How to Use Thinning Shears on Bangs

Using thinning shears on fringe is an inexpensive way to maintain your haircut. Thinning shears create the trendy, pieced look. Try using thinning shears to cut your own fringe and saving yourself money.

Have an idea of what style you'd like to create beforehand. Look in magazines or online of bang styles that you like.

Wash and dry your hair. Dry hair gives you a better idea of how short you're cutting it. Wet hair is generally longer than short hair. It can give you an incorrect picture of how much you're cutting.

Part your hair where you would normally part it.

With a comb, measure halfway down your hair shaft. This is the best place to start.

With swift motions, used the thinning shears to snip the hair shaft. After a few cuts, step back and reassess.

For pieced fringe, only cut halfway down the shaft, moving up if you want them to be shorter. For longer, sleeker fringe, only cut near the very end of the shaft.


Always cute at least 1/4-inch below where you want the end result to be. It can be hard to gauge the length of fringe, so err on the side of caution and cut them longer than you think you want them to be.


Only use thinning shears every third haircut. Any more often and you will remove too much hair, causing it to become too thin.

Things You'll Need

  • Thinning shears
  • Comb
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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.