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Tips For Trimming Your Own Bangs

Kevin Mancuso is on a roll. Not only was the Nexxus Creative Director nice enough to share recession-proof hair color tips, he recently styled Natalie Portman's hair for the Oscars. Next up: his advice on trimming your fringe.

If women want to cut costs by trimming their own bangs, are there any good tips to ensure a good cut?

Women tend to only need one or two bang trims in between their full cuts. Since most salons offer their clients discounted (if not free) bang trims, I generally suggest leaving the cutting to the professionals. However, if you are dead-set on trimming your bangs at home, I recommend starting with dry hair. Separate out the front section of bangs that you want to trim and pull to a point in the center of your face. Twist the gathered hair three or four times. Cut straight across at the desired length. Try trimming on the long side at first to prevent over-trimmed, super-short bangs. The twisting will produce bangs that are slightly longer on the sides than in the middle and also give the ends a wispy look. The twisting also helps to prevent the over-trimmed look.

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