Introduction: How to Cut Your Own Sidebangs

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Welcome to my tutorial! The goal today is to take dull, drab hair and transform it with some sassy, flirty sidebangs. This super easy method takes all of five minutes, but here I’m going to break it down for you, along with some helpful side notes and other options.

Materials Needed: Comb, scissors, clips, mirror, some hair, flat iron/straightener (optional), water bottle (optional).

Preparation: Part your hair down the middle. If you are cutting it wet , make note of your natural texture. Curly hair should be cut longer than desired, otherwise you’re going to have itty bitty curlies right on your hairline. Wavy and straight hair is fine. If you are cutting it dry , flat iron the hair you’ll be cutting. Keep in mind that this will give you more precision, but your bangs may not look exactly the same when you wear your hair natural.

Just as a side note, my mannequin is the CLiC model named Courtney.

Step 1: Create a Triangular Part

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It’s important not to make the triangle’s base too wide or too narrow. Your pupil is usually a good guide, but if you’re worried, take a little less hair. You can always cut more off later, but putting it back on costs major mula. Also, don’t make the triangle too tall. If you do you’ll be cutting into your hairstyle, resulting in some serious flyaways and frizzies.

Step 2: Brush Hair to the Opposite Side You Want Your Bangs to Fall

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Wait, what? The opposite? Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. If you want your bangs to go left, brush them right. If you want them to go right, brush them left. This will all make sense in the end, just trust me.

Step 3: Twist and Cut

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This step is a teensy bit more complicated than it sounds. Long story short, twist the hair towards the back of the head and cut parallel to your parting line, as shown in the picture.

Why are we twisting the hair? The shortest piece of hair in your sidebangs is the ‘axis’ the hair is twisted on. The longest piece is the one that gets twisted over. The longer the hair travels, the longer it will be after the cut.

What happens if I cut horizontal, instead of parallel? You’ll get a very sharp slant that could look kinda strange, possibly even straight up weird.

What happens if I cut it at the wrong angle? Best case scenario, you get something resembling a blunt cut bang. Worst case scenario, you make an appointment with your local hairdresser and laugh off your mistake.

Where should I cut along the length of the hair? If you want to feature your eyes, cut where my metal clip is. If you want to highlight some beautiful cheekbones, cut around where my blue line is. Anything too much higher than the clip will give you short stubbies. Anything lower will put the bangs in your eyes and draw attention to your nose, which may or may not be good.

Step 4: Marvel at Your Newfound Skill

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If you cut it wet, things should be looking pretty fly. If you cut it dry, you may have to wet it down and blowdry it, depending on how unruly your hair is. That’s what I did with Miss Courtney.

Step 5: Style As Desired

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You look beautiful! Take a picture and update your facebook. Feel proud as the compliments come flooding in. Courtney here is going on a date so I put her in a trendy (not a Snooki) poof and a twist. I wish I had taken a picture of the twist before I brushed her out. Ah well, hindsight is 20/20.

If you love your new bangs, want to request a tutorial, or have any questions, hit me up and I’ll be sure to answer.


NatalieM2 made it! (author)2015-01-12

I did it! Turned out great. I took a lot of time making sure that I was following the instructions correctly. I did a little cleaning up after cutting them, because the edges looked really blunt. I also made the base of the triangle wider, because I wanted to cover my forehead more.

Some unsolicited advice for you, if you want it --

I read that if your nose trails off to one side a little (like mine does), you should part your hair on the opposite side. My nose moves over to the right side of my face, so I parted my hair on the left. I got that info here:

I can't stress enough though that this rule might not apply to you. If you look better with your bangs moving the opposite direction your nose does, don't listen to me. I'm not a pro.

As for the "twisting part" (step 3) -- after you move your hair to the opposite side you want your bangs to fall (see step 2), grab the hair with your DOMINANT hand, twist half way, carefully switch to your NON-DOMINANT hand, and finish the turn. That frees up your dominant hand to do the scary part.

Sorry for the all-caps. Just wanted to help make it clear!

JenniferS148 (author)NatalieM22017-04-12

really great advice, thanks!

cas. (author)2015-01-15

i actually made it but i don't want to provide images because i look terrible at the moment. I think the tutorial doesn't stress enough some points such as how it is absolutely necessary to cut at least an inch less because parting your hair the opposite direction gives you the illusion of a longer effect. Also the "twisting" part is more than crucial. If you do it wrong you'll get sharp edges and straight lines. sounds simple but it's not. I had to cut more layers around the bangs to make the transition look less rough. I think that you'll have better results cutting small sections at a time and gradually adding more hair because honestly i've done a lot better myself without this tutorial. I guess it was a mistake trying to go with the pro method while being a rookie.

JenniferS148 (author)cas.2017-04-12

Thank you for your insight! I was confused by the twist as well... The tutorial doesn't show the twist, so I think I will keep researching before cutting.

Aehliz (author)2016-09-07

Image on left is before, and the right after.

This is the best side bang tutorial ive ever had. Now ive messed up my bangs good n' plenty number of times. I think the result turned out OK, I cut it a tad too short but it blends in. I dont believe it looks too good with naturally curly hair. Im sure it will look excellent once I tame these darn curls I inherited. Thanks for the great tutorial :)

JenniferS148 (author)Aehliz2017-04-12

Takes 5 years off, although you already looked young. Very cute! Good job!

ladybug2535 (author)Aehliz2017-03-17

Your curly hair looks wonderful with those bangs! Very cute hairstyle.

VirginiaR22 (author)2017-01-23

Thank you so much for this method, perfect!!!

