How to trim and thin out your bangs

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How to trim and thin out your bangs
Clean up and shorten fringe with a few simple snips. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Avoid frequent trips to the hairstylist by learning how to trim and thin out your own fringe. Equipped with the proper cutting shears, anyone can create a clean textured look, while not affecting their current hairstyle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shearing scissors
  • Thinning shears
  • Comb

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  1. 1

    Gather the necessary materials to trim and thin the bags. Purchase a set of shearing scissors, as well as, thinning shears. Using the proper tools will avoid damage to the hair or incorrect cuts. Stand in front of a well-lit mirror with few distractions.

    How to trim and thin out your bangs
    Using the proper hair cutting tools will avoid mistakes and damage. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Style the hair as it is worn daily, pulling all but the fringe away from the face. Separating the fringe from the rest of the hair will ensure that only the fringe are cut. Do not wet the hair. Wet hair wears longer and may result in a shorter length than desired.

    How to trim and thin out your bangs
    Thin out thick fringe with a set of thinning shears. (Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Pull the fringe in front of the face, holding the scissors upwards, perpendicular to the hair. Cut into the bags rather than straight across, resulting in a natural, blended appearance. Trim in short segments only cutting a small amount at a time. Check the styled look frequently while cutting, ensuring that the fringe are not overcut.

    How to trim and thin out your bangs
    Style the hair as usual, before making any cuts to the fringe. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Thin the fringe with the use of the thinning shears, similar to regular scissors but with toothed edges to eliminate the bulk of thick hair. Divide the hair into small sections. Move the shears along the middle of the section, halfway between the scalp and the ends of the hair. Snip in small sections, completing this action among the different pieces. Complete a thinner appearance with a textured layered look by repeating this action 1/3 of the way from the end of the tip of hair. Do not overdo the thinning.

    How to trim and thin out your bangs
    Add texture and layers to hair fringe with a shearing scissors. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Stop cutting the fringe when satisfied with the look. Style the hair with the new fringe, checking for any missed pieces. Make sure that the fresh bang cut fits and blends well with the hairstyle.

    How to trim and thin out your bangs
    Style fringe according to the hairstyle for a fitting appearance. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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