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Bangs are here to stay. Whether you wear them long and wispy or short and spunky, they can add a layer of depth to any hairstyle. Bangs do however, require a lot of maintenance. While you may get your haircut every 8, or even 12, weeks, your bangs will start to look shabby after just a month of growth. Fortunately, maintaining your bangs in between haircuts is not nearly as difficult as giving yourself a haircut. With a good pair of shears and some patience, you can take care of your own bangs in between visits to the hairdresser.

Wash and dry your hair. Dirty hair can be weighed down with hair product, oils, and even debris from the elements. To avoid cutting your bangs too short, you want to make sure they are as light as possible. Dry your hair as usual and use a small round brush to dry your bangs thoroughly. Wet bangs lay much flatter and longer than dry bangs, which can cause you to cut off more hair than you intended to.

Gather your bangs in between the fingers of your non-dominant hand. If you're right handed, gather the bangs in your left hand, and make sure they are as flat and spread out as possible.

Slide your fingers, with the bangs still gathered in between them, close to the edge of the hair. Leave about a centimeter of hair sticking out from the ends. Trim this centimeter of hair straight across. Cut as little hair as possible, as you can always go back and cut more; But once it's cut, you're stuck with it for a while. You can repeat this process until the bangs are one to two centimeters longer than you would ideally like them to be.

Slide the fingers down only slightly, this time leaving an inch and a half to two inches of hair sticking out from the ends of the fingers.

Hold the shears vertically and snip up into the bangs. This is not a precise art. Start at one side, snip up into the bangs and then move the shears over a little and repeat this. The deeper -- or closer to the scalp -- you cut, the more defined the texture will be. Once you have gone from one side to the other, brush out the bangs to get rid of the hair that you've thinned out and assess your work. If you would like the bangs to be more textured or choppier, repeat this process until they are to your liking.


If you're not happy with the way your bangs turn out after you texturize them, visit your hairdresser. Attempting to fix them yourself will only worsen the situation. Bang trims are relatively inexpensive and, while it's nice to save a few dollars, once the situation goes awry, it's smarter to leave it to the professionals to fix.

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