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Are you worried that your skin is aging before your eyes? If so, then you might want to explore some of the best ways to reduce the signs that might be becoming more noticeable. Here are some of the options we recommend.

Explore The Right Food And Drink

First, you should think about exploring some of the different foods and drinks that you can add to your diet which will help improve your skin care routine Certain foods such as particular Chinese tea will provide significant benefits for your skin. For instance, some studies suggest that regularly drinking Oolong tea will help reduce the impact of fine lines and wrinkles. This tea is available from great suppliers such as Hey China. Similarly, you also need to remove the things in your diet that could damage your skin such as processed sugars. This can lead to higher levels of oil in and around your pores.

Improve Your Sleep Environment 

Additionally, you might also want to think about taking steps to improve your sleep environment and ensure that you get the benefits that you need here. For instance, you could consider changing your sheets. It’s possible that the sheets that you are currently sleeping on are too rough. If you opt for silk pillowcases, then you could witness benefits for your skin as well as for your hair which is great news. You just need to make sure that you are washing your sheets regularly and use comforters as well.

Start A Skincare Routine

You may also want to consider starting a skincare routine. The right skincare routine in the morning and evening will help tackle the problems that you can face with your skin throughout the day. It can help fight back against the issues that could be damaging your skin or causing it to age. There are various elements that can be part of a great skincare routine. For instance, you should make sure that you are using a high quality moisturizer. This is particularly important as you get older because your skin will start to lose moisture and dry out.

De-Stress

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that stress impacts virtually every aspect of your body and your health including your skin. If you are overly stressed, then you are going to see an impact on the way that your skin looks and feels. One of the ways that you can deal with this is by taking steps to relax more. You might want to consider options such as meditation. Through meditation, you can ensure that you are able to relax through the day and tackle problems that you might face in life if and when they arrive.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to reduce the signs of age that could be starting to show on your skin. If you explore the right possibilities here, then you can guarantee that you do look far younger and don’t shy away from your reflection in the mirror.

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We’ve all struggled with some element of makeup application at one point or another; 2000s makeup trends are synonymous with embarrassment for many millennials. Remember orange unblended foundation, bronzer over-use, and bizarre eyeshadow trends?

While some of these trends can be associated with the era, others are plainly-put, incorrect product use, or faulty application techniques. Understandably, young millennials simply did not know how to use products correctly.

Fortunately, makeup trends have evolved over the years. With an abundance of professional makeup tutorials freely available, most makeup lovers are relatively in the know about makeup application steps and proper use. But even so, most of us encounter some common nagging application challenges, from instances of cakey and patchy foundation to eyeshadow that really doesn’t last and lipstick that just doesn’t look right. So, we’ve listed some valuable makeup application tips and hacks so you can eliminate common frustrations from your beauty routine.

Start With Skincare

One of the biggest makeup mistakes we make has nothing to do with makeup. Starting with skincare before even reaching for your cosmetic bag is essential.

If you apply your makeup without prepping your skin first, you might experience cakey or patchy foundation issues. In addition, foundation and eyeshadow products won’t last as long as they should and might ‘slide’ off your skin, especially if you have an oily skin type. If that’s not enough to convince you to start with skincare, not doing so can result in breakouts, as your skin won’t have any protective layers to prevent pores from becoming blocked by cosmetic products.

First, cleanse with a suitable cleanser product for your skin type. Next, gently exfoliate your skin and then apply a toner. Follow with your selection of serums, and then moisturize your skin. Allow each product to be fully absorbed before applying the next.

The Importance Of Priming Skin

Primer products emerged on the market, and beauty vloggers everywhere quickly noted the big difference this affordable product can make.

Not only will primer serve as a layer of skin protection, but your foundation will also blend better. Beyond that, pore size is massively minimized as this product smoothes the skin.

