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What type of hair can you cut bangs into? Well friends, If you go onto youtube and search this, we're sure a whole ton of people with different types of hair will pop up and my goodness, let us tell you, some of those videos are super cringe worthy and some are surprisingly good! But, we're not here to talk about the daydreamer 'home hairdressers'. We're here to tell you from the professional side of it. So read on and let's find out exactly what type of hair bangs can be cut into.
First up, what even are 'bangs'!? Bangs are a term used in replacement of the word fringe. While it started in the USA and the UK, the word bangs quickly caught on world-wide! Bangs as we said which are a fringe is essentially hair that falls over the forehead to either cover the forehead or create shape to a style cut. For example, most bangs are cut in a straight line whereas other versions can be cut on an angle or sweeping motion so it's more soft and not as harsh. Keeping in mind however that there is a huge range of different types of bangs around which we are about to go through.
Like any hair style there are always different versions or multiple styles that one can cut. But just how many are there? Well, we can safely say there are HEAPS! And some stylists also create their own form of 'bangs' While they may not be a true 'bang' they are still considered to be in the same category. So let's name a few with a little details to follow.
First and foremost we have the standard straight line/full fringe type of bang/blunt bangs. The straight, full fringe or blunt bangs is one of the common types of fringes. Typically seen on all sorts of hair types(except curly) BUT the big but here is it absolutely has to suit the face shape. What do we mean by that? Well it's not recommended for someone with a small forehead and low hairline to have a full fringe. However, if the person's face has a medium to large forehead and higher hairline it's then recommended to cut a fringe into the hair to reduce and soften the features of the forehead/face.
Second in line is the obvious 'side fringe bangs/ side swept bangs/side fringe/curtain bangs. Again, with the many different names for a sweeping side fringe there are many different ways a side swept bangs can be worn and cut. But who are they best suited for? Typically anyone that wants a slight feature to their face with overcrowding a style or someone's face. While yes, there are many names to a simple side fringe you still need to consider the face shape they will be going on. Who would want something that's going to exaggerate the shape of their face in a bad way!?
Ok so we know we keep talking about face shapes more than hair type at this stage, but bear with us because a face shape has just as much effect then hair type when it comes to cutting bangs in. So what face shapes suit what fringes you ask? Easy!
As long as you can identify a face shape then you, as the professional hair stylist, should have no worry on knowing if it's going to suit your client or not no matter what type of fringe you cut into whatever type of hair.
Here at scissor tech you know we pride ourselves in telling the truth and our honest opinions. So when asking what type of hair can bangs be cut into? We will tell you - any type of hair really! But, the real question that should be asked is will bangs suit any type of hair? Not what. And that answer is a firm no! As harsh as it sounds, unfortunately not all hair types will suit bangs!
Let's say your afro curly haired client comes in asking for bangs. You cut the bangs in and whoops, it's sprung up and does not look how it should. Now your client is beyond mad but you as a professional hair stylist should have pre warned them it won't suit their hair type unless they're willing to put the work into ie: straighten/blow wave it out everyday. But these days, most people see something they want and expect it to look the same on them. So please, we stress to you to examine the type of hair whether it's fine, thick, curly or straight before cutting those bangs in!
We've said it before and we'll say it again, Don't, just don't cut your own bangs at home! We're telling you now to put the kitchen scissors down and walk away! Unless of course you're a professional hairdresser with professional hair cutting scissors that knows what you're doing then maybe just maybe you can cut bangs at home on yourself. But still, bangs are a super precise job that easily needs a either a front on look or a birds eye view to ensure you cut your bangs properly, and as some may know, cutting your own bangs can leave you a little cross eyed even if you think your doing it in a step by step breakdown type of way. So please, cutting your own bangs leave it to the pros!
So as we know there are multiple types of 'bangs' so we're going to give you the generic rundown on how to cut bangs. Whether it's a perfectly straight line or a horizontal cut you're after, rest assured bangs can be relatively easy to cut if you follow the right steps and use the right tools.
Wispy bangs, wavy bangs, straight hair bangs, curly bangs, jagged cut bangs, no matter the bang section you're taking or wanting to create, it's so important to work slowly and take small snips. Even a celebrity hairstylist is known to take their time when creating the perfect bang.
So, to start on any type of bang most stylists prefer to make sure the hair is completely dry to be able to make sure they are getting the perfect length for the desired bangs. If you're the type to let hair air dry then of course that's fine however you may want to use your blow dryer to stretch out the hair because believe it out not - hair shrinks! Crazy right!? Which is why we always suggest to blow dry the hair and stretch it out to get the perfect desired length of the future bangs.
Then you will get your section of hair that you have sectioned off to create your bangs and with your two fingers (middle and index fingers) measure out the exact length of where you want the bangs to sit - Keep in mind no cutting is to be made at this stage this is merely to make sure the desired length will be achieved.
Once you know the location of where you wish to start cutting you'll get your section of hair with a fine tooth comb, and start cutting. Now bearing in mind, less hair is more, so if you cut less hair to start with you can always add to it later if you feel you want the bangs to be a little heavier or more dense.
Once you've cut the bangs in, you may find they might fall a little heavy and use the point cutting technique to take some of the weight out. When finished point cutting you'll then be able to see the bangs fall naturally and in place. It may take a little bit of fine tuning for the bangs to sit how you want them to but once they are perfected you wont need to worry about them any further, well, until your client comes back for their 6 - 8 week trim and to trim bangs back to bangs and not weird face framing layers that they may have grown out to be.
Although we have just run through the basics you still might find comfort in watching a step by step tutorial done by of course a professional! We hope this article has helped answer your questions about types of hair and bangs. Happy cutting bangs!