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How To Cut Your Own Hair: Step-By-Step Guide

How To Cut Your Own Hair: Step-By-Step Guide

You’re probably wondering why on earth you would cut your own hair. Saving money is one reason, but it’s not like getting a haircut every three months is particularly bank breaking. The truth is, you simply don’t need to visit a salon whenever you want a quick trim. Besides, nobody knows your hair as well as you do: you know the random natural curls that you just can’t seem to control; the birthmark on your head that you want to cover up; the products that actually do what they say on the tin – why trust somebody less knowledgeable?

As How To Hair Girl recommends, if you’re a beginner it’s probably best to start with a basic ponytail cut. While you may need a qualified hairdresser to give you a brand new style, this simple technique is perfect if you just want to keep your long hair under control.

Step One: Get your tools together

You need professional standard scissors, mirrors, clips and combs. Note the word professional! Old, blunt scissors won’t cut the mustard. You need a pair that are easy to handle and will deliver nice, clean cuts. Think of it as an investment. You’ll save a lot of money on haircuts in the future and this is virtually a one-time expense.

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Step Two: Prepare yourself…

Before you begin, make sure your hair is washed, conditioned and untangled. If you choose to cut your hair while it’s wet, that’s fine. But… don’t go too crazy! Combed wet hair is deceivingly long, so make sure you accommodate for a little shrinkage. If you choose to cut dry hair, straighten it beforehand to make it easier to handle.

Step Three: Section off your hair

Starting at the back, split your hair into sections. Clip two thirds of your hair on the top, leaving the remaining third free. Bring your hair to the front so you can see what you’re doing in the mirror.

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    Step Four: Start chopping!

    The longer your hair, the safer you are. Make small cuts first – you can always go shorter later. Cut as straight as possible. When you move on to the adjacent section, compare the length to ensure you’re making an even cut.

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      Step Five: Make a reverse ponytail and continue

      Brush forward the remaining two thirds of your hair into a reverse ponytail and cut your hair straight across. The more you cut off, the more extreme your layers will be. Once again, start small, cutting one inch at a time.

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        Step Six: Inspect and repeat (if necessary!)

        Use mirrors to check the front and back of your hair. Look out for any uneven cuts, and then trim down the excess accordingly. If you want to go shorter, repeat the entire process starting from step three.

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          Cutting your own hair takes practice. You must be willing to make mistakes – and pay the price with your self confidence! But, with enough determination, eventually you’ll get it exactly how you want it.

          Hairdressing is an art. It would be insulting to disrespect the profession by saying, “anyone can do it.” But it is a trainable skill. If you enjoy cutting your own hair, perhaps you’d enjoy cutting someone else’s. If you want to become a hairdresser, most apprenticeship programs take around 18 months to complete and will leave you fully qualified to pursue a new career.

          Cutting your own hair will help you develop confidence and manual dexterity; and best of all, you won’t have to worry about unhappy customers while you’re training! By learning how to cut hair, it’s a financially beneficial as you can work as a mobile hairdresser and build a strong word of mouth presence as well!

          Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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          Last Updated on September 15, 2020

          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

          4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

          Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

          Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

          Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

          We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

          Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

          1. Don’t Fight It

          I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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          Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

          Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

          If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

          If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

          2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

          Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

          One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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          The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

          Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

          If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

          Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

          3. Reframe Your Perspective

          Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

          Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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          Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

          4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

          Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

          As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

          Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

          Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

            Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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            One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

            To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

            Final Thoughts

            Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

            Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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