how to use thinning shears on bangs
20 Jun

Armed with the right tools, hair thinning can be easy. We have compiled this guide on how to use thinning shears on bangs like a pro. Read on to learn how to achieve fine-textured bangs utilizing only your thinning shears.

How To Use Thinning Shears on Bangs in Eight Steps

  1. Clean and dry hair
  2. Use the right tools
  3. Comb through the hair
  4. Clip back and section hair
  5. Make small, vertical cuts
  6. Cut in graduated layers
  7. Work through the rest of the hair
  8. Keep Checking

A general rule to follow when using thinning shears is never to overdo it. Let’s delve into how you can use thinning shears for side-swept, curtain, curly and all other bang styles.

If you do not want to leave your client’s hair looking spiky and static, these easy steps will assist you. Follow them through to achieve the right hair texture without much fuss.

clean and dry hair

1. Clean and Dry Hair

Prep work is vital in determining the full texture of your bangs. Our hair strands expand when wet and would generate shorter than expected bangs if you cut them while damp. Wash your hair and blow-dry it, or use a flat iron to smooth it.

Remember to style your hair the way you want to cut it while drying it. Hair stylist Matt Fugate believes anyone cutting hair should style the bangs how they normally wear them. Otherwise, completely dry the hair and proceed to the next step.

Note: Curly hair is a gray area. You can cut your hair while wet, which enables you to spot unevenness faster. However, you can still dry and follow the other steps if you monitor the length you cut.

use the right tools

2. Use the Right Tools

The right thinning shears are worth the investment in giving you salon-worthy cuts. The best thinning shears generally have between 28 to 40 teeth on one side and none on the opposite edge. The shear grooves prevent split ends and a patchy look when cutting your hair.

There is a difference between scissors and shears. Scissors usually give blunt cuts, which you should avoid for the sake of these steps. You can add stylist-approved texturizing scissors for well-manicured hair.

You can use the available shears if you do not have thinning shears. You will have to use the point-cutting method to thin out bulky bangs. Only professional stylists have mastered point cutting, which takes time to perfect. The more straightforward and economical alternative is to purchase reliable thinning shears.

Some hair clips, combs and blow-dryers should be part of your tool list. A wide-toothed or fine-tooth comb will depend on the hair volume. Generally, use fine-tooth combs for bangs.

comb through the hair

3. Comb Through the Hair

Use a fine-toothed comb to detangle your hair and remove any knots. Make 20-30 passes with your comb, depending on the hair texture. Run through your hand in the hair to check for any missed knots or bulges.

If you have curly hair, you may want to straighten it before cutting. The challenge with thinning curly bangs is the micro bangs and inaccurate length typical with curls. But you can always wear bangs with curls professionally.

clip back and section hair

4. Clip Back and Section Hair

Separate the chunky bird of hair into smaller sections you can manage. Clipping your hair prevents bad hair day disasters such as over-thinning one area or accidentally cutting your bangs.

Draw a triangle shape while sectioning your hair. Start from the high point down to your baby hairs. Now is the best time to check for cowlicks. Generally, the larger the triangle, the thicker the bangs.

With this in mind, you can determine the appropriate triangle size based on the thickness you want to achieve. If you spot cowlicks, it is best to seek a professional trim or fix them before proceeding.

Use hair clips to section your hair. When you cut your bangs, they are usually longer and wider than you initially thought. It is best to clip the non-bangs for accurate comparison before proceeding.

Clipping also prevents messing up the layers you have worked on in the thinning process. Depending on the hair volume, you may need more than several clips — some to partition the hair horizontally and others into smaller manageable sections.

make small, vertical cuts

5. Make Small, Vertical Cuts

Minor vertical cuts allow you to adjust your process if you notice your bang texturizing process is not running smoothly. There are hair wizards who cut it horizontally or diagonally, but you would be better off with vertical cuts, which achieve even textured bangs. Horizontal cuts give blunt bangs that are not everyone’s ideal hairstyle.

Take about an inch length of hair, pull it forward with your hand, and hold it up. Point the shears upward and cut using your other hand. Trim the sections gradually, moving from the center towards the ends on either side. Avoid wandering close to the root of your hair.

Thinning the region around the root of your hair means the hair will double the lift when it begins to grow, making your hair harder to manage. Also, if you have longer hair, you may hold your hair at an extra inch’s length before cutting it.

When cutting your hair, ensure the shears glide through the hair. It is best to purchase ergonomic shears with sturdy grips. Resist the urge to cut your bangs horizontally.

Vertical and minor cuts give great results. You can sometimes make mistakes in the lower half of the hair; correct them, and no one will notice. Making the same mistakes on the upper end of the head is not so easy to fix.

cut in graduated layers

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6. Cut in Graduated Layers

Consider your hair a cake with layers. You are cutting the cake unconventionally, from the bottom up. Cutting your hair in graduated layers prevents over-thinning one area too much and avoids wispy bangs.

The first layer guides the other layers; therefore, you have to get it right. Cut and glide through the first layer to obtain the desired bangs. Now move upward and sometimes outward, cutting the other layers. Generally, the layers become shorter as you move toward the halo of your head.

The layers should be in sync with each other. A simple way to check is to watch how the subsequent layer falls on the former. If the second layer overlaps the first layer, you must thin the bangs more.

Let it fall while cutting your hair in graduated sections, and spot how the bangs will appear after the final cut. Make necessary changes to the styling and run through the process.

work through the rest of the hair

7. Work Through the Rest of the Hair

Snip through the rest of the sections, occasionally unclipping one section to assess the overall outcome. Pulling your hair forward achieves softer-looking bangs. However, you can never go wrong with bold styles like Shakira’s hair.

When working through the rest of the hair, you may previously thin worked-on sections to achieve a well-balanced cut. Be conservative. Over thinning reduces the volume, and there’s no remedy to that other than letting the hair grow out or opting for cuter shorter styles.

Choose to go clockwise or counterclockwise while cutting other sections of the hair. Vary the cutting angle to suit your desired style, but ensure the shears glide through the hair to avoid a choppy look.

Don’t overdo hair thinning. This tip is the cardinal rule to follow regardless of the equipment and technique you use.

keep checking

8. Keep Checking

Since you are working in front of a mirror, you can spot errors quickly. Check the bangs after thinning a section. Let the hair fall downward to check the final look.

This step is the ideal time for before/after mirror selfies for comparison. When you have gotten a glam look, stop cutting your bangs and comb through again (optional). Enjoy the fresh look.

Wrap Up

The 8-step procedure shows you how to use thinning shears on bangs like a professional stylist. Follow every step while checking the outcome to enjoy evenly textured glam bangs. Feel free to adjust any of the above steps based on your hair needs.

how to use thinning shears on bangs - wrap up

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Related Questions

Here are common questions related to thinning shears.

Are there different types of thinning shears?

There are three main types of thinning shears: chunking, finishing, and blending or texturizing. Texturizing shears have 20-30 teeth, chunking shears 6-12 and 30-40, and finishing shears 14-20 teeth.

Can I use blending shears instead of thinning shears?

Blending and thinning shears are essentially the same tools. Manufacturers have different names for these shears depending on the number of teeth.

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