Although for many of us, an end to a lot of the restrictions and a return to normal life seems like it may be on the horizon, you may not want to wait any longer to go to the salon to sort your hair. Unless you are a man and just want to shave your hair short, there is a lot that can go wrong with a pair of scissors and some other hair-dressing tools in the wrong, inexperienced hands.
While most hairdressers would suggest you avoid it, we know there will be many people out there who will still insist on having a go. That is why we want to give you some handy tips to help make those DIY haircuts and styles more of a success.
Buy a Good Quality Pair of Hair Styling Shears
First things first, before you take anything sharp to your hair, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Don’t bother trying with your crafting scissors or even those super-sharp kitchen scissors. Not only should you be concerned about cross-contamination, if the edges are not quite sharp enough, but they can also cause split ends. It is best to invest in a good quality pair of hair-cutting scissors. This is the first step to having any kind of success with your DIY haircutting and styling adventures.
Don’t Cut As Much As You Think You Should
Have you ever heard the phrase “measure twice, cut once” in relation to DIY and woodwork? The same kind of principle applies when you are cutting your own hair. Remember, you can always cut more off your hair when you need to, but you can’t replace anything you have already cut off. So, tread carefully. You need to also remember that when you are cutting wet hair, it will be shorter once it is dry.
Work the Hair Texture That is Natural
If you have wavy or curly hair, cut at the hair when the strands are dry so you will have a good idea of what your hair is going to look like in the end. However, if your hair is straight, you need to cut it when it is slightly damp or wet to get sharper and cleaner lines.
Approach Cutting Your Hair In Segments
The best way to cut your hair is to do it in segments, sectioning off hair from the front to the back and then splitting your back hair into two sections, from one ear to the other. There is less hair involved so managing it is easy. Make sure you cut your hair into clean lines and the same amount for each section.
Trim the Ends
Part the hair centrally across your shoulders, splitting the hair into 2 sections and pull it forwards over your shoulders. On one side, pull the full length straight between two of your fingers with a good amount of tension, although don’t pull it at an angle. Using scissors points, snipping into hair ends. Make sure your head is straight and then do the same on the other side and make sure they match.
Ideally, you should wait until you can go to the salon, but the tips above will help you to have a measure of success doing it yourself.