How to Cut your own Fringe – Step by Step

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My fringe needs cutting, like, now….

As you can see I’m not going to get far looking like this. Not without bumping into things anyway. So today I’m going to show you how to cut bangs, or a fringe in the UK, at home. No waiting at the hairdressers.


A Hairdressers visit is not looking imminent, but it’s not really necessary to spend money or hang around waiting for a trim as it’s dead easy to cut bangs at home.

How to Cut bangs

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again and I PROMISE that if you follow these steps it’ll work out fine, and if it doesn’t, remember it’s only hair, it grows back. If it didn’t you wouldn’t need to cut it….

Anyway, hats are cool.

How to cut bangs or a fringe…..

  • Prepare your equipment

If you want to cut your own fringe you will need the following….


  • Scissors – You don’t need proper hairdressing scissors, but something fairly small and sharp enough to cut hair is good. I just used normal paper scissors. Though these kits from Boots are dead cheap.
  • Comb – With fairly fine teeth. A tail comb can be handy for sectioning but it’s not a big deal if you don’t have one.
  • Water Spray – It’s easier to cut hair wet. To keep it that way you need water. Try a travel spray bottle.
  • Hairdryer & Round brush – for drying your fringe afterwards

    Prepare your area

I find it easier to sit on the floor when I cut my fringe as I can get closer to the mirror. Wherever you sit make sure you can get close to the mirror sitting straight on, if YOU are wonky then so will your fringe be.

Put down paper or plastic on the floor. Something that can go in the recycling or bin afterwards. You can use a towel but all those tiny bits of hair will be stuck in it forever.

  • Prepare your hair

    • Spray the front of your hair with water and part it down the centre
    • Now section off your fringe. This is where your tail comb might come in handy. Pick a point on top of your head. The further back you go the heavier the fringe, but you really don’t want to go any further than level with your ears. Section off a wedge shape of hair using the ends of your eyebrows as a guide. Just keep combing until you get a good line, this bit’s important to get right or you’ll end up with bits too long, or bits that should be long too short.

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    As you can see you’ll not only end up looking like the scary girl from The Ring but you’ll also get a section of hair that doesn’t go back as far as your ears.

    Tie the rest of your hair back, or clip it out of the way so you don’t hack it off by accident

    • Pull this fringe section into a point at the front of your head, then take your comb at about eyebrow height and comb the hair down until only a few millimetres are visible underneath the comb. The principle of this is that you will create a nice face framing line as the bits of hair from the side have further to go to the middle of your nose and will therefore be longer.

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  • CUT!

You will be scared at this point. Remember 3 things

  • Hair stretches when wet
  • You can’t stick hair back on
  • Hair grows back.

Cut a tiny bit at a time, you can always go back and cut more off later. Keep the comb level so your fringe is the same length all the way across.


  • Dry

Blow dry your hair like you normally would. I like a bit of bounce in mine so I normally use a round brush underneath and direct the flow down over my hair.


Once your hair is dry you can assess the length of your fringe and how even if it is. If it’s still too long then spray it with water and go back to the last step, trimming a tiny bit at a time until you get the right length.You can also trim small stray hairs off when it’s dry to even it out.

You can do this over and over again, so don’t get snip happy and chop off a whole load at once. You will regret it, you might even blame me, but it won’t be my fault, it will be yours.

  • Ta Da!

You have a lovely face framing fringe and it didn’t cost you any money.


You will probably have a face covered in tiny bits of hair, you will definitely have a floor covered in tiny bits of hair (hence the newspaper, see, I tell you these things for your own good)

For the record I am incredibly cack handed. I frequently stick my fingers together with superglue and I am covered in burns, scars and bruises as evidence of my Little Miss Clumsy status, but even I can manage this with little trouble.

Now you’ve successfully created your beautiful face framing fringe why not try your hand at some super easy hair styles (ie. Ones that even I can do) here’s a 40s inspired look that’s easy to do every day and an Audrey Hepburn inspired up do

13 Responses
  • jennine
    August 18, 2009

    i need to do this!
    .-= jennine´s last blog ..Modern Classics =-.

    • Retro Chick
      August 18, 2009

      It’s so easy, I couldn’t believe it was so neat when I blow dried it.

      Years ago I used to use a piece of sellotape to try and trim my own fringe when it was dry (back in the 90s when those straight across fringes were in!) and I always ended up with chunks missing.

  • GG
    August 18, 2009

    Fantastic! I’ve cut my fringe in the past, but it often looks a little wonky when I do it myself! I’m gonna ace it next time! Thanks!

  • Alicia
    August 31, 2009

    Amesome guide! =)
    Next time you cut your fringe could you please make a video?
    Thanks =) I really adore your fringe!

  • Julia
    December 11, 2009

    great- i used your guide to help me fix the fringe that i cut shitly the first time. it looked shit before but now it looks sick. thank you!

  • Lee
    December 14, 2009

    Brilliant guide. Love the humour! I want to know how to cut a side fringe though… but this is a good reference for me, cheers!

  • Tiffany
    January 5, 2010

    Thank you so much for the tutorial, I tried it last month and was blown away at how easy it was. Now if I could just do something with the rest of my hair…

  • stuffedmice
    January 24, 2010

    i’ve tried your method today and it worked fine! thank you!
    .-= stuffedmice´s last blog ..answer =-.

  • Loulou
    April 14, 2010

    Thank-you so much for posting this.
    My fringe had got as long as my top lip and I was debaiting growing it out, but when I found this I thought “oh i’ll give it a go”…
    And you know what – it worked.
    Finally I realise how much extra definition my face has with this lovely fringe! Genius!

  • Becky
    August 7, 2010

    This is a thing of WONDER.

  • Bobby
    September 11, 2010

    OMG THANKS! It worked soooo well! I’m only 14! Thank you soo much!