Going to the barber for a haircut is fine for a special occasion, but going every four weeks can get expensive. Save some money by trimming your own hair at home! You may feel a little nervous the first few times, but once you learn how to do it, you’ll be glad you learned! Read on for instructions on how to cut your own hair; Long, short, layers, bangs, and everything in between! Here you will learn in detail about women’s haircutting, men’s haircutting, and about kids’ haircutting too.
Begin with a few careful snips first. Now isn’t the time to decide you want bangs (you!). It is best to save drastic changes for the stylist; however, you can freshen layers, trim bangs, and nip split ends at home. We’ve got the best videos below to help you cut your hair at home. Before you start, remember these things:
Get some styling hair scissors.
The kitchenette scissors can lead to more split ends and cross-contamination. Instead, invest in a pair of razor-sharp stylists designed explicitly for the task, like Equinox Professional Shears.
Make fewer cuts than you think you need to.
You can always take more hair off, but you can’t add it back! If you cut your hair while it’s wet, keep in mind that it will look shorter once it dries.
Consider your hair’s natural texture.
For curly or wavy hair, cut it when it’s dry so you can see what the final look will be. For straight hair, cut it wet or damp using a spray bottle first for the cleanest and sharpest lines.
How to cut your own hair long?
Buy some sharp scissors. The first step in cutting your hair at home is investing in the right tools. You will need special sharp scissors to cut hair (not any type of old scissors you have around the house) and a fine-tooth comb.
It is not a good idea to cut your hair with blunt scissors, as it will be more difficult for you and you can end up with split ends, which is completely contrary to the reason why you decided to cut your lope!
Wash your hair, but don’t dry it. Wet hair is much more natural to cut than dry hair, so be sure to wash it off with shampoo and conditioner before you start cutting it. Don’t touch the hairdryer!
Thoroughly comb your hair when you get out of the shower. The hair must be as straightened and detangled as possible. If you have very fluffy or too straight hair that even stands up, use a leave-in conditioner.
If you have very long or thick hair, some sections of the hair will likely begin to dry before cutting. To fix it, fill a spray bottle with water and a little bit of conditioner. So you can moisten your hair when you need it!
Hold the upper parts of the hair with a clamp. Depending on how thick your hair is, you will have to divide it into several sections to cut it, starting from the bottom layer until you reach the top layer.
Use elastic bands or hair clips to divide it into sections. Just make sure the sectioned hair doesn’t come loose because otherwise, it could get in the way of the scissors!
Once you’re done with the bottom layer, you can start to drop the other sections as you go.
Find the split ends. Before you can give your hair a small cut to get rid of damaged ends, you will have to inspect it to know how much to cut.
Take a look at the tips. If they look sparse, sloppy, unruly, or if you can see split ends, these are probably damaged.
You will cut about six millimeters (0.25 inches) above where your hair is damaged. This will keep your hair looking good.
Measure how much you need to cut. To achieve a precise cut, take a section of hair between the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand.
Run your fingers through your hair until you reach a point slightly above where you want to cut. Make sure the hair does not knot or curl between your fingers. It should be perfectly flat.
Your hair will look shorter when dry, so be careful when measuring how much you will cut. This is important, especially for people who have curly hair.
Remember that later you can cut more, but you will not be able to fix it if you chop too much on the first attempt.
Trim the tips. If you intend to cut the hair, hold the scissors parallel to your fingers. Keep a consistent tension on the hair you are holding between your fingers.
Trim slowly, letting the cut hair fall out and holding your fingers and section off hair steady in the same position.
For straight hair ends, cut them straightforward and leave them that way. However, if you prefer a smoother finish, hold the scissors vertically and cut them directly into the hair until there are no sharp angles. This will give the ends a lighter appearance.
Make sure that the ends are even. Take a section of each side of the face with your thumbs and forefingers, and make sure the lots are level after trimming the first layer of hair.
You should pull your hair down with your fingers at the same rate. If you run out of hair on either hand first, that section will be shorter.
