1. Assess the Starting Point
What’s the starting point for your client’s cut?
If they don’t yet have a fringe, we recommend trimming the full front section first, going no shorter than the longest point in the desired final look – usually just in line with the top of the cheekbones.
If they already have a short, straight-across fringe, they may need to wait a while longer to try the cut, unless you think there’s already enough length to make the side sections appear grown out.
If they have a grown-out fringe, you have the easiest canvas to work with. Your goal will be to tidy up the side sections then simply shorten the middle to create that tapered bottleneck effect.
2. Trim the Center of the Fringe
Starting in the middle of the forehead, point cut up into dry hair to make this section shorter. Go gently, checking in with your client regularly to make sure you’re hitting their ideal length. Some bottleneck bangs feature a micro fringe in the center, while others don’t contrast too much with the length of the longer side sections. It’s all about personal preference, so a slow and steady approach to trimming is best here.
3. Tidy the ‘Grown-Out’ Sections
Once you’ve perfected the middle section of your client’s bangs, start tapering out to the sides. Gently feather the hair, so the center seamlessly graduates into grown-out side bangs. This part of the cut is all about softness, so don’t be afraid to blend it in with long, piecey layers throughout the rest of the hair. A little undone shagginess will really set the look off and give it added impact.