The Biggest Problem with Cutting Your Own Hair (and How You Can Fix It)

The Biggest Problem with Cutting Your Own Hair (and How You Can Fix It)

Whether you cut your hair to save on the salon fee, or simply enjoy a wine-fueled DIY haircut, you can relate to the horror stories of disastrous hack jobs. The truth is, you still need a date with your stylist. However, paying up to $60 for a haircut might not be an option. If a haircut is outside your budget, then it’s time you learned a few tricks on fixing DIY haircut problems.

Cutting hair is not just about arming yourself with a pair of sharp scissors and driving them around the head. When you decide to cut your hair to a certain length, you need to take a few factors into consideration. These considerations include the shape of your face and the length of hair that you want. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up cutting one side shorter than the other, or leave patches on your head. That’d just the kind of worst case scenario I’m helping you to avoid.

If you’re an experimental person who wants to try trending hairstyles, it’s crucial that you consult with a professional hairdresser. Only they can give you solid advice on cuts that will work for you and those that won’t. Getting professional advice is the best way to access knowledge of the best trends that will work with your type. In addition to being able to cut your hair properly, a pro hair stylist will advise you on products that help your hair grow and maintain its luster. Take that knowledge home with you for regular DIY haircut maintenance. Avoid that hair walk of shame. Keep reading to discover foolproof methods of cutting your own hair.

Never Go From Long to Short

A regular haircut is necessary to freshen your tips and eliminate those unsightly split ends. You’ll also smooth and re-sculpt a style that has grown out of its shape. If you are not a pro stylist, you can dye your long hair, or relax it. However, cutting long hair is very tricky. When you pull your long hair forward to cut it short, it leaves you with either horribly short hair, or uneven ends.

A Micro-Trim Can Mean Disaster

We all know by now that trimming the barest minimum your hair’s dry ends every six weeks will keep your mane from splitting from the hair shafts and help it grow healthily. For a micro-trim to work, especially when your straight, curly or afro hair feels dry, dull, straw-like, frizzy and rough you only need to cut about a half inch to an inch, nothing more.

Cut Hair According to Face Shape

Knowing the shape of your face is essential; especially for a DIY haircut because this can help you choose a style or length that will accentuate your best facial features. You either have one of six face shapes: round, square, long or oblong, heart, diamond, or oval. For example; side-swept bangs are ideal for heart-shaped faces because they tend to draw more attention to the eyes and cheekbones. Those with a square-shaped face have strong, angular jawlines that photograph very well, you may want to play down a strong jawline with either curls and shags, or super-short edgy, or layered bob cuts.

DIY Haircut Using the Right Tools

If going to the hairdresser every six weeks is not your cup of tea, consider investing in the right hair cutting pro-level tools; because you know better than to use kitchen or office scissors on your split ends. Chopping your own hair at home would certainly save you time and money; but to achieve the exactness your hair requires you will need precision cutting, tension, elevation, and sub-sectioning tools to create exact edges that are elegant.

Cut Dry or Wet Hair?

The easiest way to get clean, precise lines is to cut your hair when it’s wet; especially for thinner, straighter hair. For thick, coarse or textured hair, cutting it dry will allow to see how it falls and give you room to touch up any uneven parts.

Have we left off an important tip? If so, tell us below! And, if this helped you, we’d love for you to comment below and share it with your friends!


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  1. Carol Conlin

    I am a hair stylist and I totally understand wanting to save money as I too am trying to get out of debt! In my opinion not a good idea! It would be better to get a professional cut and go less often. If you want to save then just get it cut a few times a year, and really do go to a good stylist. If you cut corners thinking you will save by going to a “Super Cuts ” then that is a mistake also. You would be better cutting it yourself!

    So my advice is get the professional hair cut but less often.

  2. Tara Jo

    Great article.
    I am searching for tips on cutting my own hair. I have been to the salon many times and almost always came out being semi-satisfied; except for the glorious five years I was dedicated to my stylist. She was great! She has since moved and I’m back on my own for the last three years. My hair is long from the winter and every time I head outside I end up putting it up because of the heat. So I need a cut that I can still put up; but also not too hot when it’s down. I have cut my own hair several times; but all times, it has turned out successful, but not quite right. I have thin and fine hair with a very slight, barely there, but enough to annoy you, wave. Curls just don’t hold EVER, so the cut needs to be wash and nearly ready to wear for it to work and take me into the winter again because my hair grows slowly. I can wash and wear or straighten it. Those are really my only options, unless I’m putting it up. I read your article from 2014, and I usually follow this regimen too. But the follow up touch ups tend to go on forever. I think maybe because of my slight wave. Do you have advice for me on the best solutions if you have wavy hair and also how to cut the side swept bangs? I get a serious case of fly-aways from the humidity here in the mid west.

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hi Tara, thank you for your question. If your hair has a wave, but cannot hold a curl is probably because it’s very healthy hair and the shaft is in good condition. You need a little bit of “damage” for the hair to hold texture, and maybe that not what you want right now if you want to keep it low maintenance.
      If you are determined to cut your own hair, get a good pair of scissors that are used only for hair, cut the hair always dry and straighten and think in taking millimetres at the time. Not inches, but millimetres, especially on your bangs.
      This is only a start, don’t get a radical change when you are just learning.
      Let us know how it goes!


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