How to Cut a Layered Side Fringe

Updated April 17, 2017

Because fringe are what frame your face and affect your overall look, it's important to choose a type that works for you and your haircut. A layered side fringe, also known as side-swept fringe, is a cut that creates an asymmetric frame for the face and works with many different haircuts and styles. You can ask for a layer side fringe at your salon, but learning to cut your own fringe at home can save you time and money.

Start with dry hair so that you know how long it will be and how it will look as you cut.

Separate your fringe from the rest of your hair. Secure your hair, minus your fringe, by clipping it back with clips or hair elastics.

Separate your fringe into three parts, all of equal size.

Clip the two outer side sections out of the way so that the middle section remains. Grab this section between your index finger and middle finger.

Turn your scissor blades so that they are at a 45 degree angle. Slope them to whichever side you plan on parting your fringe.

Snip tiny pieces while working from one side of the fringe to the other. Snip until you reach your desired length. Usually, side fringes are best if cut to eye level, but you can make them longer or shorter.

Take out the clips on the side sections. Use the middle section as a guide in texture and length.

Start with one side section and snip slowly until desired length. Do the same with the other so that it matches the middle section as well.

Comb the entire section of fringe straight with a comb.

Hold your fringe between the insides of your index and middle fingers. Point the scissors down at a 45 degree angle, and position at the tips of your fingers so that you barely close the scissor blades. Run the blades down the ends of the fringe, snipping little by little, until you reach where your fingers meet your hands.


Cutting your fringe when it's wet can work, but hair shrinks as it dries.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Comb
  • Hair clips or elastic
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Tobias Starr has been writing professionally since 2010. Her specialties include fashion/beauty articles, literary analysis pieces and the occasional commentary on cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in speech communication and a Master of Arts in secondary education, both from Morehead State University.