DIY Bangs: Yay or Nay?

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I was feeling pretty bored Wednesday night and decided to get a little frisky with the scissors. I’ve been thinking about getting bangs for awhile, but honestly didn’t want to pay for a visit to the salon for an expensive haircut I wasn’t even sure I’d like. After watching multiple YouTube videos of girls effortlessly cutting their own bangs, I mustered up the courage to grab some scissors and create a Zooey Deschanel inspired hair-do of my own.

Bangs were an essential part of my hair for the first 10 years of my life. After I grew them out, I swore I would never get them again because I always felt like they make you look like a little girl. Recently, however, I’ve had the bang bug and just needed to try them out again. Normally when I get bored with my hair I get it chopped to shoulder length. I didn’t want to do that quite yet, so I thought bangs would be a great way to change up my hair without doing anything too drastic.

I stood in the mirror for what seemed like an hour holding the scissors against the hair I was about to cut. Finally, the voice inside my head screamed, “Just do it!” And so I did it. It was a little terrifying holding the long strands of hair I had just severed. It took a second to process, but after I tidied them up I was pretty pleased with how they turned out! They didn’t look too bad for someone who hasn’t cut their own hair since the 8th grade (or has zero formal training).

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Ultimately, though, bangs require some upkeep. You actually have to style them and make sure they’re looking fresh. You can’t pull them back into a ponytail, and they stick up out of your headband. Bobby pins don’t do a good job holding them back either; little pieces like to fall out. If high-maintenance hairstyles aren’t your thing, you should probably avoid bangs. However, I LOVE the way they look when your hair is pulled back! It just adds a little something to your up-do without having to put much effort into it.

Even though I was trying to go for a edgier look (it ended up being more cutesy… haha), I definitely don’t regret cutting my bangs. It was fun to try out a new hairstyle I swore off years ago, and it definitely cured my hair boredom (for now). The way I cut them made for some really cute side bangs, too, which will definitely be featured in a post later on!

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If you’re feeling courageous enough to try it yourself, I say go for it! There are tons of step-by-step videos out there to see the techniques and pump yourself up. You have nothing to lose except a few inches of hair ;).

Just remember when you’re about to make the cut:

  1. Breathe.
  2. It’s just hair. It’ll grow back. Promise.

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Cutting your own hair can seem pretty scary, especially if you haven’t done it before. I would say only cut your own bangs if you trust yourself with scissors and if you’ll be okay if they don’t look exactly the way you wanted. Otherwise, happy snipping!

Have you ever cut your own hair/bangs before? Did it turn out the way you wanted or was it a disaster? Share your hair stories in the comments!