Cutting Techniques

Cypriano of New York curl salon Christo Fifth Avenue likes bangs to fall around the nose, with one or two feathers cut underneath. That provides styling options. The longer hair can be swept to the side, revealing the shorter wisps.

For those with wavy hair, Zimmerman says she loves the side-part bang that falls just above the cheekbone.

Bangs should never be cut wet because of the shrinkage factor. After the hair is dry, each ringlet should be cut individually.

"Don't just go in and attack," Massey says. "Just take one curl at a time." The bangs should be cut from the corner of the eye to the nose.

"It should never go past the corner of the eye or it's cutting into the side," Torch says. The bangs should not be cut evenly or they could look clumpy — the dreaded ledge.
"You don't want a distinct fringe," says Redken freelance stylist Noah Hatton.

"We're seeing longer bangs that you can sweep to the side," says New York stylist Rodney Cutler.

Massey uses a bobbypin or duckbill clip to set the bang in place when it's drying.

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Bangs for Different Textures

For those with looser, wavier hair, bangs can be blow-dried or diffused separately for a pretty, sexy, Bohemian look.

'In the past, we weren't blending textures,' Cutler says. 'The hair tended to be worn either curly or straight. Now the bangs may be worn straighter than the rest of the hair.'
But cutting bangs is no casual affair. And people should think long and hard about it before taking the plunge.

'You can't just say 'I'll try it,'' Torch says. 'You have to really know what you're getting involved in. Bangs are a commitment.'

If your hair grows slowly, be especially cautious with bangs, says Zimmerman.
'You can always add more or go shorter, but there's nothing worse than growing out too-short bangs.'

And some people should stay away from bangs altogether, cautions Cypriano. Women with kinkier curls should stay away from bangs, he says. Or maybe they have one or two curls around their forehead to form a bang.

'As you get less curly, you can add a little more,' Cypriano says.