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Hair Makeover at Home: How to Give Yourself a Haircut

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Not anyone can afford to go to a hair salon regularly. This is why some of us decide to try to do a beautiful and stylish haircut at home ourselves. Let’s see what we need to know and how to do this right.

What You’ll Need

What tools will you need to get the best result?

Scissors

It’s better to buy special styling scissors with 6-10cm long blades. If this is not an option for you, ordinary scissors will do, but make sure they are very sharp. A low-quality tool will damage your hair, giving you split ends, and the haircut will turn out messy and asymmetric.

Hair Accessories

You’ll need hair clips, elastics, a styling comb, and a brush.

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Big and Small Mirrors

A big mirror is your main one. Take a smaller one for convenience to be able to see the back and sides of your head well. Clean both mirrors for a more clear view.

Good Lighting

Make sure that the room is well lit.

Spray Bottle

You’ll need it to wet your hair during the process.

Important! Remember that wet strands become ‘shorter’ by 1-1.5cm when they dry out.

Tips from Professionals

If this is the first time you’re going to cut your hair at home, don’t hesitate to listen to tips from professional hairdressers.

  1. Study photos of your desired look and save your favorite ones.
  2. Before choosing a haircut for you, make sure it suits your face shape, hair length and texture.
  3. Don’t forget that straight hair should be cut in a straight line and curly hair — in a semicircle.
  4. If you have straight hair, wet it a bit before cutting. Wavy, curly, and coily hair can be cut dry.
  5. When you’re cutting your own short hair, it’s easy to mess it up, which will be difficult to make right. So it’s safer to reach out to a professional.

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Pros and Cons of Cutting Your Own Hair

When you’ve decided to give yourself a haircut at home, weigh up all the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • It saves money and time.
  • You get the exact length you want.
  • You can choose any shape of a haircut.
  • You’ll get useful hairdressing skills.
  • You can use any convenient hair cutting technique.

Cons:

  • You’ll need to get professional tools.
  • You’ll have to clean away cut hair.
  • Whatever the result, the responsibility will rest only with you.

When you’re giving yourself your first haircut, don’t rush straight into action. Study techniques and take into account possible difficulties. Be ready that the final result may not be exactly what you expected.

Popular DIY Haircuts

Every haircut needs a special approach, be it a bob, a layered or cascading haircut, a short cut, or just bangs.

Split Ends

For straight hair, you can just do a ponytail and cut split ends. Those who have thick curly hair should comb the hair to the front and carefully cut it in a circle.

Bangs

Cutting your own bangs is the simplest and most popular hairdressing experiment many have already tried at least once. When you cut your own bagns, be careful not to cut too much. Remember that when your hair dries out, the bangs will become 1-1.5cm shorter.

Cascade

You can get your dream cascading haircut at home in just five minutes. Here’s how:

  1. Bow your head forward and gather your thoroughly brushed hair in a ponytail.
  2. Secure the ponytail with an elastic right above your forehead and brush it to straighten the hair.
  3. Mark the point where you want to cut with the second elastic and cut it.

Thanks to this technique, you’ll get clean ends and smooth transitions between strands.

Bob

You’ll give yourself a beautiful bob if you carefully follow hairdressers’ tips.

  1. Divide your clean wet hair into seven sections: two at the back of the head, two at the crown, two at the sides and one in the front.
  2. Hold the scissors parallel to the floor.
  3. Start cutting your hair from the sides and cut the strands to make the length even.
  4. Cut the next strands to the same length.
  5. Cut the front and back sections last.

Layered

A layered haircut is a great option for medium-length and long hair. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Part your wet hair and brush it.
  2. Separate a strand, stretch it to the front, and cut to the desired length — this will be your reference strand.
  3. Add more hair to this strand and cut it to the same length.

If this is your first try, be prepared that it’ll take a lot of time and the final result may not be perfect.

Summing Up

Cutting your own hair is a difficult and risky undertaking. To get the best result:

  • choose a haircut that suits you
  • get high-quality hairdressing tools and hair accessories
  • find a well-lit room
  • stay positive.

When you decide to cut your own hair, keep in mind that practice makes perfect. If your first try is not perfect, you’ll definitely get it right on the second or third try. Plus, you can always ask a professional to make things right.

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