How to cut hair, Haircutting techniques

The Secrets to Cutting Beautiful Bangs - Exclusive
Mini-Course, Part 1
Welcome to the first part of our mini-course.  In this course you will focus on learning how to decide which bangs will best suit you and how to cut each type of fringe.  Today we will look at what bangs are best for you.

Choosing the Bangs Best For You
Since bangs (also known as fringes), come in different lengths, shapes, and thicknesses, you need to decide what would look best on you.  When bangs are included in a hairstyle, they play a prominent role in framing your face.  They can make you look younger, heavier, more severe, or softer.  Therefore, the type of fringe you choose can make or break your haircut / hairstyle.
There are so many different options when it comes to a fringe.  You can have highlights, lowlights, or colored tips.  You can mix and match your bangs with hair flips, chips, layers, shaggy pieces, choppy pieces and panel strands.
In our lesson today we'll look at some of the more popular and basic bang types, face shapes, and hair textures.

Classic Bangs
Classic bangs are generally cut straight across your forehead and draw attention to your eyes.  A classic fringe combined with tastefully applied makeup creates beautiful eyes.
Classic fringes work very well with heart shaped faces.  They balance a large forehead and soften a prominent nose or chin.  Classic bangs should be avoided or modified for square or round faces.
You can have some fun by adding a little choppy or layered texture.  You can also carefully try some highlights and lowlights to show case your eyes.

Classic Bangs

Very Short / Baby Bangs
This style not only accents your eyes, but opens up your entire face.  Baby bangs work best with oval and round face shapes.  This is because they add length and slim down your face.  Avoid very short bangs if you have a long, angular, thin, or oblong face because they will lengthen your face.  The shorter your bangs, the longer your face will look.

Very Short / Baby Bangs

Straight Hair Bangs
If your hair is totally straight, you run the risk of having a severe look.  You can soften your style by having short, blunt styled bangs.
If you really want your bangs to be as straight as the rest of your style, you can dress them up for special occasions by adding hairspray and a touch of glitter.  You could also slick them straight back with gel for a more dramatic look.  Color also adds interest to a straight fringe.  Carefully experiment with highlights and lowlights to see what you prefer.

Straight Hair Bangs

Angled Bangs
Bangs that are angled can be angled down only one side or down both sides.  You only need a few longer hairs blended with other shorter hairs to create many different looks.  You can have just a bit of curl on the ends or you can have curls or waves throughout.  Adding just a touch of gel and then scrunching can give you a tousled look.
Angled bangs are great for round and diamond face shapes because they add new angles and soften very wide cheeks.  Longer angled bangs work well with rectangular and oblong face shapes.  They have the opposite effect of baby bangs.  They shorten your face.

Angled Bangs

Trouble Shooting With Bangs
Bangs can be used very effectively to help balance or soften prominent or angular areas of your face.  Side swept bangs are wonderful for long or thin face shapes or for pointed or angular features.  Cut your bangs to just one side if you want to soften your facial features.
Square and heart shaped faces are balanced with angled bangs.  They help to slim down or balance wide cheeks and jaws.  Strategically cut side swept bangs soften the lines of your face.  If you texturize the area around your bangs or feather your bangs, you'll create a softer look.

Trouble Shooting With Bangs

There are certain hair types that just don't lend themselves to have bangs.  These are very wavy or naturally curly hair.  Sometimes longer angled bangs work for curly or wavy hair, but usually you'll need to spend a lot of time styling it in order for it to sit right.
Another reason you may not be able to have bangs is a prominent cowlick.  If the hair in your forehead hairline has an obvious swirl or cowlick, you may have a tough time getting the hair to go in the direction that you want.
You'll need to decide what type of bangs you want. 

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