When Bettie Page took the Hollywood spotlight in the 1950s, her hairstyle also shot to fame. Her cropped bangs fell just above her eyebrows and angled up towards the temple while maintaining a bumped shape. Women continue to flock to the salon for what are often known as Bettie bangs. They add vintage flair to straight or full hairstyles, and are easier to style than a blunt fringe. Slick on some red lipstick and cut some Bettie bangs into your do at home for instant pin-up appeal.
Lay a rat-tail comb on top of your head, with the tip running toward the back of your head. Place your finger at the point where the comb starts to lift off of your head towards the front. This is the starting point for your bangs. Place the tail end of a rat-tail comb at this point, and drag the comb down to your left temple, until you hit your hairline. Comb the hair to the left of this line back and out of the way.
Place the tail end of the comb back at the starting point on top of your head, and drag the comb down to your right temple, until you hit your hairline. Pull the remaining U-shaped section of hair over your forehead. This portion will form your bangs. Pull the rest of your hair back, and tie it tightly with a hair elastic, or place it behind a headband to keep it out of the way.
Spray your bangs once with water from a water bottle from root to tip. Hair that is slightly damp is softer and easier to cut. Comb the hair with the rat-tail comb to distribute the water evenly.
Grasp the end of your bangs, and gently pull them straight down over your face. Position a pair of shears in alignment with your eyebrows, and cut the hair straight across from one side to the other. This doesn't have to be an even line, as it is only to get rid of some of the bulk. It's best to cut your bangs in sections instead of all at once for a more accurate shape.
Pick up the 1/2-inch-wide section of bangs closest to your left side, and pin it to the top of your head with a hair clip. Repeat with the 1/2-inch-wide section closest to your right side.
Insert the comb at the root of the remaining center bangs. Pull it through until it is 1/2-inch above your eyebrows. Make sure the comb is in a straight line. Cut the hair that sticks through the teeth of the comb using the shears, moving from right to left (or from left to right, if you are left handed).
Release the left section of your bangs that has been clipped up. Pull the comb through from the root until it is in alignment with the new length of the middle section. Trim the hair that is visible through the teeth from right to left, to bring all of the hair to the same length.
Grasp the left section at the root to keep it separated. Insert the comb at the root on an angle, with the rat-tail end extending inward and touching the bottom of your left nostril. Drag the comb down until you are 1/2-inch away from the ends at the far left of your bangs. Insert your shears at the bottom and trim the hair that is visible through the teeth, working your way up towards your temple.
Release the right clipped-up section of your bangs. Insert the comb at the root, and pull it down until it aligns with the middle section. Trim the hair that falls through the teeth from right to left.
Place the comb on an angle at the root of the right section, with the tail end extending inward and touching the bottom of your right nostril. Pull the comb down until you are a 1/2-inch away from the end at the far right of your bangs. Insert the shears at the bottom, and cut the hair that falls through the teeth, moving up towards your temple.
Comb your bangs straight down. Trim any stray hairs that fall beneath the "U" shape.
To style, wash with a volumizing shampoo and place a 1-inch-wide round brush underneath your bangs at the root. Rotate the brush towards your face while directing the blow-dryer down the hair shaft until the hair is dry. Place a 1-inch-wide self-adhesive roller under the bangs while they are still hot, and allow them to cool. Spritz the bangs with hairspray while they are still on the roller, then remove the roller.
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