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How To Cut Your Own Hair

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How to cut your own hair without looking like a damn mess:

How to Cut Your Own Hair The Right Way - ladies, if you're thinking about cutting your own hair, READ THIS FIRST. Make sure you do it the right way, so you don't wind up regretting your haircut! These simple tips will make sure you get the perfect haircut at home, DIY style! beauty | fashion | hairstyles | DIY | salon | hairstylist | how to | tutorial | step by step | YouTube | trim | easy

If you’re thinking of cutting your own hair, read this first to make sure you know how to cut your own hair the right way. 

I know…I know…you think I am crazy. I’m ok with that. I have accepted it long ago, and dare I say, embraced it.

I thought it myself the first time I stood, hair dripping, hand quivering and scissors aloft in my bathroom mirror…but I promise you, the bowl cut horror stories are nothing like my DIY Haircuts.

When I was a kid, back in the 80’s and 90’s, perms were all the rage. My mother, bless her heart, gave me several home perms. They never quite worked out right, and I always wound up smelling like a nuclear waste plant.

She also cut my brothers’ hair (thankfully I escaped the “buzz cut” fate, but they were not so lucky).

I think she wisely avoided cutting my hair at home because she would have had to fumble her way through it, and it would likely wind up disastrous (no offense, Mom!).

Nowadays though, there are SO many resources available to teach you how to cut your own hair.  Now, I’m not saying that you should take your scissors and start playing Vidal Sassoon and doing crazy styles, but a simple trim, or basic layer cut is easy to do, and think of the money you will save!

If you head to the salon every 4-6 weeks for a trim, that adds up FAST.

Your stylist may hate me, and I am sure I am gonna catch hell from any hair professionals that stumble upon my post (SORRY!) but hear me out! You can in fact cut your own hair successfully. You can even learn how to cut your own hair with layers!

The truth is, they know you can, and that’s why they get so mad when they hear people saying they do their own trims.

Now I’m not saying my aim is to put hairstylists out of business, of course a major change is something you might want to consult with a professional on, but a little clean up between salon visits makes a world of difference.

My aim is not to have everyone in the world giving themselves haircuts. However–a nice, trimmed hairstyle can make you FEEL better.

If you don’t have the money, doing it yourself can provide that boost that you need. Not only the sense of accomplishment for knowing you can do it, but also because your hair looks fresh and healthy!

If haircuts for yourself and/or your kids are simply not in your budget, then you can cut your own hair and save that money for more urgent expenses.

How to cut your hair the right way:

1. I am NOT Paul Mitchell, I know my limitations and don’t expect to have a cutting edge fancy schmancy look off the cover of Vogue. HAVE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS.

2. Do NOT cut your hair while PMSing, or just after a traumatic breakup, or any other time where you might be emotionally unstable. It wasn’t a good look on Britney, it won’t be a good look for you either.

3. Use only VERY SHARP scissors or shears (see below for some great, cheap tools to use). That being said, please refer to tip #2. No stabby-stabby.

4. Do not cut your hair wet. It’s easier to see mess ups right away when it’s dry. Therefore, you can make sure to make adjustments as you go.

5. Speaking of adjustments, TAKE YOUR TIME. Cut slowly little bits at a time. Never hack off several inches at once. You can always take more, you can’t put it back on.

6. Never ever cut straight across. Blunt cuts are for the pros. Blend your snips by cutting “UP”.

7. Do your research. There are TONS of YouTube tutorials that walk you through how to cut your own hair step by step. Find one who has similar hair (length, texture, etc) to yours, and watch that video at least 3 times BEFORE you pick up the scissors. Then have your laptop or computer near by to watch the video for reference. Pause, rewind, repeat as necessary.

8. DO NOT cut your hair right before a big event (*cough* like a wedding). Just in case there are any screw ups…

9. Be confident…if you’re convinced you will screw up, then you will. Relax, take a deep breath and go.

10. Remember: Hair grows back. If your bangs wind up a little shorter than you’d like, just pin them back with bobby pins, and in a couple weeks they will be good as new. As long as you cut in SMALL amounts as mentioned above, you have nothing to worry about!

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Debra Rouston

Friday 15th of April 2016

I've been cutting my own hair for years now. I like it short and choppy so mistakes are easily "hidden". I don't like going to the beauty parlor because they pressure me to buy their products (I already use good products) and never give me a good cut. My hair takes 5 minutes to do, sometimes 10. I also let myself go grey. It's mostly in the front with a little salt and pepper. Love it! Try new things....keeps it interesting.


Monday 14th of March 2016

I did my own hair for a year or so. I was a little nervous, but it turned out ok. I have curl in my hair, too, so it is easy to hide imperfections.

My hair is longer now, and I want to go from a straight bob to more of a layered cut. You've inspired me to look for a you tube tutorial for the do I want!



Monday 7th of March 2016

have i? you bet! i wanted my hair short and choppy and couldn't find a stylist who was willing. so one day, sharp scissors in hand, i started cutting. OMG! i loved it! when my sister, who is a stylist in another city saw it, she kind of gasped and said 'you look like a porcupine!' what a compliment! that is exactly what i wanted! short and choppy. it was cute! i did not know that there were tutorials on youtube. hm...i feel a spring shearing coming on! ;)


Wednesday 10th of February 2016

I agree, I have my husband trim mine and you would not be able to tell the difference unless you did a close inspection. He has been doing mine for years, I had him give me a haircut shortly after we started dating and no one else has been allowed to touch my hair since. When I started seeing too many grays to pluck, I told him I need to color my hair. He thought it looked great with the silver streaks and I had concerns because I have sensitive skin, and the one time years ago that I tried box dye, it burned my scalp. But I wasn't giving up so we did research on what is in the dyes and found that not only do the harsh chemicals destroy your hair, but cause cancers and birth defects. So henna was the smart choice, no toxic chemicals. Once he accepted the fact that I wanted my hair colored, he watched YouTube videos and then we went to Sally's to get a coloring cape and brush. The first time he set me up on a stool on the patio, wore old clothes and went to work. We took before and after pics, but I took his phone to delete the ones with my hair covered with henna and a plastic cap on. I got a lot of likes on Facebook as the color and shine were fabulous. One comment was "I want your hair" and a couple asked if he would take appointments. It leaves my hair feeling soft and silky. My husband was pleased with the result and now our routine is a full application every three months and root touch up at the six week point. I get stopped by women who love the color and want to know where I had it done, so I am very pleased with the work of my stylist/colorist. I figure by him doing my hair, we are saving over $1600 a year for what it would cost in a salon, and they won't do henna. He does my children's' hair as well, always a great job, and that is hundreds more a year I don't have to spend on haircuts. A skill well worth learning to do at home. I don't miss the hassles, the wait and costs of having to go to the salon and barbershop, and I get far better results for me and my children. My husband says he gets the benefit of a beautiful wife, I won't argue with him on that point;)


Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Sorry Cindy- (my wonderful hairdresser) but a down turn in income has caused me to forgo that luxury. I actually think it's kind of a thrill to cut my hair! No sitting for a long time in the chair, I can do it whenever the mood strikes, and I'm not fussy about it so it's all good. I'll treat myself once in awhile - she always knows when I've been hacking away :-)

An Exercise in Frugality

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

Hehe! I agree-money is tight and sometimes my hair grows way too fast. If you're careful, take your time and only do a minor trim there's no reason you can't cut your own! The only person who ever seems to be able to tell when I cut my own is my stylist ;) And that's because they have an up close view and a trained eye!