LoriS117 made it! (author)2016-09-16

easy peasy and turned out exactly how I wanted! Thanks for the lesson! :)

MirandaV4 made it! (author)2016-08-04

You make a complicated thing so easy. Thank you so so much. God bless ya always.

RoseH38 made it! (author)2016-04-24

I love how easy this tutorial made cutting side bangs.

rs1186 (author)2016-04-09

Thanks!!! Easy to follow and I love the result!

CathyH41 (author)2016-03-29

I've tried and regretted my own bangs many times, but decided to look for some guidance when my daughter took scissors to only the front of her long beautiful hair. She took about half of the length which left enough to do bangs, but i needed it to look intentional. Thank you SO much. Wish I would have found this before giving up on my own bangs

RebekahL7 (author)2016-03-21

Thank you for explaining the whys and wherefores. It helps a whole lot.

Leahanne2015 made it! (author)2016-01-26

THE best side bang instructions ive ever read. Thank you!

couponchief (author)2015-12-26

Great instructable!

RhondaS23 (author)2015-12-20

Super EASY thanks to your 1-2-3 Steps! EXCELLENT instructions! Bangs turned out PERFECT!! Thank you! Just saved a trip to pay a professional.

jazzy_jcools (author)2015-12-12

This worked so well, this was really easy too! Not to mention I'm a twelve year old that did it with no problems! I almost chickened out but I'm glad I didn't because this looks great and saved a lot of money!

TammyT16 (author)2015-12-08

Omg! This works! Saved time and money having someone cut my bangs!! Thank you!!

NanceS07 (author)2015-11-23

Just did this and it was so easy and looks great. Couldn't believe it worked and how easy this was. Separate, brush, twist , cut. Didn't even use the clips.

NiharikaT (author)2015-09-26

Ashcoskerie (author)2015-09-11

This method actually worked so well I was slightly shocked after I did it!
Thank you so much for easy instructions and I'm really happy with my side fringe!!

JennaC3 (author)2015-08-31


Mahnoor1995 (author)2015-08-09

I think i am pretty done <3 thanks instructables

Mari-AnnW (author)2015-07-16

hughesrebeccal made it! (author)2015-07-02

It worked perfectly!

CityGirl6 (author)2015-05-09

Great Instructable, I'm going to try it next time I need to cut my bangs. I'd love to see more from you, you do a great job of explaining things.

futuretaylor (author)2015-03-20

Quick question. ..on the twist many twists?

SalmaS3 (author)futuretaylor2015-04-28

One twist.

SalmaS3 (author)2015-04-28

yesterday i cut my bangs and they look perfect. Thank you so much dear.

SalmaS3 (author)2015-04-28

ShrutiS2 (author)2015-04-06

Thank you so much. Finally, I I don't have a boring hairstyle anymore while going to school. This helped me alot.
Though I have done it on the left side and now it makes my big forehead a normal one :P .
Thank you once again. :')

brie.rea made it! (author)2015-03-28

i tink i did pretty well, didn't I?

sassysag1290 made it! (author)2015-03-27

it doesn't look exactly like the one that was showed but i think i did a OK job Since i was so nervous :)

futuretaylor (author)2015-03-20

I have quick question...on the twist many twists?

katherine.shehane (author)2015-03-07

I did it longer, jaw length and throat at an angle. I had just been to the hairdresser and she cut my bangs a little short without any layering or tapering. Now it lies at a more natural angle. It looks great, I cut on one side though then move it to the other side and trim as well because I wear my bangs on both sides.I would always stress cutting it longer than what you want because it always has a way of coming out shorter than what you thought.

krystalkunkel made it! (author)2015-03-03

Did it! LOVE! I havent had any sort of "bangs" in MANY years!

michelle.england.58 (author)2015-02-27

Thanks so much for the super clear instructions. Going to grab those scissors right now.

ogriffin1 (author)2015-01-04

I did this! Worked like a charm and came out pefectly even though I thought I was going to yack before I made that cut.

sweet_circle (author)2015-01-02

And my hair is wavy

sweet_circle (author)2015-01-02

Is it right? I mean my bangs or i cut it the wrong way? Pls. Reply

sweet_circle (author)2015-01-02

Is it right? I mean my bangs or i cut it the wrong way? Pls. Reply

sweet_circle (author)2015-01-02

Is it right? I mean my bangs or i cut it the wrong way? Pls. Reply

stacymsexton made it! (author)2014-10-19

I went a little shorter than I meant too but wow it looks so much better...this worked great! You can see before on the right and after on the left.

Awesome job

beautyinsideout (author)2014-12-17


angela.ivory (author)2014-12-07

I did it! I feel like a stylist! j/k but this was really helpful. Thank you for the clear instructions and photos.

melita.lee.56 (author)2014-11-28

Thank you! This was really helpful, and better than the other tutorials I've seen online. I just tried it for my middle parting. Had to pull over to opposite sides twice, but great results.

AmberB3 made it! (author)2014-11-27

This is the first time I can ever remember not messing up my bangs when I cut them myself. I've been without bangs for over a year now so I was a little worried, but this was so easy and they look great! Thank you!

midnightstar120 (author)2014-11-26

So I just tried this, and I am pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. My bangs had gotten way too long and I didn't want to go to the hair salon just to get my bangs trimmed, but I was apprehensive at cutting my own hair. I was SO glad I stumbled upon this! Very simple and easy to follow, and it's almost exactly like the way they cut it at the salon. I wish the pictures had a little bit better lighting, but still easy to see. I cut mine a little too short than i was wanting, but they still look fine. I just hope that they still look good after a wash and blow dry.

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