Ladies who wear wigs have endless style options -- long, short, curly, straight -- and all in whatever color suits best. Even with all these styles, you may still choose to pull out your scissors and trim your wig so that it brings out the best in your face shape and showcases your personality. A classic bob wig can be a low-maintenance option that will be less likely than a longer wig to tangle or snag and you can take your style to playful and flirtatious with just a few snips. Just remember -- wig hair won't grow back, so take it slow and trim with caution!
Fit the wig onto the foam wig head, secure it with pins and comb the hair until it's smooth. If you have a lace-front wig, find the center front of your wig -- where a center part would begin -- and pick a point at least one inch behind the front of the lace. It is from this point that you'll gather hair for your bangs. For a monofilament top wig, you can go back slightly less than an inch for wispier, thinner bangs. If you don't have a wig head, you can wear the wig while cutting.
Comb forward the hair that you want to cut into bangs. Clip the rest of the hair back to keep it out of your way. The section of hair for your bangs should start above the center of your left eye and go horizontally across, ending at the point above the center of your right eye. For a wider bang, you can cut more hair from the sides, but begin with less to avoid overcutting.
Comb the section of hair straight and hold it between your thumb and forefinger in front of the nose. Trim the hair off at the tip of the nose. The length of the bangs will be very long. Also, since you pulled all the hair to a center point, the bangs will be slightly longer on the sides. This will help your bangs blend more seamlessly into the rest of your wig hair.
Slowly and carefully trim your bangs up to your desired length, taking off just 1/8 to 1/4 inch with every snip. If you're using a wig head, remove the wig and place it on the wearer to ensure that you cut the bangs to a flattering length. Longer bangs help disguise a large forehead and tend to be more universally flattering, while a bang cut slightly above the eyebrows will showcase the wearer's eyes.
Comb an extra 1/2 inch of hair back from the top front of the wig if you want to cut a thicker bang. Comb in and cut an extra 1/4 inch of hair on either side of the forehead (above each eye) to create a wider bang.
- For bangs that are the same length from side to side, divide the bang hair into four sections and trim them all the same length.
- Wig heads are smaller than real heads so be absolutely sure to cut the bangs long if you're using a wig head, and then place the wig on the wearer's head to cut the bangs up to the desired length.
- Use styling products, combs and scissors designed specifically for your wig type to avoid damaging the wig hair.
Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.
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