How To Cut Your Own Hair At Home

A Complete Guide On ‘ How To Cut Your Own Hair’

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Have you ever wanted to cut your own hair? Cutting your own hair can save you tons of money, but you must know the right techniques. The following blog post will teach you how to safely and easily cut your hair at home with no need for a professional!  If this sounds interesting, keep reading.

Before we start, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Choosing the right tools For Cutting Your Own Hair

When choosing hair cutting tools, make sure you have a pair of hair scissors, hair clippers, a hairbrush. We have several reviews on Trimmers that are ideal for hair cutting, read about them here,

Before Starting

Hair that has been recently dyed or bleached will require time to settle, so either give it a week or come back later. If you’re planning on dying your hair again soon after the DIY cut, just bear in mind that you may need to go a little shorter than usual.

Top Tip – If you’re using scissors, put them in hot water for about five minutes before cutting to ensure that they stay sharp and straight. Try not to get distracted while cutting your hair, as this may cause serious injury.

If you’re planning on cutting your hair dry, dampen it ever so slightly with a spray bottle or wet it with your hands before starting. You might want to stand in front of the mirror so that you can check where the scissors are going at all times though!

This is the first step but probably the most important one of all!

Take a look in the mirror and decide what length you want your hair to be (remember that it’ll be longer when wet). If you’re using scissors, make sure the longest ones are at least one inch below where you want your hair to end.

If you’re planning on using hair clippers, wet your hair slightly so that it’s easier to cut and set them to about an inch below where you want your hair to end. For reference, this is about a number 2 blade setting.

Using scissors To Cut Your Own Hair

Hold the handle of the scissors with one hand and place the tip of the longest pair at the desired length. Hold them in place with your thumb and drag them upwards until you reach the end of your hair. Repeat this at least three times to cut all the hair from that section. Take a look in between each drag to make sure that nothing is missed.

If you’ve got shorter hair, do the same thing but only drag it up once or twice. Remember to look in between each drag and make sure that everything is evened out.

After you’ve finished doing one section, take a comb and brush your hair forward (away from the part you just cut) to see if any bits are sticking up or sticking out. If they are then simply use the scissors to bring them down to the desired length.

Repeat this process on all of your hair and check again in between each section. If any bits are sticking up then take a pair of scissors and make tiny adjustments until you’re happy with how everything looks! When you’ve finished with all your hair, style it into whatever style you usually would do.

Using a trimmer to cut your own hair

Wet your hair down with a spray bottle or dampen it slightly so that the trimmer can glide over it easily. Make sure that the trimmer is set between half an inch and one inch, depending on how long you want your hair to be.

Holding the trimmer firmly against one of your ears, push it up towards your crown. Make sure that you go with the grain of your hair and don’t force it through to make sure that you get a smooth cut. Repeat this until you’ve reached your desired length all over your head, making sure not to miss any bits!

Comb or brush your hair forward after cutting each section so that you can see if anything has been missed. If there are still bits sticking up or sticking out, use a pair of scissors to make any adjustments before styling it back into place.

Remember to change the trimmer setting after each section so that you don’t accidentally cut too much – if you set them all to the same length then you’ll end up going over the same bit too many times and end up with a very uneven cut.

Be especially careful around your hairline and ears, as you don’t want to make the wrong move and leave yourself with bald patches!

If you’re not sure about cutting your own hair, ask someone close to you (like a friend or family member) to help you out and give it a go! Eventually, if you practice and get good enough then you’ll be able to do it on your own without the need for an extra set of hands.

Once you’ve managed to get the hang of it, there’s no need to leave your hair to grow out again – you can have a completely different look whenever you want!

Congratulations – You have just successfully cut your own hair!

Frequently Asked questions

Is it a bad idea to cut your own hair?

It’s not a bad idea at all. If you’re comfortable with cutting your hair then it doesn’t matter whose advice you follow – just as long as you’re happy with how it turns out! Remember that if something goes wrong and your DIY cut doesn’t look the way you wanted it to, you can always go back to your hairdresser and get it fixed.

How long does it take you to cut your hair?

For me, it takes about 15 minutes for a full head of short-medium length hair. Layers will probably take a little bit longer but that all depends on your personal preference.

What if I mess it up?

If you do then don’t panic! You can always go back to your hairdresser and get them to fix it for you. Keep in mind that they might charge a little extra though so make sure you’re fully prepared before chopping all your hair off!

Don’t you recommend going to a hairdresser?

Yes, I do – If you’re not comfortable with cutting your hair then leave it up to a professional! The best part about visiting your hairdresser is that they’re able to give you advice on the best way to cut your hair and how to style it.

What if I just want a very small change/tweak?

If that’s the case then go for it! It might not be worth it though, especially if you’re limiting yourself by staying within the 8cm guideline.

Do you recommend I cut my hair?

I can’t answer that. If you’re comfortable with cutting your hair then go for it, but if not then don’t do anything that will stress you out! As long as you’re happy with how it turns out then there’s no problem.

I’ve heard that cutting your hair is dangerous, what do you think?

It can be but only if you’re not careful! You’ll need to watch what you’re doing and make sure you don’t accidentally cut yourself.

 Should you cut your own hair wet or dry?

If you’re cutting your hair then you can do it either way. It doesn’t make a difference as long as you’re happy with the result!

How to cut the back of your hair yourself?

This will be much easier if you have someone else to do it for you. If not then you can place a mirror on the wall behind you, and also a mirror to the front of you, this will help you see while cutting the back of your hair! Go slow and check often in case you miss parts!

Which trimmer is best for cutting hair?

All of them work just fine. It’s best to go with the one that you think will be easy for you to use and handle.


Interested in the history of hair cutting? Read about it here!

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