Wednesday, 19 June 2013

How to cut and style your own fringe (bangs)

Hello beauties!!

We're going on with the basics of beauty series today, and talking about your fringe or bangs. If you're like me and you don't have the time, money or patience to pop into the salon for simply cutting your fringe every couple of weeks, this post is especially for you. And if you've always wanted bangs, but have never had the guts to get them cut because you don't know how to style them, keep reading, because I've got some cool videos for you.

You get two basic groups of bangs (well, there are variations on these as well, but these are the two most popular ones).

* Straight across bangs are exactly what the name says; a fringe cut in a straight line across your forehead. You get some variations on this, aka the thick, fuller bang, or the thinner, more wispy straight bang. The current trend for this is a thick and longer bang, which hangs just past your eyebrows. Straight across bangs work better with rounder face shapes. If you're more angular, you should avoid this cut, because it would make your face seem even more angled. This can also do wonders for oblong faces, because it can remove some length from your face.

Don't know what face shape you have? Honey, I've got the post just for you!! Click here for more on face shapes.

Here's how to cut and style the blunt fringe.

Just remember that if you do this, you don't have to cut straight across. You can cut upwards at an 45 degree angle to create a more textured look. Check out the creaclip video to see how to cut straight across, with a clipper and at a 45 degree angle. You can also use a thinning shear (you know, the one with the teeth) to get a more wispy look.

Now on to styling.

* Side swept bangs are cut diagonally and are parted to one side. These come in different lengths and thicknesses too, so you can decide what works best for you. This cut can work well on almost all face shapes, depending on the length. It will make rounder faces seem more angular and more angled faces seem softer and more rounded. But beware of this if your face is rectangular or oblong, because it can elongate your face even further.

On to cutting and styling side swept bangs. The first is a straight cut technique, which uses thinning shears to texturise. The second video shows you how to do this without the thinning shears.

This last video shows 10 ways to style your side swept bangs and is from Cute Girls Hairstyles.

If you happen to have a creaclip, here's different ways you can use that to cut bangs.

If you have really short hair and want to style your bangs, these are just for you!!

I really hope this post inspired you to trim your own bangs (or get them cut by a pro if you're scared) and inspired you to style them in different ways.

Next time in the basics series, I'll talk about styling (as in cute up, half up and down styles) when it comes to really long and medium length hair. In the post after that, we'll cover bob and short styles. So tune in for that over the next couple of weeks.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


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