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We Asked an Expert How to Trim Your Own Fringe—You Can Thank Us Later

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Step 1: Make sure your hair is freshly washed, and blow-dry your fringe how you usually like it to sit. Then comb the fringe forward and separate from the sides of the hair by either clipping them out of the way or tucking them behind your ears.

Step 2: Split your fringe into three sections: one directly in the middle in line with your nose and one on either side.

Step 3: Start with the centre section. Use the comb to lay all the hairs flat, and use fingers to set yourself a guide of what length you’d like the fringe to sit at. Once the length is established, use your scissors and use upward motions to snip into the hair below your fingers. Keep doing this until the hair has become very fine.

Step 4: Once the centre has been snipped and the hair is fairly see-through at the ends, use the scissors in the upwards motion again but slightly tilt and snip diagonally. This will start to take off the hair to the length you want it. It’s essential to thin the hair first so you can cut through the hair with ease.

Step 5: Assess the situation! Let the centre section fall, and check that the length looks good. If so, proceed to the right section. Comb the right side into the centre so the middle piece you have already cut joins the side, and clamp fingers in line with the middle section. Using the same upward cutting motion, start to snip the long hair from the right side to join in with the middle.

Step 6: Drop the right side and middle sections and assess. Make sure the middle and the side look connected. This is a good time to clean up any loose hair that may have been left. Once this looks good, repeat Step 5 on the remaining uncut hair on the left-hand side.

Step 7: You should, by now, have trimmed the fringe into shape! Once this is complete, you have the option of taking some weight out, but if you like your fringe very full, then stop here. 

To remove any heaviness or to soften your fringe, divide the fringe into three sections—the same way as Step 2—then elevate each section upward and gently snip into ends. Some hair may fall down, but leave that there. It doesn’t all need to be cut into. Repeat until fringe is soft and weightless. 

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