What will you do if you do not have enough time to visit the salon and get a haircut? Simple, just learn how to cut your hair. Yes, it is possible. Many of us might have experienced this kind of situation at some points because of our hectic schedules. For this reason, we cannot neglect the hair as frequent trimming is equally important to prevent split ends and other issues. This article lists 7 easy DIY ways to cut your hair. Keep scrolling to check them out.

7 Ways To Cut Your Hair At Home

1. Split Ends

No one likes split ends. I actually thought it was okay to have split ends until they started ruining the texture of my hair. So, I chopped them all off on my own! Here’s how you can do it.

What You Need

  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Comb
  • Elastic bands or hair clips

How To Do

  1. Divide your hair into several sections and clip them up, leaving out one section.
  2. Comb the loose section to remove all knots and tangles.
  3. Hold your scissors vertically and use short snips to cut the ends of your hair. This is known as the point-cut method.
  4. Once you’re done, check the section for any split ends.
  5. Clip up this section and move on to the next one.

2. Long Layers

Forget diamonds – layers are a girl’s best friend! They can change up a hairstyle instantly. And, you don’t need to go to a salon for basic layers. Here’s how you can cut them yourself!

What You Need

  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Comb or hair brush
  • Hair clips

How To Do

Layers At The Back

  1. Comb your hair and detangle it thoroughly. If you have straight or fine hair, use a hair brush. If you have curly hair, then use a wide-toothed comb.
  2. Bend forward and flip your hair over in front of you. Tie it into a ponytail two inches below your hairline.
  3. Brush your hair again and tie another elastic band at the point where you want to cut your hair.
  4. Place two fingers on either side of your hair above the second elastic band.
  5. Spread out the hair evenly and cut it straight across.
  6. If you want to feather your ends, hold the scissors vertically and cut upwards. But, be careful when you do this. I would recommend getting your hair feathered by a professional.
  7. Remove both the elastic bands, flip your hair back, and brush it.

Layers At The Front

  1. Comb your hair and detangle it thoroughly. Use a hair brush if you have straight or fine hair and a wide-toothed comb if you have curly hair.
  2. Leave out the front hair and clip off the rest of your hair. You can also take some hair that falls on the side.
  3. Allow the hair to fall on your face and brush it a few times.
  4. Take the hair in the center of this section and place a finger over and under it. Cut that section of hair using the point-cut method.
  5. Keeping the center hair as a reference and depending on how many side layers you want, cut the rest of your hair a few centimeters below that section.
  6. Once you’ve finished, brush all the hair to make sure it’s even. Part the hair the way you want and unclip the rest of your hair.

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3. Trimming Curly Hair

Curly hair should not be cut when it is wet. You should also never stretch your curly hair when cutting it. I know that most hairstylists straighten curly before cutting it. But, here’s how you can cut your curly locks by yourself the right way.

What You Need

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Clips and elastic bands

How To Do

  1. Comb your hair to remove any tangles.
  2. Separate the section of hair that you will use to make your bangs and let it fall on your face.
  3. Clip off the rest of your hair.
  4. Using your eye line as a reference, trim this section of hair upwards and outwards.
  5. Starting from the sides, unclip sections of your hair and trim them using the point-cut method.

4. Unicorn Ponytail Cut

This is one of the most used and searched tutorials on YouTube. The unicorn method of cutting hair is simple and easy.

What You Need

  • Two elastic bands
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Comb

How To Do

  1. Tie all your hair in a ponytail just before the crown of your head.
  2. Use an elastic band to secure the ponytail in place.
  3. Take a second elastic band and tie it where you want to cut your hair.
  4. Hold your ponytail straight up and cut it just above the second elastic band.
  5. You can feather the ends of your hair with the point-cut method.

5. Asymmetrical Bob Cut

The asymmetrical bob is quickly rising to become one of the most-sought after bobs of all time. Here’s how you can achieve the look without heading to a salon.

What You Need

  • Elastic bands
  • Hair-cutting scissors

How To Do

  1. Part your hair down the middle. Extend the parting till the nape of your neck to divide your hair into two sections, one on each side of your head.
  2. Tie each section with elastic bands.
  3. Tie two more elastic bands at the point where you want to cut your hair.
  4. Pull one of the elastic bands a little lower than the other.
  5. Using the point-cut method, cut below the second elastic bands of both the sections.
  6. Cut one section steeper than the other to form an asymmetrical bob.

6. Straight Bangs

Straight bangs are a classic hairstyle that also looks very modern. This style has been around since forever and still remains the queen of bang styles.

What You Need

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Clips and elastic bands

How To Do

  1. For a full center bang, use a rat-tail comb to part the shape of a triangle in the front of your hair.
  2. Separate this section of hair and cut it straight across evenly.
  3. Use the point-cut method to soften the ends.
  4. If you want a tapered fringe, cut this section of hair just below your eyebrows and keep making it longer as it reaches your ears.

7. Blunt Cut

The blunt cut is a straight-ended cut. This means there it does not involve feathering or thinning out the ends.

What You Need

  • Elastic bands
  • Comb
  • Hair-cutting scissors

How To Do

  1. Divide your hair into four equal sections – two in the front and two at the back.
  2. Tie all four sections with elastic bands.
  3. Use four more elastic bands to tie each section at the point where you want to cut your hair.
  4. Cut the hair in one section straight across below the second elastic band.
  5. Use this section as a reference to cut the other sections.

Infographic: Mistakes To Avoid While Cutting Your Hair At Home

Cutting your hair at home can save a lot of money, and you can also experiment with your hair as you please. However, a small mistake can result in a bad haircut. So, it is best to be prepared and avoid certain common mistakes while getting a haircut at home. Check out the infographic below for more details.

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

There is nothing wrong with being busy and not having time to visit the salon, but that doesn’t mean you should forego a beautiful hairstyle. The above easy tips on how to cut your own hair can help you achieve that goal effortlessly. All you need is a good pair of scissors, a steady hand, and patience. These styles can serve as a starting point and guide you as you pick, choose, and develop your perfect hairstyle. Then, you are all ready to plan out your DIY haircut session right in the comfort of your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why shouldn’t you cut your hair with regular scissors?

You shouldn’t cut your hair with regular scissors because they may break, tug, and damage the hair strands. In contrast, hair cutting scissors will give you a sharp and precise hair cutting experience.

Which is the best haircut for self-cutting?

Bob and pixie are some of the best haircuts for self-cutting. They require minimal tools and are time-saving.

Key Takeaways

  • Whether you don’t have enough time on your hands or you want to let your creative side shine, you may want to learn how to cut your hair yourself.
  • Cutting and trimming your hair regularly keeps your hairstyle looking fresh and your hair healthy.
  • There are easy ways for you to trim and cut your hair, starting at trimming split ends and ending with a blunt cut.

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