Cutting your own hair often sounds like an accident waiting to happen but, with a little bit of practice, it can be easy to create stunning styles at home. We share ten top tips for women’s DIY haircuts that can save you time and money, as well as give you unlimited access to new hairdos!
#1: Get the Tools
If you’re going to give yourself a haircut at home, you’re going to need the proper tools. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go to any specialist shops, you can find most of these in your local beauty store.
First and foremost, your main tool will be a pair of sharp hair scissors. It is a must for an easy clean cut with no split ends. A fine-tooth comb is essential to smooth out disobedient hair before every snip. And, a hand-held mirror is useful to check the back of your hair. You’ll also need a few sturdy hair clasps, bobbles and a water spray for keeping your hair damp while trimming.
If you want to take some of the weight out of your hair, you’ll need a pair of texturizing shears (also known as thinning or layering scissors). And, for those going for a pixie cut, get some good clippers and a few different size attachments.
#2: Wet Straight Hair, Dry Curly Hair
Most do-it-yourself haircut tutorials recommend that you should wet your hair before cutting it, but this doesn’t work for all hair-types.
If you have very straight hair, you’ll need to keep your hair wet so that you can get each snip perfectly even. However, curly hair can look entirely different when it’s wet than when it’s dry (it is called shrinkage), so it’s often safer to cut it dry, in its natural state.
If you’re not sure whether to cut your hair wet or dry, just copy what your regular hairdresser does at the salon.
#3: Separate Your Hair into Sections
At a professional salon, your hairdresser would often split your hair into a number of Tetris-like sections. It may look like some kind of secret hairdresser code, but it’s really quite simple.
The point of sectioning your hair is that it’s more manageable to work through and easier to see whether your hair is symmetrical. So, as long as the sections are the same on either side of your head, you can have as many (or as few) sections as you like.
#4: Aim Longer
This is the best tip for any and every DIY haircut technique — aim longer than you want your hair to be!
Trimming your hair a little longer than your desired length is a good idea for two reasons. Firstly, if you make a mistake, you’ve got some leeway to fix it. Secondly, if you’re cutting your hair while it’s wet, then it will usually look much shorter once it has dried.
#5: Chop Vertically
Once you’ve made all the horizontal cuts to your hair, you may find that your hair looks a little heavy or blockish. One of the possible ways to lighten the look, is to make a few vertical snips into your hair.
Comb out small sections with a fine-tooth comb, clamp it between two of your fingers and then snip upwards with your scissors. You don’t need to cut into the hair very much, even a few millimeters will soften the edges.
#6: Put a Bobble in It
Watch almost any DIY haircut video on YouTube and you’re bound to see women pulling their hair into bobbles left, right and center. The days of Mom putting a bowl on your head and cutting around the edge are well and truly over, strategic bobble placement is the way forward.
If you have long hair and you’ve been wondering how to cut your own hair in layers, bobbles are the answer. To DIY the so-called ponytail haircut simply scrape your hair into a pony at the very top of your head, comb the ponytail straight upwards and chop the tip off. Some point-cutting added, and voila – you have a haircut with long layers! This works for hair of almost any length, starting from lob cuts and ending with mermaid locks.
#7: Twist It
It can be easy to think that your hair needs to be perfectly straight every time you cut a piece, but that’s not necessarily the case. For example, do you know how to cut your own bangs? One of the best ways to get a natural feathered style is by twisting your hair.
Pull your bangs in front of your face, twist them into one taut section and then cut right across the bottom. It sounds (and looks) terrifying at first, but the final result is gorgeous on both short and long bangs.
For those brave enough to do the twist technique on a larger scale, it can also be used for a DIY stacked bob haircut. Take the back section of your hair, twist it taut and, once again, chop the end off. This will leave the hair at the nape of your neck short with the hair on either side gently fading into longer lengths.
#8: Go with the Flow of Your Hair
It goes without saying that different hair types require different techniques. If you have afro-textured or curly hair and like to wear it natural, cutting straight lines into your ‘do isn’t going to have the desired effect. Instead of trying to tame your curls into one single length, go with the flow of your hair.
For afro-textured hair, keep your hair dry, with no products, and brush it out to its fullest. Now, trim the tips of your hair without stretching any of it out with your fingers, a little like cutting a hedge. Once you’ve cut it all, brush your hair out again and trim any stragglers that are sticking out over the edges. Repeat these steps until all of your hair is the same length.
If you have very curly hair, try a DIY Deva Cut, another technique that requires dry natural hair. Instead of brushing out your hair, just separate the curls with your fingers. Then, snip each individual curl as it hangs naturally.
#9: How to Cut Your Own Hair Short
If you’ve already got a short pixie cut and it’s beginning to grow out, there is a simple trick to trimming it at home. You’ll just need a good set of clippers and a few different size attachments.
Be warned, though, clipper attachments may need to be bought separately and they usually only go up to 3.6 centimeters. So, if you want your hair longer than that, don’t do it at home!
Start by scooping the top-zone of your hair into a horseshoe parting and tie it up with a bobble. This is absolutely essential as you don’t want to cut the top section too short! Then, pin up any other wisps of hair that you don’t want to be as short as the hair around your ears and at the nape of your neck. Next, take a deep breath and go to work on the loose hair with clippers!
Once you’ve shaved the first section, let some more hair down and shave the next section with a slightly longer clipper attachment. Finally, let the top of your hair out and cut that with the longest clipper attachment, or just trim the tips with scissors. Blend sections of different lengths with your thinning scissors, or ask a trusted friend to do it.
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#10: If in Doubt, Undercut
An undercut is by far the easiest haircut to try at home!
Pop the majority of your hair in a bobble, leaving a few centimeters of hair loose at the back of your head. You can also leave some hair loose over your ears if you’d like an undercut that goes all the way around your head. The most important part of this step is making sure that the line between the hair that you’ve tied up and the hair you’ve left down is super straight and symmetrical. Once you’re happy, chop the bulk of the loose hair off with scissors and then shave it with clippers.
The best thing about this style is that it’s really easy to do and, if you don’t get it right the first time, you can wear your hair down until it grows out a little.
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So, as you can see, knowing these tips and tricks cutting your own hair may be quite easy if you do not plan extra-big changes in your appearance. Trimming split ends or creating layers can be successful, but not every short self-haircut, done at home, will look as fabulous, as in the picture. For something professional looking, definitely call your stylist. Or you will have to wear a cap during the next 3-6 months!