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Last updated: April 07, 2023

5 Fringe Cutting Tips For Soft, Natural Bangs

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Use These Tips When Creating Soft, Natural Fringe

OK—your client comes in and they’ve made the decision: They’re ready for bangs. After confirming that they are REALLY SURE, it’s time to have a consultation and see just how fringy they are feeling. For clients who want to ease their way into a face frame, we collected some go-to cutting tips from some of Instagram’s top cutters for giving clients a soft, fresh new fringe.



1. For The Foundation: Twist & Cut

Starting the face frame can be a little intimidating, so ARC™ Team Member Rachel Williams, aka @rachelwstylist, shared her tips for getting started: 


  • Bring the entire face frame section forward, 45 degrees up from the client’s face.
  • Twist the section once and comb through so the hair is smooth.
  • Cut a rounded “V” shape.
  • Release the section and comb smooth, then detail the fringe for the desired finish!


Watch Rachel Break Down Her Face Framing Technique In The Video Below

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Rachel’s Go-To Scissors For Cutting Bangs? The PHANTOM II from ARC™ Scissors!



2. Slight Elevation + Point Cutting = Soft, Wispy Fringe 

To create a soft bang with style versatility, stylist Gilad Goldstein (@myguiltycrown) uses slight elevation and a point cutting technique. “I use the wide tooth side of my cutting comb and my ARC™ PHANTOM II Scissors to create a soft, lighter fringe,” explains Gilad. “This will give the bang a slight layer making sure it doesn’t fall too heavy on the client’s forehead.” 


Check Out Gilad’s Technique In The Video Below

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3. Give Fine-Haired Clients Fuller-Looking Fringe

For clients with finer locks, ARC™ Team Member Chris Jones (@chrisjones_hair) advises cutting fringe at zero or minimal elevation to achieve a fuller look. Creating subtle details takes a steady hand and a sharp shear, so Chris uses the PARAGON II from ARC™ Scissors because they are sharp from pivot to tip, perfect for detailing! 


Watch This Vid For Chris’s Fringe Cutting Technique

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4. Use A Semi Slide Cutting Technique For Longer Locks

BTC Team Member Mickey Colon (@mickeycolonjr) cuts his longer fringe with a combination technique: slide cutting through the hair while barely opening and closing his shear. But wait—there’s a twist: “I put a soft twist in my fringe section before cutting,” Mickey explains. “This way, when I slide through the section with my ARC™ PHANTOM II, the ends are soft and gradually lay from short to long. The PHANTOM II is perfect for this technique because they don’t snag or pull on the hair!”


Check Out Mickey’s Twist & Slide Technique!

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5. BONUS BANG: For Clients That Aren’t Afraid Of A Dramatic Face Frame! 

For Curtain Bangs: Think “V” Not “C”

“‘Curtain Bangs’ are a huge fringe trend right now,” Cali-based stylist Ashlee Norman (@ashleenormanhair) explains. But instead of cutting a round “C” shape, Ashlee prefers to cut two V-shaped sections on either side of the client’s part. Why? “This creates a center point of weight that can be winged back but still drip down around the cheek bone. Creating a slimming effect for the finished result.” And who doesn’t love slimming?


Just Look At This Gorgeous Result

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