There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you go rogue with a pair of scissors at home, but if you can’t make it to the salon right now and are in desperate need of a little trim, it’s perfectly fine to give yourself a quick fix at home.
The key is to start small with a few careful snips. Right now is not the time to decide you want bangs (yes, you!). We recommend saving big changes for the pros, but to freshen up your layers, trim your (already-existing) bangs, or nab split ends at home, we’ve rounded up the best instructional videos below to help you cut your own hair at home. A few pointers before you get started:
•Invest in a pair of styling shears. Put down the kitchen scissors! The dull edges could potentially give you even more split ends (plus, ew, cross-contamination). Instead, invest in a pair of razor-sharp styling shears designed specifically for the task, like Equinox Professional Shears. This will give you the best-looking cut (and the healthiest hair) possible.
•Cut less than you think you need to. You can always take more hair off, but you can’t add back what you’ve already chopped! If you’re cutting your hair while it’s wet, remember it will look even shorter once it dries.
•Work with your natural hair texture. Snip hair when it’s dry if your strands are curly or wavy so you can get a better idea of what the final look will be. If you have straight hair, cut while it’s wet or dampen it with a spray bottle first to get the cleanest, sharpest lines possible.
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How to Cut Your Own Hair Straight
If your hair is straight, you can use these three methods to make sure your DIY cut is nice and even. Bring your hair to the front and snip at an angle or straight, depending on if you prefer a rounded or blunt shape to your cut.
How to Trim Your Own Split Ends
If split ends are fuzzing up your style but you don’t want to lose any length (or if you don’t trust yourself to give yourself a “real” haircut #relatable), this method shows you how to identify split ends and snip them without changing the shape or length of your current cut. This allows you to go some extra time between hair appointments and prevents your hair from breaking off until you can get into the salon!
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