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How to Cut Your Own Hair

How to Cut Your Own Hair: 5 Tips to Consider

Believe it or not, cutting your own hair at home isn't as crazy of an idea as it actually seems. But before you go reaching for your plastic coated safety scissors, there are some definite tips you need to remember. Never fear, we have your go-to guide right here:

  • Don't go it alone if you can. Ask a friend or a roommate that you trust to even out the hard-to-reach places, like the back, for you. And never cut too much. Think: a very subtle trim.
  • Don't get too fancy. Cutting in layers and angles isn't the kind of thing you want to do haphazardly, and they require technique, so keep your first couple cuts to a single length. Leave the advanced cuts to your stylist.
  • Use your fingers as a guide. It's easy to accidentally angle your scissors up or down, creating weird holes and gaps in your hair. So hold the sections you're cutting parallel between your fingers to help keep your shears even. Tip: instead of cutting straight across, consider chipping into the hair by holding your shears perpendicular to your fingers. This will give you a softer, more natural finish.
  • If you want something truly simple, this is probably the easiest way to cut hair if it's wet: flip your head over, brush it out, and then cut in a straight line all the way across. It'll create a bit of movement without a harsh line.
  • Keep the sections you're working on small, and longer than you think you'll want them — it's always better to have a little more hair you can even out later. And if your hair has even a little curl, it'll be a good deal shorter when it dries. In fact, the curlier your hair, the longer you should leave it if you're nervous about overcutting.
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mulschey mulschey 4 years
For a dude, cutting your hair is awesome... until the stylist shaves your head to straighten the whole mess out. True story.
teews2 teews2 4 years
Well I will let you know I think I am going to try it tonight !!!!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Teews2, I've never heard of that particular technique — could be something worth trying as long as you just take the tiniest snippets just to be safe.
teews2 teews2 4 years
Hi......I have a question I saw an article about putting your head upside down and twisting your hair one way and cutting it and then combing it out and twisting it the other way and and cutting off any leftover hair you missed on the first cut to get a long layer look anyone here of this?
lauren lauren 5 years
WOW! Your new do looks AMAZING!!!!! great job and I never knew you cut your own hair!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I cut my own hair too! The last time I went to a salon, I only went because I was doing something more dramatic that I wasn't sure I could do on my own (cutting it to a pixie), but that was nearly three years ago. Props, Bella, you did a great job! :)
dinghy dinghy 5 years
Hehe, every now and then I get the urge to cut my own hair (did it just yesterday, actually.) Unfortunately it's pretty impulsive, I try layers and silly things like that and I always end up slightly horrified and annoyed at myself. But I can't help trying! Oh well. Hair grows back.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
Wow! I noticed how cute your hair is in person and would have never, ever guessed you cut it yourself until I read this post. Looks amazing per usual, Bella! I'm stunned.
CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 5 years
Love it! You did such a nice job! My mom always cut my hair when I was growing up and I took over when I was about 16. I only went to a stylist 4 times and had bad experiences so I started doing my own hair again. I just recently decided to cut myself some "swoopy" bangs and I absolutely love them. My friends want me to do theirs now haha. Why pay $60-$100 for a cut when you can do it yourself?
CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 5 years
Love it! You did such a nice job!My mom always cut my hair when I was growing up and I took over when I was about 16. I only went to a stylist 4 times and had bad experiences so I started doing my own hair again. I just recently decided to cut myself some "swoopy" bangs and I absolutely love them. My friends want me to do theirs now haha. Why pay $60-$100 for a cut when you can do it yourself?
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 5 years
I've recently started cutting my own hair, and I think it's a great way to experiment and save some dough! My hair grows super fast (an inch+ a month, no joke) so going to my stylist was getting incredibly costly. One rather cocktail-hazed night I decided to cut my own bangs, and, luckily, they turned out fabulous! (thank god) I've been cutting my own hair ever since....minus the cocktails, of course. If you're looking to start, there are lots of tutorials out there on youtube on how to angle your scissors, etc. Just make sure to read a bunch, because some seem slightly pre-teen bogus-y. Also, go slow. For an untrained hair-cutter such as myself, my cutting sessions tend to take a while. However, when I rush, inevitably end up with some sort of mishap. Good luck! And horay for doin' your own 'do!
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 5 years
I've recently started cutting my own hair, and I think it's a great way to experiment and save some dough! My hair grows super fast (an inch+ a month, no joke) so going to my stylist was getting incredibly costly. One rather cocktail-hazed night I decided to cut my own bangs, and, luckily, they turned out fabulous! (thank god) I've been cutting my own hair ever since....minus the cocktails, of course. If you're looking to start, there are lots of tutorials out there on youtube on how to angle your scissors, etc. Just make sure to read a bunch, because some seem slightly pre-teen bogus-y. Also, go slow. For an untrained hair-cutter such as myself, my cutting sessions tend to take a while. However, when I rush, inevitably end up with some sort of mishap. Good luck! And horay for doin' your own 'do!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Anon, the way you'll cut your bangs depends on the texture and thickness. I don't want to give you a specific plan without seeing your hair, so if you want to PM me with hair pics or just a description, please do!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 5 years
Wow! You look amazing. I cut my own hair but I've never been brave enough to lop off more than 3 inches.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Queen B75, my natural hair is a level 7 ash blonde (it's very, very cool-toned, like my skin and eyes), so to brighten it up without bleach I use a semi-permanent or a colored gloss— either Natural Instincts 8C Medium Blonde, or the John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze in Honey to Caramel. It makes my hair just a little more neutral without damaging it.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
I've gone back & forth between cutting my own hair and going to inexpensive salons to get it cut. I always cut my own bangs and around the front - usually if I go in someplace it's to get the back trimmed, and they usually take off way too much. Last time I went somewhere, just weeks before a big family wedding, the stylist didn't listen to me and ended up messing up my hair terribly. I'm gonna try to stick to trimming myself for awhile, as I don't trust stylists right now. I've been doing the flip-upside-down-&-trim thing lately, but the hair in the back isn't long enough to get trimmed that way yet.
QueenB75 QueenB75 5 years
bella- is that your natural hair color? it's so pretty!!!
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