If we told you we knew how you could cut your own hair at home, what would you say? True, it might sound like a recipe for disaster, but it doesn't have to be that way. Sometimes you're in desperate need of a salon visit, but things are looking bleak until payday. Or maybe you really fancy going all Edward Scissorhands on yourself. Either way, help is at hand—we’ve asked the team at Headmasters to give us a comprehensive guide on how to cut your own hair at home, and despite the fact that they’d really still like you to occasionally pop in and see them, they’ve kindly obliged.
First, though, it’s important to know that you should start small in the cutting-your-own-hair department. “If you’re tempted to go for a style transformation or a major shape change, this should always be done by a professional,” says Headmasters Artistic Ambassador Gareth Williams. Noted.
So what can we do if we just want one of those trim things? We've broken it down for you below, whether you want to get rid of split ends or you're in need of a fringe trim. Keep scrolling for expert tips on how to cut your hair at home.
Tidying up split ends is something we can try our hand at, and Gareth has given us an easy-to-follow guide on how.
1. Simply take a two-centimetre section of hair from around the front, and twist the hair really tight. You will start to see little pieces of hair stick out.
2. Lightly trim these pieces with scissors to remove unwanted split hair to keep it looking fresh.
3. You would only be able to do this at the front, so you might need a salon visit to tidy up the rest.
4. Remember not to get carried away. (We can’t help thinking point four is key.)
If you’ve already had your fringe styled in salon but want to tidy it up between cuts, here’s how:
1. Blow-dry hair, and style as normal. This is a safety precaution, as hair tends to look a little longer when wet, so once it's dry it could look like you have taken too much off.
2. Position yourself, hairdressing scissors and cutting comb at hand, in front of a mirror with plenty of room and good light.
3. For a full fringe, comb the hair from the underneath, keeping it as close to your face as possible (this is to ensure an even finish), and leave about a centimetre between the comb and the ends.
4. Angle the scissors slightly to help reduce the length and weight and “point cut” the ends of the fringe, following the shape your stylist did on your last appointment.
5. To point cut, use the last centimetre of the scissors and finely chop into the hair. Be cautious, and do this millimetre by millimetre, constantly checking in the mirror and repeating the process to make sure you don't take too much off.
6. For a side fringe, follow the same steps as above, but rather than combing the hair downwards, comb in the opposite direction of where the fringe normally sits.
7. Then, following the previous shape your stylist created, point cut the ends.
This guide is also from the team at Headmasters (thanks guys), and if you’re feeling a little less than confident, remember you can always pop in for a free fringe trim.
A final word of warning from Gareth: “Trained professionals make their job look easy because they have been trained to do it, so always seek professional advice. All too often people make mistakes on their own hair (cut and colour), and the future cost of correcting it is much higher. We offer free consultations at any of our branches, so speak to a stylist about any advice on colour and cut to suit your face shape.”
We’ve got it, Gareth. Scissors at the ready—we’re going in.
Still don't want to do it yourself? Check out the 45 short hairstyles that will persuade you into the salon.