It’s also worthwhile to use an eye primer, as this single product will ensure your eyeshadow lasts longer. The primer gives the next layer of product something to stick to, so all your products will last substantially longer and look noticeably better for longer. Product application is enhanced with eye primer products regardless of which eyeshadow products you use. Even so, you should still invest in quality eyeshadow palettes that are good for your skin.

Discover Your Skin Type And Tone

The types of cosmetic products you use are just as important as how you use them and their quality. If your skin is classified as combination or oily and you use foundation products for normal skin types, you will probably be battling constant breakouts, a foundation that slides, and shiny skin. This is because oily skin needs a foundation product to control oil production and minimize shine.

On the other hand, if you have normal or dry skin and use foundation for oily skin, you will probably struggle with cakey and patchy foundation. So, be sure to determine your skin type and use cosmetic and skincare products that are suitable; you’ll notice a massive difference in skin appearance and makeup application.

Line Your Lips

Lipstick is one particular cosmetic product that has the power to elevate your look instantly. However, a pretty common issue experienced with lipstick applications is struggling to get crisp lines. If you don’t use a lip liner before applying lipstick, you’ll battle a lot with this issue.

Lip liner is crucial for perfect lipstick application. And if you struggle still, use lip liner guiding tools. Nevertheless, it’s best to line your lips slightly above your natural lip line or directly on your lip line.

While some lip look tutorials suggest lining lips much higher can give you a fuller look, this is only plausible for selfies or videos. Unfortunately, lining lips too high up is a visible application mistake in real life.

Quality Is Top Priority

We’ve all skimped on cosmetic product quality at some point in hopes that a cheaper product can deliver the same results. However, cheaper products of lousy quality typically block pores due to higher filler ingredient usage.

When shopping for cosmetic products, look for quality brands that showcase cruelty-free, organic, vegan, or eco-friendly elements. These types of products are typically best for skin health, animals are not harmed in the production process, and the planet’s future is considered. That’s more than enough reason to avoid inferior quality products.

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Many people experience hair loss as they get older. It is a natural and unavoidable part of life. But the good news is that there are many ways to help slow down or stop it from happening at all. This blog post will explore ways on how to minimize your risk of going bald and share some tips on what you can do if it has already started.

Research Various Treatments

One of the primary things that you can do to stop hair loss or minimize it is by researching various available treatments. Look into the different options and get a sense of what type of treatment would be best for your situation. There may even be more than one option, which makes the decision-making process much easier for you. For instance, you may deem that a hair transplant will prove to be beneficial for you. In this case, you also need to have a good idea of hair transplantation cost breakdown for you to be able to align your budget for this treatment. This way, you can be sure that you’re doing everything in your power to stop hair loss.

Use A Hair Growth Supplement

Another great option is to use a hair growth supplement. This is an over-the-counter pill or drink that helps promote healthy hair growth. Look for one that has biotin as an ingredient, as this is known to help hair become thicker and grow faster. Otherwise, you can also look for hair growth supplements with caffeine, as this is good at giving your hair a natural boost. Just keep in mind to only go for supplements that are caffeine-free if you’re planning to take it before bed, as the stimulant can keep you up at night.

Take Care Of Nutritional Needs

You need to take care of the nutritional needs that are so important when it comes to healthy hair growth and repair. Make sure that you’re getting enough protein in your diet from foods like eggs or tofu. Also, make sure that you’re including plenty of healthy fats in your diet from foods like avocado or salmon. These nutrients are essential for hair growth and overall health. In this case, you must take a multivitamin as well to ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs.

Get The Right Haircuts

One of the best ways to minimize hair loss is by getting regular haircuts that are designed for thinning hair. This way, you can work with what you have, so it doesn’t look as if your hair has noticeably thinned out or disappeared altogether. You may even want to consider cutting your hair shorter to make it look thicker. The best hairstylist for thin hair will be able to help you come up with a good style that will work well for your situation.

