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If you are wanting to make a drastic hair transformation – leave that to the professionals. But a quick trim? This can be easy to do, and we all know that regularly tending to your split ends is crucial to hair growth. Look at our quick guide to DIY hair trims.
DIY haircuts can be an absolute disaster. Many of us will have a horror story to tell about a late-night, wine-fuelled fringe trim that ended up needing to be covered by a professional, or a clip-in fringe. It starts with a tiny snip, and another, and another, and before you know it, you have no hair. You find yourself grovelling at your hairdresser’s feet begging for forgiveness, vowing to never commit such a hair crime again. As someone who has been trimming her own hair for 5 years or so, I’d like to think I’m somewhat well versed in DIY trimming. (I also recently DIY’d an undercut and a fringe, not for the faint of heart) Trimming your own hair is actually pretty easy to do, and can save a few quid. I cannot condone such activities if you are wanting to make a drastic hair transformation – leave that to the professionals. But a quick trim? This can be easy to do, and we all know that regularly tending to your split ends is crucial to healthy hair growth along with a balanced diet.
Trimming your ends regularly will also keep them splitting up your hair shaft, ideally every 6 weeks or so for good upkeep. I consider a trim to be nothing more than about half an inch, an inch tops, and I can usually tell when it’s time to get it done, because the ends of my hair feel a bit coarse and dry and look a bit dull, they just don’t feel smooth – we all know that when your hair is behaving, everything else runs smoother, right?
Before you rush off and grab a pair of scissors, there are some things to consider when doing your own maintenance job on your hair. Here are some of the main factors to consider when cutting your own.
Investing in good tools if you plan to make cutting your own hair a regular part of your routine is essential – do not, I repeat, do not attempt to cut your hair with craft scissors, kitchen scissors or nail scissors. Things will not go well for you, and you may end up making things worse than when you started. Purchase some good quality hairdressing scissors, they really are worth the money. You can pick up a pair from your local salon supplies store, or there are some good online retailers that you can pick some up from.
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The idea of a trim is to take off the absolute minimum you can, so whatever method you choose, remember to do very small amounts at a time, and take it slow. You don’t want to chop off a massive chunk of hair only to find its two inches shorter than the other side of your head. Take as long as you want, and keep checking the mirrors to ensure its the style and length you are aiming for.
There is a tonne of articles and youtube videos on how to cut your specific hair type, whether it be long, curly, a bob, layers and bangs. Before you go in and hack at your hair, make sure you look into how to cut your specific hair type and length. For example, if you have longer hair, tying it up into a ponytail and flipping it forward to focus on the ends might be easier. For a bob, do two ponytails either side of your head and trim the very ends very slowly, with mirrors on hand to make sure the back is even. For curly hair, it might be better to cut wet than dry as your curl shape can be different every day, so cutting wet and combed out will ensure it is even. Bangs are best cut dry and straight, and again take your time!
Wherever possible, I get my other half to check my haircut and let me know where I need to trim to get it even, and especially now with an undercut which can be a pain to trim myself. Take the feedback on and don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially with a shorter style where you can’t get a ponytail over your head, because it can be a pain to get the back straight and even, despite having three mirrors. While it may take some practice, cutting your own hair is doable, and feedback will only help you perfect your craft.
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Tools you will need:
Regular trims will ensure your ends are kept healthy and will keep split ends at bay, which is crucial if you are growing out your hair. In addition, make sure you look after your hair with a good conditioner when it’s freshly cut. Investing in a good salon-quality hair masque will do your tresses wonders, and keeping those ends regularly in check with a leave-in conditioner once a week will ensure your hair is healthy and strong, and will, therefore, grow out stronger, longer, faster.
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