A Cutting-Edge Guide To Cutting Your Own Hair
Cutting your own hair doesn’t have to be hair-raising. It can be fun and is also cost-effective. It’s best if you have all the right equipment, a range of mirrors, and someone to help. However, even if you don’t here are some top tips to make it as pain-free and enjoyable as possible.
1. First Things First
If you’re set on doing this, then you’ll need a high-quality pair of scissors. Compared with the amount you’ll spend on an average trip to the salon, it’s worthwhile investing in a good pair of precision scissors, or even hair cutting shears. These are razor-sharp, so handle them with great care. Hair clippers are also useful, depending on how short you want to go. If you can get a friend or family member to help, then all the better. Mirrors are deceiving, and if you have no choice then make sure you have multiple mirrors, not just one or two.
2. Slow And Steady
Better to start by cutting a bit, standing back, and taking a look. Even consider doing it in stages, ie. stage one, then a few hours later, stage two and so on. Adopt a diagonal stance with the scissors. Avoid horizontal cutting so as to avoid a clunky, blunt effect; be sure to snip away a little bit at a time, vertically or diagonally. This also helps to thin out the ends and create a more natural look.
3. The Beginning
Make sure your hair is washed and conditioned, allowing it to dry completely (hair shrinks as it becomes dry and you might cut off too much when it’s wet). Brush out any tangles, misting gently with water if needed, only not too much, to avoid too much dampness. Use the ends of the scissors or shears, not the blade’s whole length. Have a comb to the ready to re-align the hair each time you cut a bit off. Use a cape or towel over your shoulders, just as the professionals do.
4. Longer Hair
If you have longer hair, divide it into more manageable sections. Decide in advance how much you want to cut. Trim off the length desired (an inch, maybe), then snip the ends to add some texture and create a blended look.
5. Shorter Hair
If using a shears, be very careful when trimming around the ears. There are special self-haircut kits out there, but with enough mirrors and a steady hand, you should be able to do yourself justice. Unlike with long hair, you might want to work with slightly dampened hair, because you’re aiming for shortness.
6. Curly Hair
You’ll need to figure out what type of curls you have, which can easily be done online. For looser 2A – 3B curls it’s best to trim curl by curl, with the blade at an angle so as to avoid clunky, unsightly edges. For tighter 3C – 4C curls it’s advisable to section the hair, detangling and applying pressure so that the hair isn’t moving too much when you’re cutting it. There are online videos which can aid you, but the golden rule is to work in small sections rather than tackling the whole thing at once.
The fringe is the most prominent part of your hair, so make sure it looks good! Take a triangular section in the middle of the fringe, between your brows. Then, decide how much you want to cut off and actually cut off less than you think, allowing you some thinking time. Lift the hair upwards, using a comb, and cut V shapes into it. Never cut across, or you won’t achieve that softer, more blended effect.
8. Split Ends?
When hair gets longer it’s quite common for the ends of the hair to get thinner and become brittle and damaged. A split-end serum is a useful way to keep your hair looking great between trims. Trimming the split-ends is a great way to spruce up your overall appearance, without having to do a full haircut.
So now the hair is cut, but it needs to be maintained. Protein-based masks can be applied to strengthen individual strands and given them strength. Coconut oil conditioner works similarly, while keratin-infused healing oil can help to repair damaged hair. There are so many conditioners on the market; to make the hair really absorb the conditioner consider towel-drying your hair rather than blow-drying.
It might not be ideal but could save you time and money. Once you’ve done it once you’ll feel more confident the next time around. You’ll also have something to tell people if they compliment you on your hair. Another thing to bear in mind; it will grow back if you make a terrible job of it. Unlike a tattoo or cosmetic surgery, the outcome is only temporary.