Opt For Hair Thickening Shampoo And Conditioner

Hair loss doesn’t just affect your scalp. Sometimes, thinning hair is something experienced by those who have locks on their head. But never fear! You can use a shampoo and conditioner that works to thicken your locks. Look for one with biotin, as mentioned above, along with other ingredients like rosemary oil or nettle extract. These work by stimulating the hair follicles and making sure there is always enough blood flow going through them, which leads to faster growth. However, if you want to try out a DIY option, simply mix some eggs and olive oil. Apply this mixture to your hair for about 20 minutes before washing it off with shampoo or conditioner.

Don’t Use Too Many Products In Your Hair 

Using various types of products for your hair will only make the problem worse. You don’t want to constantly be putting in hair gel or other styling products that will only end up weighing your locks down and making them look even thinner. Rather, you should be using as little of these products as possible, and you definitely shouldn’t be going for anything that has alcohol in it. This way, you can avoid further damage to your hair and allow it to grow out healthier.

Losing your hair can be a devastating experience for some, but don’t worry, it’s completely natural. Have you tried any of these tips? If not, now is the time! To make sure your hair loss doesn’t cause you to stop feeling confident in yourself, try the tips listed above to help you feel comfortable with who you are, and that means embracing all aspects of it, including what goes on above your neck.

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Top 5 Hollywood Makeup Tricks

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Top 5 hollywood makeup tricksTop 5 hollywood makeup tricks I wanted to share some of my favorite secret weapons I keep in my kit for when I prepare a celebrity for a red carpet event. These are little tricks I do on almost anyone who’s going to be photographed, and they really “add the magic” to a look. All of these tricks are finishing touches and can be added at the very end of your routine. 

Great beauty productsHere are a few of the products we’ll be using. 

How to define eyebrowsHow to define eyebrows The perfect eyebrow trickTrick 1: Show off Those Brows

Defining and highlighting brows is a quick way to bump your look up a notch. Nyx makes a really cool pencil that has both products in one! Use the light pink on your brow bone (blend with your finger!), and then sketch in your brow lightly with the other end. Defined brows will instantly make you look more put together and polished.

ConcealerTrick 2: Look Refreshed

I love the tinted eye rollers from Garnier and L’Oréal. They’re my absolute favorite drugstore products. They have a very thin formula with just a little light-reflecting tint that works wonders on dark circles. I roll it on right out of the tube and use a fluffy ponytail brush to buff it in. Set it with a tiny bit of translucent powder and you’ll look totally rested and refreshed!

Tips for using highlighterBest makeup highlighterBlend highlighter with your fingersTips for using highlighter   Trick 3: Highlighter is Your Friend

Highlighter is the ultimate photo-ready secret. Watt’s up by Benefit is a beautiful golden shimmer without being sparkly. I also love The Multiple by NARS. Highlighter is definitely one of those products where you get what you pay for. Drugstore brands tend to be too glittery or frosty, so I always splurge on a top brand for this one. You’re going to want to hit the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and Cupid’s bow. Then blend with your fingers. The warmth of your hand will help the product melt into your skin. Instant glow!

Best red lipstick trickBest red lipstick trick Best red lipstick trick  Trick 4: The Red Lipstick Trick

This is something I learned from a makeup legend who learned it from Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist! It’s an awesome way to add depth to a red lip and makes your lips look fuller and more pouty. You can actually use this trick with almost any lipstick color, but I love the way it looks with red. First, line lips and apply red lipstick. Then, take a shimmery gold eye shadow, and using your finger, lightly press a little into the center of your bottom lip in the middle. Keep it away from the lip line. Last, take a champagne gloss and use it to blend the gold shadow. Keep the glossiness and shimmer in the center of your lips. You can smush them to blend it a little, but you want to make sure that it doesn’t get too spread out. 

Add a little glitter liner to your bottom lidAdd a little glitter liner to your bottom lid Trick 5: Add the Right Amount of Glitter

A little glitter liner is a super fun way to add some sparkle to your look. To give it a fun grown up twist, I like to put it on the bottom underneath my lashes. It’s very subtle but adds a lot of pizazz and is a great way to take your look from day to night in about 10 seconds. 

