Bangs, the ultimate decision that can make or break your look and for a very long time. I’ve never been a real fan of bangs but I am very familiar with the decision making process because I am forever part of the same conversation with friends and family throughout the years. It goes a little something like this:
“Should I get bangs?”
“Wouldn’t I look better with bangs?”
“I think I need bangs…again.”
“Why did you make me get bangs?!”
“My bangs make me look like a little girl!”
“I HATE my bangs!!”
Bangs can be stylish or silly, flirty or failing, trendy or treacherous. It’s never a happy medium so they are either looking amazing or they can look like you let your 4 year-old niece play dress up in your head. The “should I or shouldn’t I get some bangs” is a real dilemma for every woman but for a natural woman it can be down right scary.
The thing about natural hair that makes it unpredictable is that our hair is prone to shrinkage and this can vary from natural to natural with some having around 25% to some getting as much as 75% shrinkage. With numbers like that trying to cut your hair is a challenge but figuring how your bangs are going to fall and fit into the overall picture of your look seems even more impossible.
Have no fear, Sabrina is here! OK, I’m not the bang whisperer but I did some digging to find out the best way to cut your own bangs. Before we get to the cutting part though we have to figure out if you actually absolutely want bangs. We ask this because it is just as easy to just create fake bangs by pinning them back. It’s the safe and easy way to get the style of bangs without the work or commitment.
It is better to start here is you aren’t sure and 101LadyT gives one of the best ways to get that bang loving feeling without scissors since everyone knows growing out bangs is really no fun. If you miss ’em rock ’em with three little bobby pins* and then go back to your regular length when you’re done. Check out her video tutorial below:
Faux bangs no scissors needed- 101LadyT
If you have decided to take the plunge and get bangs and you don’t want to go to a stylist then you can absolutely do it yourself with the right tutorial. Typically you want to cut your bangs on dry hair and pretty much clump by clump.
We recommend starting out with your hair in its most organic state, this means not weighed down by product stretched or wet. With some cutting shears start out slow, carve out the section of hair you plan to cut and let it fall naturally so you can see what you are doing and just where to start cutting.