How to Cut V-Shaped Bangs

By Mimi Bullock

V-shaped bangs, also called vampire or goth bangs, look edgy with any hair length. For the smoothest V-shape, you should have straight or easily straightened hair without a lot of curl or wave. This unique bang style encircles the eyebrows, bringing the focus to your eyes and face. On a round, full face, this severe bang style may not look flattering. If you are not experienced at cutting your own bangs, it may be better to have a stylist cut the V-shape, or at least create a neat row of bangs across your forehead.

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Coarse, thick bangs are easy to shape into a V-shape.

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Step 1

Start with clean, dry hair. If you must straighten your hair to achieve a flat look, use your preferred straightening accessory such as a flat iron or blow dryer to get smooth bangs. A good V-look needs to start with smooth, cowlick-free bangs.

Step 2

Cinch back the rest of your hair in a ponytail holder or tuck it behind your ears. Use clips or bobby pins to hold back strays. The bang section should be cleanly separated from the rest of the hair. Use a rat-tail comb to get a clean part.

Step 3

Trim the bangs across your forehead, just above the eyebrows. Keep the cut straight by making several small, straight-line cuts with sharp hairstyling scissors. Comb away cut hair with a fine-tooth comb.

Step 4

Use trimmers to edge two half-moon shapes in your bangs, one over each eye. Take your time and start with shallow curves rather than large curves. Less can be more with this bangs style. Comb and continue to trim with the electric trimmer to get the V-shape you desire.

Step 5

Smooth the V-bangs into a pronounced shape using a styling product like a pomade. For interesting depth, consider adding highlights or lowlights to your bangs.