Nothing adds sexy flair to a haircut like a long, side-swept bang. Side-swept bangs can work with both long and short hair. The key to the perfectly swept bang is to keep the bangs on the long side so they’ve got the length they need to sweep. If your bangs are stubborn and refuse to sweep naturally, some styling product, a blow dryer and persistence can train those bangs to stay put.
- Part your hair on the side as you intend to wear it. Make another part, starting at the side part you just made and moving across to the temple area on the other side. How far back you go along the side part will depend on how thick you want your bangs to be.
2. Comb the non-bang hair back and out of the way. Use a hair clip to keep it back so it doesn’t sneak back in and become part of the bangs by accident.
3. Mist the bang area until it’s just damp, but not soaking wet. Comb the hair down onto the forehead.
4. Eye up those bangs and decide where you want them to sit. Side bangs need some length to get that swept effect, so aim for the bottom of the eyebrows. If you plan on sweeping the bangs to tuck behind the opposite ear, cut them at the bottom of the nose. Do a practice tuck and note the length needed by grasping the hair behind the ear, untucking it and measuring the length from the roots to your fingers with your cutting comb. (Measurements, in inches, are marked on the comb).
5. Gently grasp the bangs between the index and middle finger of your non-dominant hand. Now angle your fingers so the hair above them is longer on the side closer to the side part. The hair needs to be longer on the side opposite of where it’s being swept so it has the length to lay across the forehead and then blend with the shorter hair on the other side.
6. Use the fingers as a guide, but don’t pull down on the bangs or they’ll end up springing halfway up your forehead when they’re dry. Snip the bangs along the fingers (scissors under the fingers) from the side near the middle part to the temple.
7. Give the bangs a little shake with your fingers and see how they sit. Even up any long areas due to growth patterns in the hair. Sweep the bangs to the side and double-check the evenness of the bangs one more time and fix as needed. Congrats! You just created a side bang all by yourself.
Things You’ll Need
Tips & Tricks
- If you don’t want blunt ends to your bangs you can point-cut them rather than cutting them straight across. To point-cut, angle the tips of your scissors at the hair at a 45-degree angle and take quick, angled snips all the way across. The end result will be a line of “points” that create subtly jagged ends.
- Curly and wavy hair springs up more than straight hair when it dries. Leave extra length when cutting the bangs to compensate for this. Heck, even straight hair can shrink up an inch or more when dry, so always err on the side of caution and keep the bangs longer on the first attempt. You can always trim more off later.