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How to Give the Best Fringe Cut? Bangs Your Clients Will Love!

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Undoubtedly, fringes are currently the trendiest haircut, be it in the form of arched, straight jagged, or blunt styles. It’s a hairstyle choice that you can’t go wrong with. These remain one of the most requested hairstyles and large volumes of clients are looking for jagged fringes. Fringe haircuts are not for the faint hearted as these haircuts are unforgiving – they hold the most attention of all parts of the face and a lot can go wrong. Fringe cuts are NOT a beginner’s cut and require a significant amount of practice. This article focuses on how to give the best fringe cut for beginners. It is best advised to master basic hairstyling skills such as texturizing and point cutting.

Back to the Basics – Checking the Blades

fringe cut guide

When you are aiming for the ideal bangs – the first thing to consider are the shears you are using. Hairstylists are always advised against using dull shears that tug on the hair and make it harder to cut fringes. For beginner hairstylists, the Mamba Set is ideal which comes with a HH-V Mamba Point cutting shear and HH-VT1 Mamba Texturizer. The ideal shear length for cutting fringe is 5.0 inches plus. This shear length will allow you to cut an even line with one or two snips. If your client is after jagged fringes, you can opt for a shorter shear. Something like the HH1 Kamikaze.   

Cutting clean snips is just half of the deal. It is equally important to accurately use texturizing scissors that can help remove volume. Texturizing shears have teeth rather than a smooth edge. When used properly, these shears can help remove hair in small chunks rather than bulk. If you are still confused between texturizing and thinning shears, click here.

Beginners Guide to Cutting Fringe Cuts

haircuts with a fringe

Begin with giving your client a gentle wash and dry the hair as you normally would. Gently comb the hair to remove any tangles. For fringe cuts, the hair needs to be tangle free for a clean haircut. The next step is to decide which type of fringe the client is after. Arched, jagged, straight, and blunt styles are quite common. The hair length and style should be discussed prior to initiating the cut. To give beginner hairstylists more clarity regarding the various types of fringe cuts, a detailed section has been added towards the end of the article. 

Once the right style has been selected, part the hair as you normally would do. Use a good quality comb to section off the hair that you want to turn into a fringe. Typically, this section is a triangular or rectangular section towards the front of the hairline. To keep the hair in place, hairstylists can use hair clips. Now comes the important part – decide on the desired length of your fringe and use the comb to measure it. Create a guide by holding the hair between your fingers and marking the length with your fingers or a clip.

To cut the hair, hold the hair between your fingers and cut at a slight angle. It is always a good idea to cut a bit longer than desired length. Longer hair can always be trimmed but the opposite is not true. Hold the hair between your fingers and cut it straight across or at a slight angle, depending on the style you want. Start cutting a bit longer than your desired length, as you can always trim more if needed. Another pro tip while cutting fringes is always to cut vertically and not horizontally. Cutting vertically gives movement to the hair and gives a softer look. 

Fringe and Bangs – Same or Different?

A common question in hairstyling is ‘are fringe cuts and bangs the same?’. The answer to this question is Yes. Both terms refer to hairstyles where hair falls over the forehead. The term Fringe cut refers to sectioning and styling hair so they fall over the forehead. The term is versatile and encompasses various styles, such as straight, arched, or side-swept fringes. When the term bangs is used, styles such as blunt, wispy, or choppy hairstyles are being referred to. It is safe to say that both terms can be used interchangeably.    

Different Types of Fringes

This section talks about the five common types of fringe hairstyles: 

  1. Curtain Bangs: This hairstyle has a parted, curtain-like appearance. The technique involves framing the face on both sides.   
  2. Wispy Bangs: For corporate clients who wear formal attire on a regular basis, the wispy bangs are the most suitable choice. Not only are they delicate and light but also enable the thin stands to blend seamlessly.    
  3. Blunt Bangs: The name says it all – the blunt bangs are straight across. Simplest to pull off and produce a bold, defined look.  
  4. Choppy Bangs: Choppy bangs have a textured feel with uneven edges. These help produce an edgy, more relaxed appearance.  
  5. Side Fringe: These fringes are swept on one side of the face. Depending upon the client’s taste, the length and thickness of these side fringes can vary. 


In conclusion, achieving the perfect fringe cut requires attention to detail and practice, especially for beginners. Use quality shears like the Mamba Set or HH1 Kamikaze, ensuring clean snips. Basic skills like texturizing and point cutting are crucial. Start with a gentle wash, proper sectioning, and discuss the desired fringe style with the client. Cut slightly longer than needed for flexibility. Emphasize vertical cutting for movement and a softer look. “Fringe” and “bangs” are interchangeable terms. The section on different fringe types provides insights into popular styles, catering to diverse client preferences.

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