So if you are anything like me you procrastinated on getting a haircut and now you are feeling desperate for a trim. Just because the salons are closed doesn’t mean you can’t get your locks back in tip top shape. Cutting your hair at home may sound scary but we have compiled some tips and tricks for the perfect self haircut. While all our stylists first recommendation is to avoid cutting your own hair these tips will allow you to stay out of the dog house when you do get back to the salon.
As with anything, having the right tools is key to success. Sam Nevarez and Jen Kohlenberger, hair stylist for some of our INH team, both agree that having the right tools is crucial to a flawless cut. If hairdressing shears are out of your budget make sure that your scissors are super sharp. Having sharp scissors allows for a clean cut without damage to the hair strands. This means you need to put down the scissors you found in the back of your junk drawer. Other than some sharp scissors you should have a comb and brush on hand.
Know that you have your tools ready, it is time to prep your hair. While you don’t have to have clean hair to cut it, it is recommended. Clean hair will allow you to see where things fall naturally. Wet hair may allow for more precision but visually it will be easier to cut dry. Kohlenberger says if you do decide to cut it wet “make sure all the hair is wet and that the moisture is equal everywhere.” Cutting your hair is totally doable and even recommended if you are a naturally curly haired girl. Hair stretches when wet and can make hair appear longer than when dry. Once you have wet your hair or made su
Since this is the point of no return, really make sure you have a clear vision of what you are doing. Whether you are cutting wet or dry you should start with your hair parted the way you normally wear it. With wet hair when you are going to want to cut longer than you want so when it dries and shrinks you won’t have cut off too much. If you are cutting it dry you don’t have to worry about shrinkage but you should still cut off less than you think you want to. In most cases you will want to go back and clean up your edges. The process of cleaning up and feathering the edges will make the hair appear shorter. When making the actual cut work in sections and hold each section with moderate tension. Hold the sections between your pointer and middle finger. Never cut past your knuckle to avoid cutting yourself, it will also allow for a clean edge.
Now that your hair is the length you want you can start cleaning it up. If you are going for a blunt look then surprise, you are done! If you cut your hair wet dry it to make sure you like the final look as well. For feathering hold your hair in the same manner as mentioned above and use the tip of your scissors to cut upwards toward your finger. This will create a thinner edge and less blunt look. This technique can also be used for creating framing pieces around the face. Any stylist you talk to right now would recommend not trying to get too fancy with an at home haircut so keep to trimming or just cutting length off. Layering is a difficult skill made twice as difficult by trying to do it on yourself. If you were looking to add some bangs to your look click here to see our ‘How to cut your bangs’ blog post! If you have made it this far and are getting ready to pick up shears just remember less is more!
Now that your hair is looking fresh and healthy without those split ends it's time to simply enjoy your new look. Now if your trim became a chop and you are freaking out don’t worry, INH has your back with extensions and ponies so you never have a bad hair day. If you feel it is beyond repair just remember wigs exist! Bottom line is whether you choose to trim, chop or leave your hair alone INH has the perfect pieces for you.
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