Top 5 hollywood makeup tricks  AnnaRose Kern for A Beautiful MessAll of these tricks are fun ways to add a little Hollywood glam to your look! You don’t necessarily have to do them all at once. Try a few and find what you love! xo. AnnaRose

Credits// Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRosa’s styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose. 

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8 Tricks to Instantly Plump Your Lips

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Full, supple lips is one of the biggest beauty trends nowadays, but in fact, this look has been coveted since the days of Marilyn Monroe. A plump pout is not only thought to be seductive, but it’s also one of the simplest ways to give yourself a naturally healthy appearance. When the skin on your lips look hydrated and healthy, it’s almost a given that you are working to ensure the rest of your skin and body feels the same way. So, how do you make your lips look plump?

One of the simplest ways is to use our Just Kissed Lip Plumpers. They contain certain peptides, such as Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, which have been shown to plump lips by increasing hydration and stimulating collagen synthesis. The peptides take time to work, but have been proven to show results with regular use and application, so your lips will appear smooth and full, naturally.

lip plumper hacks

How to Make Your Lips Look Plump with Makeup

If you’re looking for a more immediate way to make your lips look bigger, here are our best lip plumper makeup tips:

1) Exfoliate every day.

If your lips are dry, dehydrated and flaky they will not reflect light, making them appear dull. Exfoliate your lips every morning with a gentle lip scrub like the Sugar side of Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper. It’s not too harsh, but provides enough friction to remove any flakes from your lips. Not to mention, it tastes delicious! Exfoliating also helps increase circulation in your lip area, adding a flush of color and making your lips look bigger naturally.

2) Create a nude base.

If you plan to give your lip line some help, start by making your entire lip area nude. Apply concealer to the outline of your lips and blend it in toward the center, this way you are hiding your true lip line. Then, apply a little bit of powder on top of the concealer to set it. This trick creates a uniform canvas for your lip liner and helps to ensure your lip color will not move.

3) Stay close to your lip line.

Don’t veer too far from your natural lip line—Jane recommends lining just outside the vermilion border (the ridge of your lip line), but not onto the skin. To make your lips look plump, fill in the entire lip with the liner, as well.

4) Pass on dark lip liners.

To make your lips appear larger, line just slightly outside the lip line with a nude, pinky nude or neutral Lip Pencil. Dark lip pencils can create the illusion of smaller or slimmer lips and they can make your mouth appear flat, rather than full and voluminous. “Think about that favorite little black dress you have,” says Global Makeup Educator Hannah Hatcher. “Why do you love it so much? Because it is slimming! The same idea applies to your lip liner choices.”

5) Emphasize your bottom lip.

Add a hint of light to the center of the bottom lip to give your lips a pouty fullness. There are a lot of products you can use to get this look. Try adding a hint of lipstick in a lighter shade than your base color for an ombré effect. Dot a bit of lip gloss on your bottom lip to give it shine, or use our Quad Bronzers in Moonglow, Rose Dawn or Sunbeam and pat a small amount on the center of the bottom lip. Make sure to apply any powders after your lip color is on, but before you add any gloss.

6) Shine, shine, shine!

A little shimmer adds light reflection and fullness to your lips. So if want to boost your pout, grab a PureGloss Lip Gloss. You can wear it by itself or layer it on top of your favorite lip color for extra oomph.

7) Highlight your cupid’s bow and under the lower lip.

Use one of the lighter shades in our Quad Bronzers or even a White Eye Pencil to create the illusion of light on the high points of your mouth. Apply a small amount just above the cupid’s bow on the top lip, and a just below the lip line. Blend well with your fingertips so there are no obvious lines of demarcation.

8) Add a little shadow below your lip.

