Texturizing adds fullness and movement to your bangs, giving you a flirty fringe to frame your face. Blunt bangs frame the eyes and help a long face look more rounded, while texturizing -- thinning the ends of the hair -- has the opposite effect. If you want to add some height or length to your face, textured bangs can help. They also move better than weightier blunt cuts, adding lightness and bounce. You can ask your stylist to texturize your fringe, and she might use professional taper shears with rows of cutting teeth interspersed with empty spaces along the blades. You can snip your bangs into shape yourself between appointments by using sharp haircutting scissors.
Wet your bangs and towel them until the hair is just damp.
Comb your bangs straight down.
Trim your bangs straight across, using the comb as a guide, if you want to shorten your bangs. Hold the comb above the scissors and cut below it. If you only want to texturize and not shorten, skip this step.
Lift the bangs straight out from your face with the comb. Hold the comb straight across as a guide about 1/2 inch from the ends of your bangs.
Hold the scissors at a slight angle with the ends pointing directly into your bangs. Start at one side of your face and snip into the bangs as far as the comb, working at even intervals, to cut off 1/2-inch pieces of hair. These should be very thin sections. If you want more of a fringe effect, hold the comb at a greater angle.
Comb your bangs down and check that the texturing looks the way you want it. The feathered effect will be somewhat uneven, which is what you want, but the bottoms of the bangs should still be straight across.
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- You can cut your bangs when they're dry, but dampening them gives you slightly more control, especially with wavy hair.
- Never trim bangs above the comb. You'll have less control, and they may come out shorter than you intended.
Teresa Daly has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. She has been an editor at Denver's Westword along with several other publications and sites, and written articles for AOL, Society 6, TypeF.com and more.