Tips for Easy DIY Haircut at Home

by Isabelle SudronUpdated May 2019 Cutting your own hair often sounds like an accident waiting to happen but it can be easy to create amazing styles with a little practice. We share ten top women’s DIY haircuts tips that can save you time and money and give you unlimited access to new hairdos!

Get the Tools

You’ll need the right tools if you’re going to give yourself a haircut at home. Don’t worry you don’t have to go to any specialty shops in your local beauty store where you can find most of them. First and foremost, a pair of sharp hair scissors will be your main tool. For a simple, clean cut without split ends, it’s a must. A fine-tooth comb is essential before each snip to smooth out disobedient hair. And it’s useful to have a handheld mirror to check your hair back. You will also need a couple of sturdy bobbles hair clasps and a water spray to keep your hair damp while trimming. You will need a pair of textured shears (also known as thinning or layering scissors) if you want to take some of the weight out of your hair. And get some good clippers and a couple of different size attachments for those going for a pixie cut.

Wet Straight Hair Dry Curly Hair

Some do – it-yourself haircut videos say you wet your hair before cutting it, but it doesn’t work for all hair types. If you have very straight hair, you’re going to have to keep your hair wet so you can even get every snip perfectly. Curly hair, however, may look completely different when it’s wet than when it’s dry (it’s called shrinkage), so cutting it dry in its natural state is often safer. If you’re uncertain about cutting your hair wet or dry, just copy what your regular hairdresser is doing in the salon.

Separate your hair into sections

Your hairdresser would often divide your hair into several Tetris-like sections in a professional salon. It might look like some sort of secret hairdresser code, but it’s pretty simple. The point of cutting your hair is to make it easier to work through and see if your hair is symmetrical. So you can have as many (or as few) parts as you like as long as the sections are the same on either side of your head.

Target Longer

This is the best tip for any DIY haircut technique which targets longer than you would like your hair to be! For two reasons, cutting your hair a little longer than the length you want is a good idea. Next, you have some leeway to correct it if you make a mistake. Second, if you cut your hair while it’s wet, it usually looks a lot shorter once it’s dry.

Cut Vertically

Once you’ve made all of your hair’s horizontal cuts, you can find your hair look a bit heavy or blocked. One way to make the look lighter is to make a couple of vertical snips in your hair. Combine small sections between two of your fingers with a fine-tooth comb and snip up with your scissors. You don’t have to cut very much into the hair, even a few millimeters soften the edges.

Put a Bobble in it

Watch this post on Instagram on October 2016 at 10 am PDT Watch almost any DIY haircut video on YouTube and you’re bound to watch women pulling their hair in bobbles right and center left. Mom’s days putting a bowl on your head and cutting around the edge are good and the real way forward is through strategic bobble placement. If you’ve got long hair and you’ve been wondering how to cut your own hair in bobbles layers is the answer. ToDIY the so-called ponytail haircut just scrape your hair into a pony at the top of your head, peel the ponytail straight up and chop the tip off. Added some point-cutting and voila you’ve got a long layer haircut! This works for nearly any length of hair starting with lob cuts and ending with mermaid locks. It can be easy to think that every time you cut a slice, your hair needs to be perfectly straight, but that’s not necessarily the case. You know how to cut your own bangs, for example? Twisting your hair is one of the best ways to get a natural feathered look. Pull your bangs into a taut section in front of your face and slice them right across the edge. It sounds (and looks) terrifying at first, but on both short and long bangs, the final result is beautiful. View this post on Instagram You can also use it for a DIY stacked bob haircut for those brave enough to do the twist technique on a larger scale. Take your hair’s back section twist it and chop it off again. This will leave the hair short at your neck’s nape, with the hair gently fading into longer lengths on either side. Go with Your Hair’s Flow Of course, different hair types require different techniques. If you have afro-textured or curly hair and you like to wear it, it will not have the desired effect if you cut straight lines into your ubiquitous. Instead of trying to tame your curls with the flow of your hair in a single length. Keep your hair dry with no products for afro-textured hair and brush it to its fullest. Now trim the tips of your hair with your fingers a bit like cutting a hedge without stretching any of it out. Once you’ve cut it all, brush your hair out again and trim any stragglers on the edges. Repeat these steps until you have the same length of all your hair. Try another technique that requires dry natural hair if you have very curly hair. Instead of brushing your hair with your fingers, just separate the curls. Then snip every single curl as it naturally hangs. How to Cut Your Own Hair Short If you have a short pixie cut and it’s starting to grow out there’s a simple trick at home to shorten it. All you need is a good set of clippers and a few attachments of different sizes. View this post on Instagram at 11 pm PST January 2017 Please be warned that clipper attachments may need to be purchased separately and usually only go up to. There are centimeters. So if you want your hair to be longer than at home, don’t do it! Start by scooping your hair’s top zone into a parting horseshoe and attaching it to a bobble. This is absolutely vital because you don’t want to cut too short the top section! Pin up any other hair wisps you don’t want to be as short as the hair around your ears and at your neck’s nape. Next, take a deep breath and work with clippers on the loose hair! Once the first section has been shaved, let some more hair down and shave a slightly longer clipper attachment to the next section. Finally let out the top of your hair and cut it with the longest clipper attachment or just trim the tips with scissors. Mix sections with your thinning scissors of different lengths or ask a trusted friend to do it. Very Short Hair If in Doubt Undercut Undercut An undercut is by far the easiest haircut to try at home! Pop most of your hair in a bobble that leaves a few centimeters of loose hair at the back of your head. You can also loose any hair around your eyes if you want an undercut that goes around your head all the way around. The most important part of this process is to make sure the line is super straight and symmetrical between the hair you’ve tied up and the hair you’ve left down. Once you’re able to cut off with scissors the majority of the loose hair and then shave it with clippers. The best thing about this style is that it’s easy to do, and if you don’t get it right the first time you can wear down your hair until it grows a little bit. Related Post Women’s Undercut Hair If you don’t plan extra-big changes in your appearance, it can be quite easy to see these tips and tricks cutting your own hair. It can be successful to trim split ends or create layers, but not every short self-haircut done at home will look as fabulous as the picture shows. Call your stylist for something that looks professional. Or you’re going to have to wear a cap in the coming months! 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