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How To Cut Your Own Hair For A Layered Look: A Step by Step Guide

By Edited May 18, 2015 0 0

You're In Control of Your Hair

You may think that getting your hair done is something best left for the professionals. After all, nearly everyone you know does the same! But, have you ever gone to the hairdresser’s and found that after shelling out $50 (or more!) for a haircut, you end up with a bad haircut? And from a professional, at that!

Don’t leave your locks and your looks in the hands of someone else. Take control and have your say in how your hair is cut! With a bit of work, you can save yourself money and time from going to the hairdresser’s and cut your own hair. Create a long, layered look that will have everyone wondering how you get your hair to become so gorgeous. Of course, this will take time and practice.

To get started, all you need are a few hair clips, a hair tie, a wide-tooth comb, two mirrors and a pair of scissors. It is best that you do this in the bathroom, facing a large mirror, while using a handheld mirror so you can inspect your hair cutting as you go along. You should use a small pair of scissors to retain better control of your work. Remember, smaller trims means smaller chances of making mistakes. A small mistake is easier to fix than a big one.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind

Before we begin, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Patience! Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, your lovely locks will not be cut in one swift swoop. Especially if this is your first time, you should cut in small little increments. Hence, the need for a small pair of scissors.
  • Timing. If you have something important coming up very soon, such as a job interview, it’s best to put off cutting your own hair until later if it’s your first time. Save the experimentation for another time.
  • Be inspired. Before whipping out the scissors, check out some celebrities whose style and hairstyle you admire. Looking at their 'do can inspire you to create your own hairstyle in a similar fashion and to see how the shape their hair is structured.

Steps to a Fantastic Hairstyle

Let’s begin!

You may be wondering whether you should cut your hair dry or wet. If you are new to the art of hair cutting, it’s better to leave it dry so that you can see your progress as you go along. Wet hair shrinks as it dries, and is more difficult to brush off as you trim, impairing your view of your work.

  1. Decide how long you want your final hair length to be. To your armpits? Mid-shoulder? Or to your shoulder? It’s up to you.
  2. Comb your locks out thoroughly, starting with the ends and working your way up to avoid snags.
  3. Divide your hair into four sections: firstly, part them in the middle so that there are two sections. Then, using a comb, comb through the front part of the hair on the right side to the back and clip it up, leaving a thinner portion of hair at the back down. Repeat the same for the left side. There should be four sections – two pinned up on each side, and two left down on both sides.
  4. Starting with one side, comb through the front portion of your locks that are not clipped up and hold onto it between two fingers so that the ends are lying spread out. Using a pair of scissors, point the scissors upward and cut upwards. Cut some of the pieces slightly shorter, and others longer. Do not perform a blunt cut (which involves cutting straight across) since we want a layered look. Even if you want to cut your hair a lot, say 4 inches, once you cut your hair blunt it is difficult to fix any mistakes. It is better to spend more time cutting small layers than to try to save time cutting straight across. Cut only 1 to 3 centimeters at a time.
  5. Repeat step 4 for a front portion of the strands on the other side of your head.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your locks on both sections are at their desired length, continuously working your way to the hair in the back. With each strand of hair that is farther back from your face, the length should be slightly longer. The strands should cascade downwards slightly from the face. Face the mirror and work with your current strand at the front so that you can angle your scissors correctly and see your progress. Bring strands from both sides together to ensure they are around the same length.
  7. Once you are satisfied with the cut, tie the hair from both sides into a low ponytail and leave it in the back.
  8. From the strands that are clipped up to the top of your head, let them down on both sides except for the strands that form the frame of your face. The front strands should be twisted and clipped up.
  9. Once again, repeat steps 4 to 6, cutting only small increments at a time and alternating between each side. These portions of locks should be around similar lengths, if not incrementally shorter than the previous portion of hair that is tied in a ponytail.
  10. Once you are satisfied with the cut, undo your ponytail and bring the back locks to the front to join the rest of the hair in the front.
  11. Using your fingers, shake out all your locks so that it is in its natural form (the front strands should still be clipped up at this time).
  12. Make any small trimmings as needed, once again cutting with the scissors facing upward for a feathered, layered look.
  13. Move your hair to the back, and let down the front part of your strands from the clips.
  14. Comb the front strands together in front of the face and cut upward at slight varying lengths. The front strands should be shorter than the rest of the strands in the back to gently frame the face.
  15. Bring some of the hair from the back to the front to compare the front hair lengths and trim again if necessary.
  16. Comb all of your hair to the back and use a handheld mirror and the bathroom mirror to see the back of your hair. Your hair may have a “V” shape. Smooth this out by bringing the hair to the front in two even sections and cutting the longer hairs at an angle. Repeat this step until the hair is a rounded shape at the back.

You’re done!

If you like, you can check your hairstyle the next day to see whether any small trimmings are needed.



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