DIY Beauty Treatments and Fashion Fixes
Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
What you need: Sharp scissors (such as Rickycare six-inch shears; $15, rickysnyc.com for info) and a mirror.
How-to: Start with dry hair. (If your hair is wet, your bangs will wind up too short.) To ensure that you are cutting straight, look in the mirror and place the comb horizontally at the spot where you want the bottom of the bangs to be. (They should fall just above the eyebrows.) Make small snips at a vertical angle to create a soft fringe, using the point of the shears rather than chopping with the entire blade; this will give you more control. Make sure the comb remains parallel to the floor. And, finally, show restraint: Watching those cuttings raining softly into the sink can be dangerously satisfying.
A pro charges: $20
DIY cost: $0, after the initial $15 for scissors