Some makeup artists use a water resistant light brown Eye Pencil to create a small shadow on your chin, underneath the center of your bottom lip, thus making the lips look plump. Be extremely careful doing this, too much and you will end up with a beard! Just a light flick of the wrist is enough to create this 3D effect.

We Want to Know

How do you make your lips look bigger and more supple? Share your tips with us in a comment below, or show us on Instagram by tagging #BeautyWithBrilliance, #TheSkincareMakeup and @janeiredale.

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Why is it important to wear a lip balm with SPF?

EDGAR: Our lips require special treatment, and need proper care. We have to remember lips do not have oil-producing glands. If your lips aren’t treated well, they are more susceptible to being dry and showing fine lines. Healthy, well-treated, and protected lips show signs of youth. So, wearing SPF on your lips is a must, not only does it protect them from sun damage that creates lines, but it also assists in protection from skin cancer causing rays. Remember to reapply LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15 every couple of hours.

Which Lip Balm is best for each skin tone, and is this a lip balm for dark lips?

EDGAR: Sheer LipDrink Lip Balm works for people of all skin tones, and here are my suggestions for specific complexions:

  • The best, tinted lip balm shade for fair skin tones is Flirt Lip Drink Lip Bam.
  • FlirtLipDrink Lip Balm is also great if you have a light skin tone that isn’t quite fair.
  • I recommend CrushLipDrink Lip Balm as a good tinted lip balm shade for people with medium skin.
  • BuffLipDrink Lip Balm is a good choice for ladies with olive skin tone.
  • If you have a darker skin tone, my recommendation for tinted lip balm is Tease LipDrink Lip Balm.
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Tips & Tricks To Cut Your Hair At Home

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It’s when you can’t go out to get your haircut that you really begin to appreciate your hairstylist. Let’s be honest—even once we are able to leave our homes after quarantine is over, chances are that it will be pretty difficult to get a coveted appointment at hair or nail salons. 

The good news is that, just like you can bring the nail salon home with you, you can bring your hair salon home too. If you think your hair is getting a little rough around the edges, consider trying your hand at a home haircut.

We’ve consulted with our resident hair stylist specialist Dee Lewis to figure out the best way to cut different styles of hair in the comfort of our own homes. And guess what? If you mess up, there’s hair extensions for that.

How to cut your own hair

Before cutting your own hair, ask yourself the following:

Is it time to cut your hair, or can you wait? 

If you can wait to cut your hair, you may be better off waiting for a salon to open— but how do you know if you can wait or not? Here are some tell tale signs that you may be overdue for a haircut.

If the ends of your hairs are splitting in a million directions ( or even just 2) or you see little white bits at the ends, it needs a clean up,” Dee says. “When the hair starts to break or split it will keep travelling further and further up the hair shaft creating breakage higher up in the hair, or causing you to get a bigger “trim” than you expected!”

How to cut your own hair

Dee also suggests avoiding any major hairstyle changes because “you will most likely end up worse than you started.”

If you are going to give yourself a home hair cut, stick to simple trims of anything 1 inch or less of the length of your hair. This kind of subtle cut won’t make a drastic difference, so if you mess up, you won’t notice it as much. It’ll also be easier to salvage down the road.

Maybe try a hair mask instead

If your hair is pretty healthy, or just slightly dry on the ends, try a hair mask at home first before committing to a home haircut.

Use salon quality hair masks, or masks with keratin, fatty acids, or vinegar. Because vinegar is acidic, it can be used to help lower the pH of the hair. This will tighten the cuticle, which “makes hair look shiny, and seals split ends,” says Dee. 

How to cut your own hair

How to cut your own hair

Tools you will need

Here’s what you will need:

  • Sharp scissors – be sure to use the sharpest scissors you can find. Better yet, hair dressing scissors. Your kitchen shears will not be acceptable for this!
  • A long comb that is not too fine
  • Broom/ dust pan
  • A blowdryer
  • 2 hair clips

Step 1: find an open space

Clear a space to cut your hair where it’s not falling onto a counter or into the sink or shower drain. It’s much easier to just sweep up off the floor than trying to get it out of the sink and off the counter.

