BE HONEST- ARE YOU THINKING OF CUTTING YOUR OWN FRINGE?
STEP ONE – BREATHE
Ask yourself ‘Do I really need to do this”?
First, consider why you are making the decision. Is it because your existing fringe is in desperate need of a cut? Have you been considering a change of style for a while? Or, are you simply bored, with a little bit of extra time on your hands?
If it’s the latter, know this. We are all definitely suffering from cabin fever at the moment.
So my advice is, enter with caution. Don’t do anything crazy or dramatic. Take little bits at a time and start with giving yourself little face-framing pieces. I don’t want anyone chopping all of their own hair off.”
STEP TWO – TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
- Fine tooth Comb for sectioning- way more accurate than cutting through your fingers
- Sharp, Clean scissors
- Sectioning clips or hair ties
Ensure your fringe is dry and blow-dried smooth. Use your normal parting and fringe as a guide.
While some of our stylists might also utilise a razor, we don’t recommend you try this at home.
STEP THREE -CUT WITH CARE
A good trick is to use your eyebrows as your guide.
For the first section, as you divide the hair, the fringe section you create should be no thicker than the highest point of your brow. For a fuller fringe or layers, go back and take more hair, so the section ends level with the end of your brow.”
But, never go further than that. That starts to get the side hair involved and your fringe will become too wide.
Tie the rest of your hair back off your face with clips or hair ties to keep your fringe separate from the rest of your hair.
Ensure there is no tension on your hair.
Now, from the sectioned out part, “take a small section (roughly 1cm) of the hair in the middle” Roughly the measurement from the top knuckle on your thumb to your thumb tip.”
“Trim this section with scissors using a point cut method –cutting the hair in small movements keeping the blade pointing up, as opposed to one blunt slice across.” This will then act as your guide for the rest of your fringe.
It is always better to cut slightly less off than you think you want. You can always go back and cut more.
If you already have a full fringe and want to trim it to ensure it doesn’t fall into your eyes, comb it onto the bridge of the nose and then use that as your guide and cut across along that.
For longer fringes – and a more subtle face-framing finish – “comb it down until the end of the nose” and use that as your point of reference instead.
STEP FOUR: THE COMBING ‘BOX’ TECHNIQUE
The next step is to comb your hair down in front of your face, which sounds simple enough, but don’t be tempted to brush it out at an angle away from your eyes.
When you are combing the hair down, you want to imagine that you are working in a box that is from the corners of your section, straight down.
If you start moving hair outside of the box i.e. if you flick it either side of your eyes, you will make the outer edges of your fringe shorter, which is not good.
Basically, if you cut a straight line on a curve(your head) you will get a soft curved fringe.
STEP FIVE – DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HAIRSTYLIST
While being able to trim your hair at-home certainly has its benefits, I think we all agree you can’t replace years of training and practice at the hands of a skilled stylist
We recommend that you come and see our wonderful stylists at Reds as soon as we can reopen.
Hopefully ,if you follow the steps above, we can save you from making a dreadful mistake and we won’t have anything to fix when we see you next.