A Bang Up Job: How I Cut My Own Bangs

Who knew posting one little picture on instagram with Clara would start a tell-me-more-about-the-bangs frenzy? You guys are a curious bunch, demanding a post about my hair. Haha. There were even conspiracy theories that they weren’t real and I was pulling a Kim K on you guys by flipping my ponytail and faking them. Hilarious! But they are in fact real. Can’t say the same thing about my chest (just kidding). I just got off the sofa on Saturday afternoon, walked into the bathroom and cut them, came back out and sat on the sofa, and waited for John and Clara to notice. They seemed not to mind them (in fact John said they made me look “young and hot” so I’ll take it) and they do very conveniently cover my forehead wrinkles. So… score!

Because I cut them in the bathroom mirror all by myself, they’re definitely not perfect, but they seem to pass as actual bangs in real life, as opposed to looking like a child who took the kitchen scissors to her head. And since many (many) of you guys demanded a tutorial, here she blows.

I guess we should call this the sister post to the how-I-cut-John’s-hair post that I shared here. It’s pretty straightforward so quite honestly the most awkward part was getting these photos taken. Gah, I’m terrible at posing for John. So it went something like this:

John: click, click, click, “Do you need anything else?”

Me: “Ahh, this is stupid. Nevermind! We’re done.”

John: “What? I only took three photos? You sure?”

Me: “Ok, what about one like this? Ahh, too close. Back up! back up! Maybe we need to buy a lens to make my face artfully blurry.”

John: “Um… ok. So we’re done?”

As for the actual tutorial, it goes like this:

All I did was pull the hair in front that I thought should be bangs (which made a soft curved shape at the crown) forward and then I pulled the rest of my hair back into a ponytail to keep it out of the way. My hair might look ambiguously wet/dry in the picture above, but it’s fully dry.

Which leads us to step 2…

I looked up a few pictures on google of people with blunt bangs just to notice where they stopped. The ones I liked most sort of grazed the eyelashes (good thing I looked since my first instinct would have been to cut them above my eyebrows- eeks!). Then I cut them dry while looking in the mirror with the part of hair that I sectioned out just flopping in front of my face. Cutting them dry is key for me since wet hair can look heavier and longer and then dry and shrink up, thereby ruining your life. Well, that’s a little dramatic, but it can definitely pull a fast one on you, so dry hair seems to work best for ending up with bangs at the actual intended length.

Then I dipped my head into the sink to get my bangs all wet and used a blow-dryer to blow them dry in front of my face. This was helpful because after I dried them a few long stragglers stuck out and I snipped them straight across for a more blunt look. I have a ridiculous cowlick, so I’m trying not to be a crazy about how they fall. Although in this instagram picture there was a funny comb-over effect going on since a few from the other side of my head danced over to that side (hence those few guesses that this was a bang hoax I guess, haha).

Thanks to the aforementioned cowlick, sometimes I pull them apart like this. Just if it’s humid and they’re being wonky. Sorry about this bad self portrait, I was past the point of embarrassment after posing for John, seeing the pictures he took, deleting them in horror, and telling him to back out of the room slowly while whispering “it’s not your fault this is just so awkwaaaard.”

I can still pin them all back with two tiny bobby pins and rock my regular old pony (which I did last night for the Austin signing since it was crazy rainy and my hair + humidity = Frizz-fest 2013). So I guess I get three looks from this little snip-fest: 1) blunt bangs, 2)parted bangs, and 3) no bangs at all thanks to Mrs Bobby and her friend Pins.

Anyway, I hope this quick little tutorial helps someone out there save some money on a bang trim or something. Or just gives you all a good laugh at how uncomfortable capturing these photos actually was for me. It might sound crazy but I’m used to taking pictures of the house, not my mug. So it took me right back to high school yearbook photos and I was all clammy and weird about it. Seriously I didn’t know where to look, how to smile, it was a mess. Anyone else tackling some DIY haircuts at home? Or rocking some freshly shorn bangs? Tell $herdog all about it.


  1. says

    They look great! Very pretty. I had a love/hate relationship with my bangs all of last year. I loved wearing them with sunglasses but they were just in the way all. the. time. So I’ve grown them back out to a much more manageable side-swept type. Maybe when I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed I’ll switch it up again. I can’t ever stay satisfied with my look for too long!

  2. Natalie Royall says

    I looove them. Just upset now b/c I finally grew mine out (can’t make up my mind) (wish I could change hairstyles as fast as paint colors) and now I want bangs again!! aaahh!! I was also on the train that thought they were fake, hahaha!

  3. kelley says

    You look straight up like Lea Michele in these photos. Cute! And I’m impressed, I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair, much less cut bangs!

  4. Paula says

    I did something similar a couple of years ago – I had a glass of wine, decided I wanted bangs, googled some bang-cutting tutorials, and then did it. Now if my husband comes home from work and thinks something looks “different” about me he will always say “did you have wine and then cut your hair again?”

  5. Claire says

    You look amazing! You have such gorgeous eyes and this really shines the spotlight on them. Nice trimming job! :)

  6. Emily O. says

    I just got bangs two weeks ago but feel mine are too thin compared to your thick gorgeous fringe. I am taking your picture back to my stylist for a redo! Thanks for posting!

  7. Krystal says

    I’ve never cut my own hair, but I cut my husband and son’s all the time. We do it once a month, and they both look fabulous. They like theirs short, though, so I just throw the 2 guard on for the hubs and the 3 for my son, and we roll on through the haircut. Your bangs do look super cute, girlie! I’m loving them!

  8. says

    Oddly enough, I did this same exact thing on Saturday morning! I’d gotten my hair cut the day before and had wimped out on asking the stylist to give me bangs, so Saturday morning, as my husband and I were getting dressed and ready to go to a bar mitzvah three hours from home, I just chopped bangs, walked out of the bathroom, got dressed in my fancy clothes and headed out. I’ve been told that I look young, that I look like Zoey Deschanel/Carly Rae Jepsen, that my face looks totally different, etc. And I love the bangs! Yours look awesome too!

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