The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Oblique Bangs

Angled bangs fall diagonally to one side and flatter any face shape. However, you must take good care of a slanted fringe and trim it regularly. You will need to trim it every two to four weeks. Learning to cut your own bangs can save you both money and time by not having to run to the barber all the time.

Prep your hair

Make sure your hair is completely dry.

If you cut the hair wet, you cannot get an accurate cut because the bangs get shorter as they dry and can take on a completely different shape. It’s best to let your hair air dry to keep it healthy. If you are in a hurry, you can use a hair dryer from time to time. You could trim the curls while wet to ensure they are an even length if you have naturally curly hair. If you prefer to cut them dry, blow dry them and straighten them before cutting.

Comb your bangs.

Use a comb to neatly sweep your bangs forward over your forehead. If you don’t have bangs yet, section off a triangular section for them. First, comb your hair all the way through and part in the middle. Now find the point where the shape of your head begins to slope forward. Imagine a triangle with its apex at this point and the other two corners on either side are at the top and outside of your forehead. Section the hair inside this triangle and comb it forward. This will be your pony.

Tie the rest of your hair up.

Comb the rest of your hair tightly back and tie it together. You can use a hairband, barrettes or bobby pins for this, the main thing is that from now on it is out of the way so that you don’t accidentally cut it off.

Cut your hair with scissors

Find the right pair of scissors.

It doesn’t have to be professional scissors, but they have to be very sharp. However, special hair scissors are more ergonomically shaped and can positively affect the result. However, dull scissors are more likely to snap than cut your hair and will damage your hair. Test on a thread that the scissors are really sharp.

Hold the bangs to the side, where they will be later

If you later want to carry it to the left, hold it to the right and vice versa. Estimate the desired length more precisely by holding the fringe in front of your face. Imagine the incision starting at the tip of the nose and going over the eyes to the cheekbones.

Cut the bangs into sections. Start by sectioning off a section about 1 inch wide just next to your nose and holding it flat against your face.

You will be cutting in a diagonal line, and this is where the hair will be shortest. When you’re done with one section, next cut the one right next to it. Make sure you always keep the individual sections at the same distance from your face. Hold the scissors perpendicular to your hair as you cut, then tilt the tip down slightly. If you cut smaller sections, it will take longer, but the result will likely be better. If you want to try a new look, cut your hair a little longer than you actually want. You can always cut it shorter if it’s too long for you, but it often takes weeks for hair that’s too short to grow back.

Comb through the new bangs again and look at the intermediate result.

Comb the fringe the way you want to wear it later. Make sure it looks how it’s supposed to look. Take a close look at how the “gradient” and overall length work with your face. Check carefully to see if you’ve cut unevenly anywhere.

Fix any mistakes.

If you missed a strand, match its length to the rest of your hair. If individual sections look uneven, re-cut them to achieve an accurate diagonal line. For this step, you should cut horizontally instead of vertically for accuracy.

Style your bangs.

If you are satisfied with your bangs, style them once to finally convince yourself of the result. Use a round brush and a blow dryer to style the bangs to the side. For extra volume, you can use some hair mousse. If you have thick hair, you can style it with a flat iron or a wand.

Cut your hair with a razor blade

Choose the right blade.

You can use an old-fashioned razor blade, a professional barber blade, or even a disposable razor. Just make sure beforehand that the blade is very sharp, and if you’re using a razor, it’s actually just a blade. Using blunt tools or a razor with multiple blades can cause split ends. Professional barber blades have an ergonomic handle. They are the best and most comfortable way to cut hair. A razor blade may not be the best choice for very frizzy or curly hair, because split ends can also occur here, despite the sharp blade.

Pick up the hair in sections.

Start with the section closest to your nose. Hold onto one section at a time as you cut, just as you would when cutting with scissors. Don’t forget to leave your hair a little bit longer at first so you don’t get frustrated with bangs that are too short later.

Tighten the game.

Use your index and middle fingers to hold your hair away from your head at a 90-degree angle. Run your fingers toward the ends of your hair, stopping a touch above where you want to cut.

Run the razor blade over your hair.

Use the blade to gently cut diagonally into the strand of hair. Do this away from your face in a controlled and gliding motion. Keep each section at the exact same angle. Keep cutting in this way until you get to the longest part.

Check the finished result.

Comb your bangs and set them to one side the way you want them to end up falling. Check carefully whether you have forgotten any strands or overlooked bumps. Correct any mistakes by picking up the relevant strand again and aligning it with the rest with another stroke with the blade.


If you’re trying out a new look with your bangs, you might want to start by cutting them a little longer than you anticipate wanting them to be. You can always trim more later if it turns out to be too long, but if you trim it too short, you’ll look pretty goofy for a few weeks until it grows back. Keep your hand steady An uneven cut could ruin the whole bangs. For example, if coffee makes you restless, stop drinking caffeinated beverages a few hours before you want to cut your bangs. On the other hand, if you’re a coffee junkie, rehab might just make you shiver. Just find the right balance before you set about cutting your hair. Cutting with a razor blade instead of scissors will give you a slightly more fringed look with more volume. You don’t have to wash your hair before you cut it. Hairdressers usually only wash before cutting, because wet hair can be cut much faster.


Be careful. If you cut too fast or too hard, you may completely ruin your hair by making everything crooked and crooked. Only use the razor blade method if you have hair-cutting experience and a steady hand. You could very easily slip and injure yourself. Cuts on the face or head are particularly dangerous and leave bad scars.


About the Author

Helen Miller

Helen Miller is a freelance writer at CouponKirin. She covers personal finance topics in a syndicated column that appears in Financial Planning Magazine. Her work has been featured by Market Watch, Digital Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Yahoo Finance. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.