How to Fix Overly Thick Bangs

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How to Fix Overly Thick Bangs
Thinning sheers create layers without the need to learn complex scissor techniques. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The way you wear your fringe can completely transform your whole look. Blunt, one-length fringe can create a bold, dramatic effect, while textured fringe can disguise thick or fine hair types and soften features. If you have thick hair, layering techniques can thin out and tame your fringe. The easiest way to remove excess bulk and weight from hair without taking length off the ends is with thinning sheers. Thinning shears -- sometimes referred to as thinning scissors or blending shears -- look like normal scissors, but have jagged blades that cut random strands of hair with each snip.

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • Thinning sheers

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  1. 1

    Wash your hair and allow to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Comb the fringe forward so they lie smooth over the face. Tie or clip the rest of the hair out of the way.

  3. 3

    Open the thinning sheers and slide them along a small segment of hair at one side of the fringe, between one-third and halfway down the length of the hair.

  4. 4

    Snip the hair once.

  5. 5

    Open and remove the shears carefully to avoid snagging the hair.

  6. 6

    Comb the snipped segment to remove the loose hair.

  7. 7

    Continue to snip small segments of hair in this way, working along the entire width of the fringe.

  8. 8

    Comb the fringe through to check the layers.

Tips and warnings

  • Thinning shears work best on dry straight or wavy hair that has not been previously layered.
  • For a more gradually tapered finished or for very thick fringe, make a second round of snips about two-thirds of the way down the hair.
  • Only make one snip at a time per segment. Take care not to overlap segments to avoid removing too much hair from the same area. Never use thinning sheers close to the scalp; aim to cut at the bulkiest point of the hair.

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