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Step away from the scissors. At least until you read this post. I know cutting your own hair is so tempting right now (or maybe you’ve just been looking for an excuse). While you will not be able to achieve top salon-quality results, you should be able to do a decent job to get you through until you can get back into a salon. Cutting your own hair is time-consuming and is not something you can do well without some preparation. So, put down the scissors, settle in, finish this post, and watch the videos at the bottom.
First, who should cut their own hair? People, like me, who are not super attached to their hair. You know it’s going to grow back and if it has to live in a messy bun for a month so be it. Who should not cut their own hair? People, like my mother, who are super attached to their hair and it would be the end of the world if this didn’t go well. If that’s you, just don’t do it. Just wait. Find a way to style your hair that works for you until this is all over and you can get back to the salon. Also, people with short hair, super thick hair, or super curly hair should proceed with caution. Cutting your own hair is easiest when your hair is longish (past your shoulders), straightish, and a reasonable thickness. My hair is very thick, but it is also very fine and that worked in my favor. It just took forever.
I cut my own hair in August 2019 and then cut my sister’s hair in September. I didn’t do this because I was quarantined at home (Spring 2020) and couldn’t get to a salon, but because I’m a mom with a toddler whose husband works away a month at a time. It had been WAY too long since my hair had been cut. I think December 2018 was the last time it had been cut. Eek.
When I decided to cut my own hair, I do what I do. I researched the subject exhaustively and, as I do, found some really great resources worth sharing. Allow me to save you the time I spent watching a lot of really bad YouTube videos and just share with you the three you need to succeed at cutting your own hair.
Surprisingly enough, they are all from the same YouTuber. Brad Mondo. He is not someone I would typically watch on YouTube (mild language and a little over the top), but he knows what he is talking about when it comes to hair. Particularly cutting your own hair! He has made three videos on the subject that you must watch before you pick up those scissors. I will link the videos at the bottom of this post. Go ahead and just skip to them if you want, but I will explain what is in each video and why you should watch each of them. Plus, a few of my own tips and the required tools.
If by some chance you read this, I am sorry for using your content for a post. I was going to just share your videos on Pinterest to help women out, but I felt that all three were critical and didn’t know how to get that across without a post. Forgive me?
The first video is a reaction video where Brad reacts to other YouTubers cutting their own hair. He watches at home DIY haircuts and explains why they went wrong (or right). This is super helpful. It helps you avoid a lot of the common mistakes women make when cutting their own hair. Brad explains haircutting theory and helps you understand what needs to happen to get it right.
This was the best video I watched before I cut my own hair. He hadn’t posted his two others yet. My haircut turned out pretty well. It took a long time, but I got there in the end and was pretty happy with it. Definitely not a salon cut, but just fine for a mom who mostly wears her hair in a bun.
In response to the COVID-19 quarantine of Sping 2020, Brad decided that since a lot of women were going to try to cut there own hair during this time that he would do a video on how to do it well. I wish this video had been available before I cut my hair. It is really well done. He does his best to eliminate the shortcomings of other methods. It is super helpful! I think it would have saved me a lot of time too.
He doesn’t stop there. Next, Brad made a video where he reacts to women using his tutorial to cut their own hair. How awesome is that? He was able to address the misunderstandings of these women that you might have too. Don’t get excited and skip this one. It is important.
I do have a few tips of my own.
1. Make sure you have plenty of time to devote to cutting your hair. Wait for the kiddos to go to sleep at bedtime. Do not try to attempt this during nap time.
2. Don’t go too short. The first time you cut your hair, place your rubber bands (you’ll understand when you watch the videos) about an inch or more below where you think they should be. You can always go shorter, but you can’t put that hair back on after it hits the floor. I also think it turns out a little shorter than you think it will anyway.
3. Have the right tools. DO NOT attempt to cut your hair with regular scissors. You only really need 4 things: scissors, rubber bands, clips, and a comb. I swiped scissors and a comb from my husband’s box with his clippers. I had a few hair rubber bands and clips already. If you don’t have these things, a quick Amazon order can take care of this issue. I’ll even do the work for you and find the best reviewed/priced options.
Here ya go:
Cutting your hair may be a one-time quarantine activity for you or you may be like me and just struggle to get to a salon (I did finally get to one in March). Either way, this method is going to bring you the best results.
There you have it. The three, and only three, videos you have to watch before you cut your hair yourself.
Did you watch them? Ok, then take a deep breath and pick up those scissors. You’ve got this!
Let me know in the comments if you decided to cut your own hair and if you did how it went!
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