Learn How to Cut Your Own Hair in 10 Easy Steps

Submitted By Alissa Ward  

Cutting your own hair can be a cumbersome process for someone who has never ventured that way before. Whether you’re in a foreign country where the barber costs almost as much as the dentist, or you can’t find a good hair salon in town; Whether you are a lost princess trapped in a tower tired of people telling you to let down your hair, or you just want to try your own hand at grooming yourself, the suggestion here will steer you to know how to cut your own hair and can make you your own barber.

More and more people have started doing it themselves and it makes for a very pleasing and satisfying result once you’ve learnt how to do it well. You might be scared of looking like a ruffled rooster after you’re finished, but with the right guidance you can learn how to cut your own hair and end up saving both time and money!

10. The Right Tools

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No matter whether you’re a guy or a girl and have long or short hair, there are some things that are essential on the list before you get started and cut your own hair. A sharp pair of scissors, a good mirror, a fine comb and a spray bottle are the tools of the trade and a must have for every budding barber. Definitely the most important of these are the scissors, which you must make sure are very sharp indeed as dull scissors will make the job difficult as well as destroying the purpose of you learning how to cut your own hair by giving you split ends.

If you plan on doing this yourself regularly, investing in some professional hair cutting scissors might not be a bad idea. If getting your hands on those is going to be tricky, a nice pair of fabric cutting scissors can also be made to work, provided that they are very sharp.

9. The Right Conditions


Before you start to cut your own hair, it is recommended that your hair be slightly damp or wet. Wet hair has a tendency to stick together, thus making it easier to cut. You can do this by two ways depending on how the length of your hair. If your hair is long, you should start by washing your hair with a shampoo that is specific for your hair type, rinsing with warm water and conditioning it but not drying it afterwards, rather leave it a little damp. The next step is making sure that it is untangled by running a fine comb through it, as your hair must be perfectly straight and flat when you cut.

Especially in case of short hairstyles for round faces, you can just grab a spray bottle and mix a little conditioner with some warm water and then spray over the area that you want to cut. In your venture to cut your own hair an exception does exist for curly hair which should not be wet when cut, since there is an increased likelihood of the curls being spoil and being cut unevenly.

8. Call A Friend


If you’re unsure about how to cut your own hair, call a friend to assist you in getting to the hard to reach areas. But even if they’re not actually going to do the actual cutting, a second opinion can be quite helpful if you get stuck somewhere and can’t decide what looks better. Besides, if it all goes horribly wrong, at least you’ll have somebody to laugh about it with!

7. Divide And Conquer


If you have long hair, here are a couple of tips to teach you how to cut your own hair. It is easier to manage smaller sections at a time so try to pin up the top part of your hair using elastic ties or bobby pins when you have washed and combed you hair, and then start working from the bottom up. When you have finished with one part, you can let down another portion by taking out the pins and tackling the next area. This way, you’ll be focusing only on the portion of your hair that you want to cut and be able to easily snip away without wayward strands obstructing the scissors and getting in the way.

A more advanced technique advocates using something called a seven-section parting which divides the hair into different regions on your head thus making the cutting process very systematic and refined.

6. Pay Special Attention To The Ends


Most of the time if you decide to cut your own hair, it will probably just be to reduce the length a little bit and take care of those bothersome split ends. A big step in learning how to cut your own hair is to first examine it carefully and look for the trouble areas that have been damaged, and then decide how much of that area you want to trim. A basic guide is that you need to find the damaged ends and then trim them a quarter of an inch above where the damage ends. This will help make sure that you don’t get split ends again so soon! But always make sure to cut only a little at a time as most people cut off too much on their first time and then end up having to get professional help to salvage their style.

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5. Start Chopping


You are finally ready to start chopping away. Measure out the length of the hair that you wish to cut by grabbing hold of the part that you want to trim in your non-dominant hand and then sliding it down between your fingers to the part from where you want to cut, making sure that your hair remains absolutely flat and tangle free. An important thing to keep in mind when you learn how to cut your own hair is that wet or damp hair appears longer than dry hair. So be wary of the amount that you want to trim as you might end up with a shorter length once your hair has dried up. A safe bet would be to trim off a little at a time. That way even if something doesn’t go exactly as planned, you can always trim slightly more or even seek professional help if you feel like it.

If scissors do not give you the desired effect, you can also try cutting your hair with a special razor, which is particularly useful in thinning out large sections of hair. For short hair, having one of those electrical trimming machines can be a big help. You can choose how much of your hair you want to trim by selecting the guard sizes on the teeth of the machine which act as a barrier between the blades and your hair. Since the length of hair on the top of the head is typically more than on the sides for men, you should start by tackling the sides first with the electric trimmers, which involves removing the bulk of the hair and thinning it out and is essentially what is meant by texturizing. You can then move on to the technique called point cutting.

This involves taking a small section of hair between your fingers and cutting the edges to refine them and soften the ends. Other techniques like notching, slithering, slicing and the shears over comb technique can all be used to thin down hair and achieving a neat, clean look.

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