How to Cut Your Own Hair

By Aniela M / June 4, 2015

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Whether you want to save some money, learn the haircutting trade, or you're just bored (like me!), cutting your own hair at home isn't all that difficult. In fact, it's easier than you think. Now I'm not referring to giving yourself a completely new do (going from long straight hair to a pixie cut or a bob), NO…please don't do that. I'm simply talking about trimming and/or cutting your hair SHORTER than it previously was. So don't get all crazy and artistic, unless you really don't care about the outcome! Okay, so let's get this cut going! First, I'll tell you step-by-step how to do this, and then you can watch a video below! Here's how to cut your own hair!

how to cut your own hair

How to Cut Your Own Hair

What You'll Need:

  1. A hair elastic
  2. A pair of hair cutting scissors (see notes below)
  3. Courage

How to:

  1. Start off with dry hair and make sure your hair is nice and frizz-free. For best results, straighten hair beforehand.
  2. Tip your head upside down, brush your hair forward and gather it into a nice tight ponytail that will start right at your hairline in the center of your head.
  3. Figure out how long you want your first layer to be. Will it end at your chin or at your cheekbones? You decide! Measure the distance of where your ponytail starts on your forehead to where you'd like the cut to be using a comb.
  4. Pick up that ponytail and hold it firmly between your hand. Grab your scissors and cut away in a straight line at the point that you measured. Just cut straight through! Don't worry about cutting it straight or uneven – we'll get to that in the next step!
  5. Next, still holding your hair in your hands, change your grip on your scissors and point them directly at your head. Start snipping away at the ends in short, fast moves until your ends look like a shaving brush, fluffy with no harsh lines.
  6. Pull your hair out from the ponytail and voilà, you've successfully cut your hair!

NOTES:

  • It's super important that you use hair cutting scissors. Please do not use kitchen scissors, nail scissors, or any other scissors. If you don't have a good pair of hair cutting scissors, invest in one – they're inexpensive and they'll actually get the job done! Hair cutting scissors are much sharper and they also allow you to cut with much more precision.
  • Start small. Don't trim your hair off too much at once. Start off with a couple of inches and see if you like the result. If you're satisfied, keep going. Remember, you're not going for a drastic change here, but simply a trim.
  • You can also section your hair and follow the same procedure if you're cutting layers, just be sure to have a mirror handy to check all of the angles.
  • Home haircuts CAN be a bit of a challenge, so proceed at your own rick, but most of all, just have fun with it – hair DOES grow back for the most part!

Watch the Video Below

This girl shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step so if you find it easier to watch the video, go ahead!

It's so much easier than you would think! Just make sure to follow each and every step and you'll be fine! Don't forget to share 🙂

How to Cut Your Own Hair

Can't get to the hair salon during these trying times? No worries! You can learn how to give yourself a trim with these easy to follow steps!
Course: Hair Care
Cuisine: Haircut
Keyword: hair care, haircut

Equipment

  • Hair elastic
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Start off with dry hair and make sure your hair is nice and frizz-free.
  • Tip your head upside down, brush your hair forward and gather it into a nice tight ponytail that will start right at your hairline in the center of your head.
  • Figure out how long you want your first layer to be. Will it end at your chin or at your cheekbones? You decide! Measure the distance of where your ponytail starts on your forehead to where you'd like the cut to be using a comb.
  • Pick up that ponytail and hold it firmly between your hand. Grab your scissors and cut away at the point that you measured. Just cut straight through! Don't worry about cutting it straight or uneven – we'll get to that in the next step!
  • Next, still holding your hair in your hands, change your grip on your scissors and point them directly at your head. Start snipping away at the ends in short, fast moves until your ends look like a shaving brush, fluffy with no harsh lines.
  • Pull your hair out from the ponytail and voilà, you've successfully cut your hair!

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Anonymous

You’ve got lovely hair! I wish mine was that smooth! Thank you for the video, it made me feel inspired. X

Lori

Thank you for making this video. You really explained things really well. I now feel that I can cut my hair.?

It’s been 3 years and now this blog post is very useful. Thank you, I will definitely use this advice because I have to cut my hair today!