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How to Trim Your Own Bangs: Guest Blogger

We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.  

When I was 12, I was determined to trim my own bangs, so I slowly cut a straight line across my forehead. Result: one side was definitely higher than the other. So I cut another straight line. Then another. And another, until my bangs were roughly 1 mm long.

Don’t let this happen to you! I spoke with Taylor Ingram, Cutting Specialist with Paul Mitchell The School in Costa Mesa, California, to find out how to trim your bangs the right way:

1. Keep It Dry
Cutting wet bangs is a bad idea—Taylor has seen some jump from right above the eyebrows to the middle of the forehead once dry. “You should style your bangs – not just air dry them—before trimming,” he says.

2. Less Is More
“I always work less to more,” Taylor says. That means starting lower down on your hair than you think you should. Remember: you can always make your bangs a little shorter, but not a little longer.

3. Ace The Sideswept Bangs
If you want your fringe to sweep to the right, Taylor recommends pulling them to the left, cutting a straight line, then brushing the bangs back to the right. “This gives them a really nice blended look,” he says.

4. Ditch The Straight Line
For straight bangs, don’t just cut a hard line across your forehead (like me!). “We use the tips of the scissors to point cut the line in,” Taylor says. “That way there are tiny peaks and valleys, so the line doesn’t shift when you move.”

Looking for more great beauty tips from Natalie? Read the rest of her summer-time favorites advice.

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