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Follow These Cutting Techniques For the Best Looking Curtain Bangs

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12 . 11 . 18

By now you know why curtain bangs are the go-to chic hair accessory: they’re low-maintenance, look good on everyone, and enhance your cheekbones. You know the why, now you need to know the how—the cutting technique behind curtain bangs. To help explain the method for creating perfect curtain bangs on your client, Redken artist and Creative Director of Head Studio in Perth, Australia, Marie Cain, is sharing her tips, below.

Generally, with my approach to cutting bangs I try and emphasize two key things; the eyes and the cheekbones. The ‘curtain-effect’ lets you kind of manipulate the face and alter where you place the emphasis – by directing the hair and shaping the lengths accordingly.

In terms of technique, I begin cutting the fringe from a triangle section, which should not be too deep nor too wide. Basically, you don’t want to section too far back (at the sides) because it will widen the final look. Nor should you section too high on the head which will leave you with too much hair to cut. Sectioning is important because it’s the foundation of the shape. You don’t want to distort the focus you’re trying to create by getting that first bit wrong.

For product, I would use Redken One United as a primer for the bangs and through the mid-lengths. It’s a spray treatment rather than a styler that I use to add a bit of “It-girl” texture and weight to the hair but it still allows you to dry the hair either naturally or with heat to leave it looking fresh. Redken’s Powder Grip 03  and Wind Blown 05 are my go-to for finishing that perfect texture to curtain bangs once the hair is dry.

Use our fringe guide to find the right bangs for your face shape

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