How to Cut Bang Wisps

by Elle Hanson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wispy bangs are attractive and easy to cut.

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Wispy bangs look lovely on a variety of face shapes. Less severe and overpowering than the traditional blunt bang, they enhance narrow faces with delicate features. They also help to conceal a high or wide forehead. Cutting wispy bangs is not difficult, but should be undertaken only if you are confident in your abilities. Otherwise, make a quick visit to a hair salon. Many beauty parlors will cut and trim bangs for free.

Use your fine-tooth comb to part the hair 1/2 to 1 inch back from the hairline. Comb the hair that will become your bangs forward onto your forehead. The part should be even, running horizontally across the front of the head and curving down slightly past the outer edges of the eyebrows.

Pull back all of the hair that will not become bangs into a ponytail, and tie it off.

Use the spritzer to lightly mist the future bangs. They should be damp, but not wet.

Run the comb through the future bangs to remove any kinks.

Grasp the middle 2 inches of the future bangs between the middle and forefingers of your nondominant hand. Start at the roots and slide your fingers down to just below where you will cut. In general, it is a good idea to cut a little below eyebrow length. You can always take more off, but you can't put it back once it is gone.

Use the scissors to cut straight across the bangs. Use your fingers as a guide for where to cut.

Tussle the newly cut bangs with your fingers to make sure they are the right length. Trim a little more off if necessary.

Cut the rest of the bangs so they are approximately the same length as the middle 2 inches. As the bangs move toward the eyebrows, cut them at a slight downward angle so they will blend in with the rest of your hair. Use your fingers as a guide.

Turn the scissors so they are vertical with the bangs. Use the tip of the scissors to snip into the edges of the bangs. This will give them a softer appearance.

Grasp the middle 2 inches of your bangs with the middle and forefingers of your nondominant hand once again. Slide them from the roots until they are about 1 inch from the ends.

Grasp the straight razor with your dominant hand and bring it to the bangs that you are holding.

Tilt the razor at a 45-degree angle and run it lightly down the last inch of your bangs. Let the fingers that are holding the bangs slide down a little ahead of the razor. This will add texture and layers to your bangs, making them truly wispy.

Razor the rest of your bangs using the same process outlined in Steps 10 through 12.

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