Recheck the length until you have the size you want, and then go to the next coat of hair.
Cut the layers (optional). The layers should be left to the professionals, especially if you have thick or curly hair. However, if you need to trim the layers that frame the face, use the following technique:
Take as much hair as possible between your fingers, then trim as little hair as possible, holding the scissors tilted down.
Use the smoothing method described above to level the tips; then, check the layers on each side of the face to ensure they are the same length.
Recheck the hair when it is dry. Check for any noticeable inconsistencies after you have dried your hair.
Use a hand mirror to check the back of your head, or ask a trusted friend to do it for you.
In case you find any irregularity, retake the scissors and try to carefully cut as little as possible so as not to leave any lop.
Decide how much you are going to cut. Remember that you will have the option of trimming more bangs, but waiting for the hair you did not wish to regrow will take much longer.
Remove the rest of the hair—secure the hair that is not banged to keep it away from your face.
Wet the bangs. Use a spray bottle or spray some water on your hair. It will be easier to cut it wet, and you can touch it up when it is dry.
Measure how far you want to cut. Take a section of hair between the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand. Slide your fingers down so that they are just above the point where you want to cut.
Cut the hair that was under the fingers. Trim the hair by holding the scissors close to your fingers (so they are almost parallel) and cutting slowly. The fingers (and the hair they hold) must remain steady while the hair falls out.
Make sure that the sides are even. If you want all the bangs to be the same length, make sure it is even.
On each side, take a lock between the thumb and index finger of each hand. Slowly pull your hair down with your fingers at the same rate.
If either hand runs out of hair before the other, you’ll need to trim a bit to match the sides.
Do it until you are satisfied and the lengths are even.
Cut the bangs sideways (optional). If you want the bangs to be set aside, comb it in the direction you want it to be.
Tilt your head forward a little, so the bangs move away from your face. Place the scissors in the direction you want the bangs to be.
To start, place the scissors where you want the shortest part of the bangs to be. Side-swept bangs will have to be longer as you cut. Therefore, you should tip the scissors down slightly.
Make minor cuts through the bangs. The lengths should be a little variable, but not too much. Try to cut sections that are approximately 12 mm (0.5 inches) wide.
When the bangs dry, touch it up. Tousle your hair a little and see if you like where it falls. Make more cuts if necessary.
How to cut curly hair?
The best way to cut your hair is to section your layers and make minor cuts to the ends for healthier hair for thick and curly hair. There are layers and bangs, and you can shorten the ends.
Gather the materials—usually, short haircuts are done with an electric razor and scissors. Be sure to use sharp scissors and the shaver guard you want, which will determine how much hair you cut.
Start with wet hair. You can wash it or moisten it with a spray bottle before you start. Damp hair is more comfortable to cut and makes cleaning easier.
Start with the top of the head. For a traditional men’s cut, the hair should be slightly longer on the top of the head than on the sides and back. Start one or two inches above the ear and follow that line, going around the back of the head until you reach the other ear and moving the shaver straight and upward when cutting.
Then, starting from the forehead, trim the top of the hair, moving the razorback following the natural curve of the head.
Adjust any points you missed between these two areas.
Cut the back and sides. Put the shortest shield on the shaver. Start with the sideburns, moving the shaver up. Cut only to the point where you started using the longest protector.
Please start with the razor at the neck and move it up at the back of the head. Again, stop at the point where you cut with the most extended guard.
Don’t worry about the difference in length for now. The scissors will take care of it.
Use scissors to blend the two lengths of hair. The index and middle fingers of the non-dominant hand take a section of the long hair that was just above where you changed shields.
With the scissors, carefully trim the hair until the two different lengths blend.
Do it around your head until it looks well combined and there is no noticeable difference between the two lengths.
Ask a friend to recheck the back of your head, or use a hand mirror in front of a broader mirror to check it out for yourself.
If the “long” part of the top lope is shorter than the width of a finger, then don’t use your index and middle fingers to hold the hair sections.