How to cut your own fringe at home

Whether you’ve wanted to try bangs for a while, or already have a fringe that desperately needs a trim, the good news is that it’s relatively easy to do it yourself.

If you’ve been stuck at home for a while, you may be looking to shake things up a bit.

The quickest way to change your hairdo without too much commitment is to get a fringe.

And if it does all go horribly wrong, you probably have enough time to grow it out before life gets back to normal after coronavirus shutdowns…

Things to consider before you commit to a fringe

Your lifestyle

A fringe is high-maintenance. Committing to one means you must commit to styling it. Make sure you really want a fringe, or you’ll end up in headband limbo for a long time.

Not all fringes are equal

Think about what style you’re going for. Blunt, heavy bangs look great on thick hair while soft and feathered fringes are good for finer wisps.

Also, think about if you want a style that is straight across or side-swept. Note that the side bangs are more low-maintenance and tend to be easier to grow out.

Hair texture

If you have super curly hair and a cowlick, maybe a fringe is not for you.

It’s a good idea to get some inspiration from celebrities and models who have a similar texture to yours – that way you can gauge if they will work for you.

How to cut your own fringe


  • A fine-tooth comb for sectioning.
  • Sharp, clean scissors.


  • Ensure your hair is clean and wet and use your normal parting as your starting point.


  • Keeping the rest of your hair back behind your ears, comb forward using a fine-tooth comb.
  • Gather your “bangs” in one hand just a little lower than the fringe length you want.
  • Gently pull them down and rest them in a point on the bridge of your nose.
  • Hold them in place by pressing your thumb on top of the ends (your thumb should be upright, above the rest of your hand).
  • Don’t pull your hair too taut because when you let go, your fringe will spring up and be too short.
  • Snip the smallest amount possible, going up and around your thumb tip. This way, the bangs end up a little longer as they approach the temples – it creates a nice, natural shape.
  • Let go of your hair and, holding the scissors vertically, gently snip into your bangs to avoid any harsh lines.
  • Go slow and keep stepping back in the mirror to check out your results. That way, you can always cut off more length if need be.

How to maintain a fringe

Avoid product overload

The heat of a dryer is enough to tame a fringe – using products can make it greasy or crunchy. The exception is fine hair, which can benefit from volumiser.

Tame flyaway hairs

If flyaways are a problem, mist a brush with hair spray and run it over the bangs.

Trim it

And remember, a fringe requires frequent trims – about every three to four weeks – to keep them looking good.

Written by Nikki Yazxhi.