How to Cut Your Own Side Sweeping Fringe

Updated February 21, 2017

Home hairstyling is popular among those who wish to stay on the cutting edge of hair fashion, but do not want to pay the high prices that most high-end salons will charge. The side swept fringe is a look that entails cutting he fringe so that they do not hang straight down, but rather hang down and sweep to the left or right. This look can be completed using a razor, but for home stylists with a smaller arsenal of cutting tools, it can also be completed with a pair of shears.

Wrap your wet fringe over the top of a round brush.

Blow dry the hair as you pull the brush down and to the side you wish your fringe to sweep, while rolling the brush forward. Repeat as needed until your hair is dried and is swept in the direction and to the degree desired for your side swept look.

Comb through the dry fringe with a fine toothed comb until there is about two fingers worth of hair left below the comb, then grip the fringe between the index and middle fingers of your non-cutting hand by clamping them around the hair, directly below the comb.

Close your shears so they are half closed then bring them to the hair being held beneath your fingers, starting with the hair opposite the direction your fringe will sweep.

Trim the edges of the fringe, not completing the snip, rather closing the blades only slightly, then opening them slightly and repeating, moving down as you progress across the hair. As a result, the hair on the side of the sweep will be slightly longer. This is what will allow your fringe to bend to the side but still finish in a horizontal line.

Repeat Steps 3 through 5, trimming slightly higher on the hair each pass until your fringe just reach to the top of the eye they are being swept over.

Things You'll Need

  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Comb
  • Shears
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