How to Cut Bangs on Curly Hair

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Curly hair and bangs do not often go together because curls can be so unruly.
Curly hair and bangs do not often go together because curls can be so unruly. (Image: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/pictureperfect86/curly3.jpg, http://www.beauty-advices.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/how-to-blow-dry-curly-hair.jpg)

Curly hair is a great beauty asset, but it can be very difficult to style. For instance, it's difficult to cut curly hair in an interesting and attractive manner. If you are considering cutting bangs on your curly hair, be careful. Do it correctly so that your bangs look good whether they are blown out or allowed to dry naturally.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle with water
  • Comb
  • Scissors
  • Wall-mounted mirror

Dampen your hair using the spray bottle. It should not be sodden, but you should be able to easily comb through the hair. It is not necessary for the hair to be so wet that it hangs straight.

Arrange your hair as you would normally wear it. For example, if you part it on the side, then your part should be on the side now. This will help you see where your bangs will fall.

You should wear your hair as close to the way you usually do as possible, but leave it down.
You should wear your hair as close to the way you usually do as possible, but leave it down.

Pull the hair that you want to cut down across your face into bangs. Go easy at first. You can always cut more, but you cannot put hair back later.

Cut the bang slightly longer than you think that you want it to be. Depending on how curly your hair is, you might want to allow as much as an entire inch extra. When your hair dries, it will spring back into position. This is always an issue, even with straight hair, but curly hair requires much more leeway.

Angle your scissors at about a forty-five degree angle. Because you have curls, you are simply unable to have a straight bang without flat ironing your hair. The angle will let your wear your bangs naturally as well as styled.

Check your results. As your hair dries, monitor your results. If they are not quite what you hoped, then re-wet your hair using the spray bottle and trim a little more. It is far better to have this take several tries than to hurry through the first time.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have never had bangs before, go to a stylist to get them cut the first time. Cutting curly hair is hard. Having the bangs already in place will make trimming and maintaining them a much lower-risk endeavor.
  • Cutting your own hair can be disastrous. Be patient. If you think you have made a major error, stop cutting! Wait until you or another person with a clearer head can assess the situation and repair the damage if necessary.

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