Step 2: dry your hair completely 

How to cut your own hair

Before you cut your hair, it’s important to dry your hair completely.

“When the hair is dry, it has slightly more volume,” Dee explains. This way, when you cut, you will see exactly where the hair will sit. If you cut your hair wet, however, once it dries and bounces up, you may find that you ended up cutting off more than expected. This especially rings true for bangs!

Dee explains that the best way to dry your hair if you have straight or wavy hair is to blow dry your locks smooth. For curly hair, however, she suggests to let your hair air dry naturally, or however you usually style it. She advises that once it is totally dry and you determine how much hair you are going to cut, to cut half of that.

“It will spring up more than you want, and you will end up with a 2 inch haircut when you were only trying to cut 1 inch,” she explains.

Step 3: the basics of hair cutting

How to cut your own hair

When deciding on how much to cut, always cut less than what you think you need to cut off. Dee suggests trying to cut a small piece first to see if the length is as you like. Then, use that as a guide when cutting the rest of your hair. Go slowly, adding small sections to the guide until all your hair is cut.

How to cut your own hair in layers

If you are going to layer your hair, proceed with caution. Dee suggests not trying to cut your layers yourself, and only making subtle tweaks.

1. Overdirecting

At most, if you notice splits in your layers, part your hair normally, then split the hair in half down the back bringing it forward over your shoulders. This is called over directing.

“When your hair is brought forward and you cut the ends, you will naturally create that slight U shape when it falls back,” Dee explains. “The hair is wrapping forward leaving length when put back into place. That should help create a softer feel through the perimeter.”

How to cut your own hair

2. The horseshoe part

If you do decide to cut your layers though, a general rule of thumb is the higher the lift, the softer the feel. To do this, start by creating a horseshoe section from temple to temple and around the back of your crown, at the widest part of your head. 

The area closest to the back of the head/horseshoe should be where the longest length stays and nearer to your face is where it can be slightly shorter.

Brush all the hair straight up (if some falls away leave it) and angle the hair up so it creates a straight line from your face to the tips of your hair. Slide your fingers to the very tips where you see the breakage bits and or where you can see right through the hair. 

“If this is a lot of hair, don’t cut it—it should only be about 1 inch or less,” advises Dee.

 

3. Point cutting

Once it’s safe to cut, point your scissors at your hair to create a point cutting effect.

When point cutting, open your scissors as you place them in your hair ends, and only close them as you are sliding away. “This is the best way to avoid cutting your fingers or creating a hole in the hair,” says Dee. Point cutting is also an easy way to hide any mistakes and soften the finish. 

You can apply the point cutting technique to the lengths/perimeter of your hair and to soften a blunt cut.

How to cut your own hair

Getting rid of split ends

You may find that your length is just fine, and that you just want to get rid of split ends. Fortunately, this is pretty easy!  Before you even cut your ends however, try a vinegar treatment to help seal them first. 

When cutting, bring your hair forward, and part where you usually do. Then, bring your hair forward over your shoulders, and cut slightly less than you think you need to. Make sure to check that the length is the same on both sides. This is also a good strategy to use to make sure you cut your locks all one length when you are giving yourself a trim. 

When you are cutting your split ends, Dee says to make sure you keep your chin up. “Look in the mirror and do not look down. You will angle your hair down and end up taking off too much length by accident!”

How to cut your own hair

How to cut face framing layers

To cut trendy face framing layers, first start with your regular part, then a vertical section down to the front of your ears.

Dee suggests to comb this section inch by inch over directing forward at about 40 degrees. “The bottom of your first inch section shouldn’t lift higher than the corner of your eye or cheekbone.

Next, slide your fingers down keeping your fingers straight, not angled, as the hair sticking out should now be at a slight angle. Point cut a little at a time. For guidance, follow the shape originally created by your hairstylist.

