How To Cut Your Own Hair

Guilty as charged. Ever since I made the impulsive decision to get a fringe, a little DIY trim here and there has become the mainstay of my hair maintenance. Also a much more practical, time saving alternative to going to the salon every few weeks. The hair professionals amongst you are probably foaming at the mouth just reading the title, but you know… I’m a rebel at heart. Personally, cutting my own hair has gone from being a nerve-racking experience to a strangely enjoyable part of self grooming (and certainly a lot less painful than plucking my eyebrows). If you’re desperately in need of a trim but don’t have time (or money) to dedicate to a salon visit, wielding the scissors may not be such a bad option after all. Here are a few things I’ve picked up so far when it comes to cutting your own hair.

Avoid taking too much length off at once.

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Unlike most situations in life, it’s a good idea to stay nervous. You can always take more hair off, but it’ll take months to grow out whatever damage you’ve done whilst getting a little too happy with the scissors. Personally, I try not to take more than 2 inches off at a time. This is usually sufficient for removing the more prominent split ends and dry, bleach-damaged bits that have started to look a little more pubic hair-y. You know what I mean.

Cut your hair dry.

Wetting my hair tends to make it look longer than it is, which makes it all the more tempting to take more off than I need. Cutting my hair dry gives me a more realistic picture of how my hair falls naturally and what it will look like on a day-to-day basis. That being said, I like to save the hair trimming for a day where I’ve reached a happy medium of greasiness – somewhere between straw and chip fryer. Just seems to work that bit better.

Point cut as much as possible.

Point cutting is essentially angling the blades of your scissors parallel to the hair shaft, rather than perpendicular. This essentially gives you more feathered ends (I believe they call it texturising) which disguises any mishaps or uneven cutting. Perfect if you have coarse, straight hair that often misbehaves.

Stick to choppier layered styles over blunt cuts.

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This one ties in with point cutting – layers give just the right amount of mess within a structure. Speaking from experience, they are much, much easier to pull off yourself than a blunt one-length cut where the slightest amount of unevenness can be seen from a mile away. If you’re thinking of giving yourself layers, I recommend this tutorial. Personally, I’d save DIY haircuts for minimal trims rather than a full-blown style change. Leave that to the pros.

Use hair styling scissors.

Haito Basix Classic Scissor 5 Inch

This makes a huge difference. Using ordinary stationery scissors can give you frayed ends and you might just cut your fingers off if you use garden shears. Seriously though, this one helps.

Have you ever tried cutting your own hair? If so, I’d love to hear how you got on, and if you’ve had any hair disasters from it. One of these days, I’m bound to end up at the salon on my knees begging for a hair rescue session after getting carried away with the scissors at home. You know what I’m like. Until next time – you go girl.

– J

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post were obtained from Pixabay and Pexels under a Creative Commons License and edited on Canva. As always, J takes no responsibility for any resulting hair disasters  if you happen to be inspired by this post. She is probably standing in front of the bathroom mirror with her own scissors, creating a disaster of her own at this very moment. Happy trimming! 

15 Comments on “How To Cut Your Own Hair”

  1. I actually cut my hair short by myself. I literally stood in the mirror and just said – I’m sick of these layers and started cutting. My friend kind of taught me how to cut hair (I’m by no means a trained expert!) and I once did makeup at a salon, but I wouldn’t do it again though because I wouldn’t want to go back to a bob. Like I find hair shoulder length is easier than cutting an inch or two, because the shoulders act as a guide. Haha if that makes sense!
    Loving all your tips though and they are what I have done in the past. xxx

  2. I’ve still never had my hair professionally cut! I have had it styled though, but I always think getting a haircut is so expensive lol! I also just take off small sections at a time, and use the ‘feathering’ technique. So far, no one has called me out on it, so I guess I do an alright job with it 😀

  3. I rarely visit the hair salon anymore, just because of how expensive it is. I really don’t know if i’m ballsy enough to cut my own. Actually I think the probably has more with I feel like I would start cutting and end up with a pixie cut. If I ever dare to start cutting my hair will definitely refer back to these tips for help. It made me giggle when you said about the scissors because I had never thought about how much better jt would be using salon scissors. I’ve only ever cut my hair when I was younger and would just use sationary scissors to lob some off hahahaa xx

  4. These are all great tips! I’ve been cutting my own hair for years and it really gets easier with proper scissors and more practice. x

  5. Ooo I love point cutting. I tried cutting my own hair once and it actually turned out well! I recently got side swept bangs, this post reminded me to trim them so thank you 😉 <3

  6. Your beautiful description of point cutting makes me realise that my hold my hair in a pony tail and chop off the ends method is probably not quite the way forward haha! I am rubbish with my hair, its wild and hard to manage. Im going to implement some of these tips! xxx

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