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This is a basic lesson on shaping bangs (fringe, if you're from
the U.K.) that works as well on
boys as it does on girls. The video will get you started, then
review the text and illustrations for a more detailed lesson.
You will need:
Begin by parting off a triangular section above the eyes. To find the first point of your triangle, place your comb on top of the front of the head; center it above the nose (Illustration 26). Rock the comb back and forth and note where the comb touches the head while rocking. This is Point A of the triangle which denotes the highest point of the forehead. The hair tends to fall forward from this point into the eyes and should be included in the bangs.
Now lift the hair on the forehead and find the two places on the hairline where the hair recedes. They are located above the outer corners of the eyes. Everyone has these, even kids. These places are Points B and C of your triangle.
Part the hair from Point A to B and from Point A to C, creating a triangle.
Comb this hair down onto the forehead allowing it to lie in its natural growth pattern.
NOTE: Don’t worry if the shape of your “triangle” isn’t perfectly symmetrical. The human head is never perfectly balanced and your partings will reflect the natural asymmetries of your child’s head.
Study the diagram below to determine which length will best
suit your child.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since you are using the eyebrows as a reference point for length, make
certain your child's face is relaxed with the brows down. If you cut while the eyebrows are in a "surprised" expression, the hair will be too short when the face is relaxed.
Now you are ready to begin cutting. Use your comb and fingers to
distribute the hair evenly across the forehead.
Place scissors at the outer corner of the eyes and begin cutting. (Note: There is an alternate way to begin cutting shown in the video. Use whichever method that seems best for you.) Don't hold the hair in your hand; instead, use your free hand to steady your child's head while you cut. At this point you are trying to rough in the shape with the hair lying against the skin in its natural growth pattern in order to create a line that is visually even.
Once you are satisfied with the general shape of the bang,
return to the outer corner of the eye. Lightly comb the
previously cut hair and without stretching it, hold the hair
between your fingers. Cut off any missed hairs without altering
the established shape.
If the bang appears crooked while you are holding it, release the hair, fluff it a little, and step back to take a look. If it appears straight, don't make any changes.
The basic bang is now complete. However, for lighter, more feathery bangs that can be styled away from the face you'll need to create some layers.
Pick up a ½-inch section of hair from the top of the triangle
(Point A) to the center of the forehead and hold up and away
from the head at a 90º angle.
Using the previously cut hair as your length guide, cut a line parallel to the surface of the head.
CONTINUE HOLDING THE HAIR.
Combine hair from right of triangle with center hair and cut to match. Repeat with remaining hair on left of triangle and your bangs are completed!