How to cut your own hair

How to cut the back of your hair

Cutting the back of your hair may seem like a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Dee suggests that to cut the back of your hair, always angle the hair forward. “It is a more natural look to have the hair slightly shorter in the front than the back and the over direction will create this. This will also help you to see the front and what you are cutting so that you can ensure that you have an even and balanced cut.

How to cut curly & wavy hair

The reality is that everyone has a different hair type, so take this into consideration before you start cutting.

Curly hair is a unique (and fabulous) texture that cuts slightly differently. Fortunately, our specialist Dee has taught us how to cut our curly locks without having to leave the house (at least for the time being.)

For curly hair, first air dry your hair. Then, style to your desired shape and cut only what seems to be out of place. According to Dee, if you have curly hair, always cut half of what you planned to cut.

“1 inch will look like 2 inches, because with curls and waves, the shorter that hair the stronger the curl.”

How to cut your own bangs

Now, this may not be the best time to start experimenting if you don’t already have bangs. That said, if you are just going to do it anyways, or have bangs to maintain, Dee does have some helpful tips. 

If you do not have bangs, this may not be the best time to try to give yourself some. Instead, experiment with with clip in bangs and decide if you want to make the style permanent once you can see a professional hair stylist.

If you already have bangs and want to maintain them during this time—or are feeling daring and want to cut your own bangs—here’s how to cut your own bangs at home. 

Disclaimer: proceed with caution! 

How to cut your own hair

Step 1:  Blow dry your bangs

Blow dry your bangs and style them as you usually would. Part your hair down the centre, and then create a triangle that is 1 ½ inches back from the hairline with the sides angled to meet at your pupils/centre of your eye.

“This may seem like a small section, but it will fan out fuller once cut and styled and you can always add more later,” Dee explains.

Step 2: Clip your hair back

Clip all the rest of your hair away so you can focus on your bangs.

Step 3:  Start in the centre of your triangle

Start with a 1/4 inch section in the centre of your triangle. Comb this down using a wide tooth comb with very little tension and find where you want the length to hit. This is going to be your guide.

“Cut less than you think, because you can always cut more,” Dee warns.

Step 4: Keep your chin up

If you’re looking down, you are more likely to cut too much length. If you cut too much, add a tiny bit of hair from each side off the centre and cut slightly longer where you want it. You can “curtain” your bangs to hide the mistake in the middle.

Step 5: Split hair in the centre

Split your hair in the centre once you have found the desired length and have moved to the next side. Add another 1/4 inch section to the “guide” from either side.

“Keeping the hair you have already cut straight down in the centre and over direct the new section to meet the guide,” Dee says. Then, cut the new section to the length of your guide.

Step 6: Cut straight down in the centre

“If you are trying to create a more curtain or angled fringe,” Dee says, “work side to side, over directing from your centre part. Have your guide pointing at the opposite pupil or centre of eye and bringing each added section over to meet your guide. Then, cut the added sections to the length of your guide.

Step 7: Adjust

Once all hair is cut, you should have your desired fringe. “If it feels too narrow,” Dee suggests, “make your triangle slightly bigger and add more hair 1/4 inch at a time!”

How to cut your own hair

Dos and don’ts of cutting your own hair at home

  • Use the sharpest scissors you own.

  • Use a comb that is not a super fine tooth. A slightly wider helps to give less tension so you don’t end up with an uneven cut.

  • Do not try to use clippers like the pros do to cut your length, it cuts fast and a lot of hair at once.

  • Don’t cut over a carpet, or in an area you do not want little bits of hair flying around, hair tends to get everywhere!

  • Always cut half of what you plan to cut, and go shorter in increments if need be.

  • Although we have provided instructions, it is best to leave layers and bangs cutting to the pros.

Have any more questions on how to cut your own hair? Drop them in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help.

Written by: Brittany Rodriguez

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