Does it seem the chic curtain bang trend is leaving you behind?
Maybe you’ve tried. But despite taking photos of what you wanted to your stylist you still can’t get what you’re looking for?
Sometime you just have to take things into your own hands. Luckily cutting your own swooped out curtain fringe doesn’t have to be that hard.
Still getting up to speed on how to cut Bardot bangs is smart.
To help you up your game how about three video tutorials from hair stylists?
To kick things off Sylvia offers tips on what’s what with these guys. Offering good to know tidbits you might not otherwise think of. Especially if this is your first time.
So what should you expect to see when your scissors sesh is done?
Keep watching and find out.
VIDEO #1 ellebangs Stylist Reveals: How to cut and style curtain bangs
Admittedly this isn’t exactly a video on how to cut them yourself. (Although we do have one that covers doing just that. Including 5 dumb DIY curtain bangs moves to avoid. Just what you need for taking the scary out of cutting them at home.)
Still she does reveal some interesting think-abouts.
So that after watching you should have solid understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish and how.
Just wish she had covered how to section your hair before starting. That triangle parting’s critical.
But no worries.
It’s covered in-depth in another video below.
First a properly cut curtain bang needs to have a decent slant to it. Meaning from the shortest piece that grazes your brow to the longest that caresses your neck you want a fairly long, gentle sweep.
Tip: Bangs should always be cut with a center part to insure symmetry. So both sides are even? But you can part them however you wish when wearing them.
Next, the end of the bang should run to at least your jaw line. If it terminates around your ear lobe, well, the cut has not been done in the spirit of this 70’s fringe. That’s just a longer traditional bang.
Now one thing many stress about is where they should start.
Use your eyebrows to guide how short to cut them. That’s right. Typically you want them grazing your brow.
Keeping in mind the shorter your start point the stronger the curtain bang affect you’ll get.
On the other hand the shorter your bang the more styling will be required.
Then the soft, feathery feel to this look is in part achieved by point cutting.
Tip: When doing this yourself just don’t overdo it to where the point cut ends become too wispy or thinned out.
VIDEO#2 Tutorial On How To Cut Your Own Curtain Bangs Step By Step
Given how many salon horror stories I’ve read, it’s no surprise you want to know how to do curtain bangs on yourself.
All the more if it seem everyone has these face framers but you.
If you’re feeling left out this video Gabi filmed lays out 9 steps to DIY curtain bangs
It’s great for beginners. Walking you step by step clearly describing what to do each step of the way.
- Duckbill clips
- Hair scissors
- Fine tooth comb
Step 1: Make your middle part.
Step 2: Section the hair for the bang into a triangle.
Many struggle with how to start this. Basically you do a traditional triangle parting, The depth varies. Typically from one to two inches back from your hairline.
The size of the triangle also varies by how much hair you have, how much you want in your fringe (the further back you go the fuller the fringe will be), and the hair’s texture.
The fine haired will need more devoted to their bang. Too little will leave you with a wispy fringe that tends to almost disappear.
On the other hand thick hair may need less. Too much leaves you with unwanted chunkiness.
Make sure the point where your triangle is parted is even. You want the ends ending at the same point on both of your temples. That insures you’re working with two equal pieces.
Step 3: Wet the hair – makes it easier for non-stylists to cut. (All the more important if trying to get perfect curtain bangs even with a cowlick.)
Step 4: Comb the bang straight down
Step 5: Divide the bang in two and make your first cut
The first cut determines the length. So know that where you make the initial straight across cut should be how long you want them to be.
Tip: Keep the hair straight so it’s even when cut. Do that by keeping your fingers parallel to the floor. Oh and don’t pull it too taut. That helps insure a what you see is what you get result.
Note too that in this case she started cutting right under her nose. As she points out, it’s a good proxy for being long enough to graze your cheek bone area.
Step 6: Take one half and over direct it to the opposite side. You can see what that means in the video. This is how you create the swoopiness you’re looking for.
Snip straight across. This will cause the hair to bevel or slope from short to long when styled to the side.
Tip: Use hair shears not something you picked out of your junk drawer.
Step 7: Double check for evenness.
You want the long sides, the middle and the center to match and be all even. Point cut as needed to even things out.
Step 8: Blow dry using either a round brush and dryer or a blow dry brush.
The technique she uses is to blow dry on a round brush with the hair going backwards. This is how to blow dry curtain bangs in a way that gives you both swoop and lift.
Step 9: How do they look? Too bulky? Too thick? If so point cut them as needed to thin them out.
Tip: Remember when point cutting the idea is to remove excess bulk to soften the look. Not cut off more length.
She offers two ways to do this. You’ll want to check out the video to see how.
If you’re still not comfortable after watching her do it do yourself a favor and check out our beginner’s guide on how to point cut your own hair. You’ll find it loaded with tips and tricks you need to know to keep from ruining your hair.
Tip: Here’s an easy refresh for second day hair . Just wash your bangs and the halo effect of clean hair up front will make all your hair look fresher.
VIDEO #3 Stylist Reveals: How To: Cutting Curtain Bangs On Long Hair
Then here’s another stylist heard from. Kristy’s definitely got her hair game locked in.
This video too is jam packed with good to know tips and techniques. Perfect if you’re a do-it-yourselfer looking to cut these guys in on their own.
Yes she’s demonstrating how to cut long bangs. But the methods work regardless of length.
So we’ll lay out the highlights of what she shares. Leaving it to you to check out the video to get the full 411 on the techniques she uses. But this is a good nuts and bolts overview of how to cut these face framers yourself.
Just to set the stage here …
Question: What qualifies as long curtain bangs?
Answer: Generally that’s anything that’s chin length or longer.
Okay but while the focus of this video is longer bangs don’t think you can’t pick up a tip or two.
It’s crammed full of one valuable bit of bang cutting wisdom after another that likely applies regardless of how long or short your hair is.
Here’s some of what you’ll discover…
Find out the simple move to make to get a bang that’s thicker, fuller, more robust. Or conversely what to do if a softer, airier one is more to your liking. It comes down to how much hair you dedicate to your bang.
Get the 411 on how to section out the hair to devote to the bang.
Learn what to use to as a guide to determine the width of your curtain fringe.
SPOILER ALERT: Typically you use the arch of your brow as your guide.
You definitely want this parting to be super precise. So each side is the same size. Otherwise your bangs will be uneven.
As you’d image getting the length right is important. It’s also where many do it yourselfers go wrong. She shares three tips to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Wet them down before cutting? Do you know the one thing not to do to avoid ending up with an outcome that’s shorter than expected?
With curtain bangs the middle is shortest. While the sides are the longest. There’s another thing to keep in mind to avoid the biggest mistake made that leaves your bang shorter than you intended.
Plus get a great little hack to use to get the length right for how you style your hair.
Which do you cut first – your longest or your shortest length?
See how to blend the shortest and longest lengths to get the angled affect curtain bangs are known
What to do if you want your fringe to seamlessly blend with the rest of your hair. (You do.)
Just feel this video is jam packed with little tips that are good to know if cutting these guys yourself.
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