How to Trim Bangs at Home Without Screwing Up

Photo: Caroline Schiff

San Francisco–based hairstylist Michelle Fiona of Harper Paige Salon can most definitely be considered an expert in the field of bangs — after all, she’s had her hands on the heads of Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson, Amanda Peet, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Though she firmly recommends going to a professional to get bangs cut, she has no problem telling her clients they can do their own trims, provided they follow her technique and use a pair of legitimate cutting shears. “Nail clippers, kitchen, and paper-cutting scissors are all too dull and will make hair jump when you cut it,” she warns. “If the hair jumps, you’re going to go shorter and shorter.” Click through to see her step-by-step guide to DIY bang maintenance.