How to cut your own blunt fringe

Updated April 17, 2017

Adding blunt fringe or bangs to your look can be a stylish way to change or update your existing haircut without an entire haircut overhaul. Cutting fringe yourself can be a manageable task, even if they're as precise as the blunt cut. You'll save money by cutting them yourself, and there won't be any effort in explaining exactly what you want to a stylist. Plus, once you've cut your fringe from scratch, it will be even easier to give yourself touch-up trims.

Cutting your own blunt fringe

Shampoo and condition your hair.

Allow hair to dry completely either naturally or with a hairdryer. Cutting fringe dry allows you to better asses the actual length, as wet hair will shrink up as it dries.

Brush or comb your hair and assess the thickness of how much you want to cut, as well as how far back and wide you want to cut. To determine width, generally, fringe should stop in the middle to where your pupil lines up with your hairline. You can better see this line by holding a tail comb, ruler, pencil, or any straight object up to your pupil.

Divide the section you've selected for fringe into three sections. Clip back the two side sections, leaving the middle section open to begin cutting.

Hold the first, middle section with the hand you're not using to cut, between your thumb and index finger, measuring 50mm (1/4 of an inch) from the tip of the hair section. You're going to only cut 50mm (1/4 of an inc) at a time. This way, you avoid making mistakes on larger portions of hair. If your hair is very long, you can get most of the hair out of the way by cutting a large portion off so it hits just at your nose and then start cutting in 50mm (1/4 inch) increments from there.

Cut hair section vertically with scissors until it hits the 50mm (1/4 inch) mark you're holding with your index finger and thumb. Don't pull hair too tightly, otherwise, you won't be able to assess hair length as accurately.

Cut the other two sections in the same manner so that they're in line with the first cut section. Continue cutting 50mm (1/4 inch) pieces off until you've hit the length you desire, fluffing hair to see how the length looks between each time you cut across all sections. When you're close to the length you want, start cutting with the scissors horizontally. If you want a more textured fringe, continue cutting vertically.


Aim to cut fringe a little longer than you want in case you do make a mistake, you can always cut more. As you fluff and assess in between each time you cut a 50mm (1/4 inch), sometimes combing your hair through is a good idea, especially if your hair is thicker, to see if you've missed any spots.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair scissors
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Blow dryer (if air drying is not an option)
  • Comb
  • Ruler, pencil, or tail comb
  • Hair clips or hair clips
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About the Author

Anna Graizbord has been writing since 2000. She is a contributor to the blog Broke Ass Stuart and has written for other blogs such as Stylequest and Frank151. Graizbord graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in women's studies from California State University Long Beach, and studied Italian and art history at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy.