So you want to cut your own hair. I mean, guys do it all the time right? So why can’t we?
If you want to give yourself a trim, or maybe go bold and try taking off a few inches of hair, there are some basic ground rules to follow so that you don’t have to make an emergency run to the salon. If it’s your first time, I recommend keeping it simple with a basic touch up or bang trim, and then gradually warm up to more complex cuts. For anything super drastic, the salon is still your best bet.
Start With Damp Hair
After washing your hair, run a comb through it thoroughly to detangle and make as smooth as possible. Tie your hair into a ponytail high on your head so you can lift it up at the back of your head. Make sure the ends line up as evenly as possible. Slide the ponytail holder toward the end of the hair and stop about three inches up. Holding at the ponytail holder, begin cutting into the ends of the hair at an angled vertical. If you’re just going for a trim, that’s all you need to do!
Make Sure You’ve Got Really Sharp Scissors
Your regular pair of kitchen shears probably isn’t going to work for this. If you’re going to be cutting your hair frequently, invest in a pair of good long scissors and make sure they are sharpened before using them.
Be Careful With the Bangs
A bad bang trim could be terrible, so be careful and trim the bangs slowly. Start with a center part, then section them off diagonally. Use a fine comb to lift the bangs off your forehead and cut small, tiny points into the hair. Go back and revise if needed.