How To Cut Your Hair At Home

With the COVID19 crisis continuing and all the salons closed for the foreseeable future, you may be finding yourself getting to the point where your hair is having its own crisis.

It isn’t always wise to cut your own hair as there are plenty of hair disaster videos around on social media that scream out to not cut your own hair, so here are some tips to avoid such mistakes.

Do You Really Need a Cut?

Ask yourself do you really need to cut your hair, perhaps style it differently or go for a ponytail for now, if you really can’t then you’re going to have to be brave and take the risk after all your stylist can sort it out later, right?

Tools You May Need

Quality scissors: 

A sharp edge will help keep your hair from fluffing out at the ends or moving around too much while you cut. Consider using precision scissors or placing an order for hair-cutting shears, which are razor-sharp and should be handled with care.

Hair clippers for short hair:

Hair clippers are in short supply right now, as everyone seems to be buying them but this is a good clipper kit if you can manage to them, and this is a good alternative. This self-cutting trimmer might help if you plan to cut your own hair without any help.

Keep These Tips in Mind

Have someone else help: 

Cutting your own hair in the mirror is not only tricky it is what often leads to the disasters we see. If you can, get someone to help you trim evenly, or decide when enough is enough. If you have to cut your hair yourself, use multiple mirrors, and take breaks to check up on how you’re looking.

Consider texture and length: 

A DIY haircut is hard enough for those of us with long, thick, straight, healthy hair. If your hair is curly, short, or especially textured, mistakes will be easier to spot, so the buzz words for this is “use caution”.

Start small:

Have you ever used a magnifying mirror to tweeze your eyebrows, only to step back and realize you’ve gone too far? Then please note the same principle applies to your hair. You can always take off more, but once gone it can only be replaced by growth.

Avoid horizontal lines: 

This may look badass but it is not as easy as it sounds. Hairstylists rain for years to perfect their technique, so keep that in mind if you are thinking of going for a look you love but have no experience in achieving, snip away just a little bit at a time.

This is important if you’re working on bangs. Horizontal lines are sometimes necessary for removing length but snipping vertically keeps your hair from becoming too blunt—a tell-tale sign of at-home haircuts.

If you’ve cut horizontally, make sure to follow it up with vertical snips to thin out the ends and make the cut look more natural. If you aren’t feeling dextrous enough to cut vertically, try holding your scissors diagonally.

How to Trim Your Hair

Be conservative.

As this is your first time trimming your hair, don’t try for a total restyle, save that for when the salons are open again. The lockdown desperate cut is all about trimming away what is getting in the way, so keep that in mind.

Wash and condition your hair.

Let your hair completely dry as hair shrinks as it dries. This will help you to avoid trimming too much hair. Give your hair a good brush making sure it is tangle-free.

Make sure you have your shears or clippers and a comb on hand. Use clips to help section your hair into manageable segments.

Drape an old towel) over your shoulders.

Follow the advice below that best applies to your hair.

For Long Hair

Divide your hair and clip it into sections.

Bring one section forward at a time and determine how much you want to take off.

Try only trimming a quarter of an inch to half an inch. (Cut a little less than you think you should.)

Trim off the length and then snip the ends to add texture and blend everything out. Watch this video for more in-depth instructions.

For Short Hair

Short hair is one instance where having damp locks may help you out.

Try if possible, to have someone else do the job for you.

Just remember that less is more.

If you’re using scissors, have them start at the sides and work around your head.

They can use a comb to help guide the shears and determine where to cut.

Be extra careful when trimming around the ears. This video is a good tutorial for a classic short cut using shears.

If you’re using clippers, this is a good basic tutorial.

To cut your own short hair, try this video tutorial, and consider purchasing a special self-haircut kit to make the process a little easier.

For Curly Hair

The type of trim you’ll want depends on your curl type (check your curl type here).

For looser 2A to 3B curls, you can probably follow this tutorial, where you work with dry hair and trim curl by curl at an angle to ensure voluminous results.

For tighter curl types ranging from 3C to 4C, your approach might be different; try sectioning your hair, gently detangling, and using firm pressure to keep your hair from moving too much as you trim.

This tutorial and this tutorial are both great options for highly textured hair.

Depending on your curl pattern and your hair shape, you may want to find a video more tailored to your desired end result.

Remember that curly hair has a mind of its own, so be patient and work in small sections.

For Kids’ Hair

If you can get kids to stay still, a haircut isn’t too hard.

For goodness sake avoid the pudding bowl look that our earlier generations had to suffer!

This is a good guide for blending short haircuts and dealing with cowlicks, and here’s a tutorial for classic shaggy toddler haircuts.

For Bangs

If you already have them, and they’re getting too long, this is a great tutorial for trimming bangs.

If you don’t already have bangs, then leave bangs to the professionals.

They’re extremely tricky to get right, and a botched fringe takes forever to grow out.

Instead, consider purchasing some clip-ins.

Good luck and when you next visit the salon be prepared for your stylist to sigh and give you a look of oh boy I’ve got work to do.