Thursday, March 9, 2017

I Cut My Own Hairs! Wanna See?

Cutting Your Own Hair:

Pros:

- Cheaper

- Faster (ish)

- Shirt & shoes NOT required 
(Or pants, for that matter. Ah thank you verra much. [EYEBROW WAGGLE])

- No awkward chit-chat
   ...unless maybe your husband walks in while your head's between your knees and you have no pants on

- No leaving the house

-Zero pressure to buy the latest Sea Salt Pomade Whip Oil and Detangling Serum for the low low price of are you kidding me that's just saltwater mixed with olive oil

- Perfect for those 3AM "I'm bored and this hair is HEAVY" moments

Cons:

- The cats WILL try to help

- You'll be cleaning tiny hairs off every surface of the bathroom for the next 6 weeks

- It is REALLY straight? The world may never know.

- "Oops."

- "I meant to do that."

- "That'll brush out."

- "IT'S NOT BRUSHING OUT."

- The 19-year-old supermodel on Youtube makes this look WAY easier than it is


Anyhoo, here's my blurry "Before":
 Heaviest and longest I think it's ever been, because laaaazzzyyyy.

And my slightly-less-blurry "After," with bonus bathroom calisthenics to get that back shot:
It's so much lighter and bouncier now, and I swear I took 4-5 inches off the length, though you'd never know looking at this.

Anyway, I would never presume to give you guys hair tips, because any prettiness here is 90% genetics, but since I get some FAQs any time I show my hair, here's the breakdown: 

- I use the cheapest Suave shampoo, rarely condition, & never heat style or blow-dry.

-  I wash my hair twice a week, rub a teensy bit of Moroccan oil through the middle & ends, then let it air dry in 2 twisted rope braids overnight. 

- I don't own a hairbrush; I only use a giant wide-toothed comb. 

- You can see I have some frizz, so I occasionally spritz with Zero Frizz Quick Fix to tamp that down. It's no miracle-worker, but it smells nice, and you can find it at Walmart. :D

If you're curious about the cut, I use the ponytail in front method while my hair is damp, point-cut, then blended with thinning shears. I do two layers plus my bangs, which I brush back/to the side.  

If you want to try cutting your own hair - well first, GO YOU! - and I recommend watching LOTS of Youtube tutorials first, just to see what looks feasible for you. Some make it ridiculously complicated, so start with the one-cut in front and go from there. Remember thinning shears are your friend - they blend layers beautifully. 

Oh, and if you have stick-straight hair, then use extreme caution; believe me, I'm VERY lucky to have a natural wave to hide any mistakes, since I've made a whopper or two over the years. (Hats and ponytails can ALSO be your friend. Hee.)


Any other DIY hair cutters out there? If so, any tips? I'll be honest, I've been cutting my own hair for the last 4-5 years, but I do still struggle with my middle layers. So lay 'em on me, hair gurus!

61 comments:

  1. I'm super impressed (and a little jealous). As someone with stick-straight hair (and no layers) cutting my own hair is not even close to tempting.

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    1. Same. I would mess it up so badly and have to get a professional cut anyway XD I do my own bangs in between salon visits, though. That's pretty easy, and I wear them side-swept so mistakes don't show much.

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  2. Your hair is faboo! I would never be brave enough to cut my own hair.

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  3. Can you explain a little more what a twisted braid is? I follow a similar regime, have had semi-wavy hair since my son was born (thanks, pregnancy hormones! woo!), and LOVE how you have yours styled. If the overnight dry in a braid is doing it, I want to know more. I hate blowdryers.

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    1. You know, I may not be calling it the right thing, hang on.. [google google]- AHA, it's called a rope twist. Here's a tutorial, it's super easy.

      I'll go amend that in the post now, so thanks for asking!

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    2. Ah! Thank you! Essentially, you make your hair into ropes. (I'm a yarn spinner, so this makes complete sense to me.)

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  4. Being completely unconcerned with fashion, I have cut my hair on my own several times. The first time though was the worst. I had not idea what I was doing, I just wanted a bunch of length gone. I slipped my hair into a regular high ponytail. I grabbed my shears and my tail and *snip* cut off half of the tail. It looked great so long as I kept it in a ponytail, but when I let it down all I had were two layers of hair with a very distinct line in the middle.

    Found out later about the throw your head up-side-down thing and I have been trimming my own hair since. I only take a couple of inches because I am trying to grow it out. I just get out of the shower and brush my hair over hanging up-side-down then cut a straight line across. No ponytail and no fuss. I get perfect layers every time despite having stick-straight and thin hair.

    I dream of thick wavy hair like yours girlfriend.

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  5. you picked your parents well...great hair!

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  6. yass! I have been cutting my own hairs for a few years. i only went to a stylist when i wanted to add bangs because i didn't want to mess it up. i went from long layers like yours to a short a-line bob now.
    same method, ponytail just at very nape of neck instead of unicorn horn at top of head. i then have to have my mister straighten up the neck though as the very bottom will be longer from being pulled into the tail and i can't see/reach good enough.

    it only takes like 5 minutes!

    photos:
    original self cut

    with bangs (took a picture of Tina Fey from 30 Rock (the Oprah episode) to the stylist, i think it looked pretty good)



    my self cut bob

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  7. you have the most fabulous hair. I have very thin, very fine, poker straight hair. I hate it. No body, no volume and if i even think of a) not washing daily and/or b) using moroccan oil...or any oil, I look like I've just been swimming. seriously. It's gross. I tried the no 'poo thing and it just doesn't work for me. I've tried the dry shampoo thing and it mostly doesn't work for me. Anyway, well done, genetics. And excellent self hair cutting skillz.

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    1. I have the same kind of hair, plus it's prematurely grey. Have you tried Suave's sea mineral shampoo & conditioner? Really works for me! Gives my hair a little oomph, not heavy or drying, and way cheap!

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    2. I second the Suave Sea Mineral Shampoo for super fine hair.

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    3. How does it work on curls? Does it have salt in it like those salt sprays?

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  8. I cut my bangs but I'd never dare to try further because I have A LOT of very thick hair that even several hairdressers don't know how to cut well.

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  9. Your hair is beautiful!

    I've been cutting my own hair for a good chunk of my life, but I have long straight hair which is super easy as there are no curls or waves to make parts "shrink up". It's just a straight cut.

    I just do the flip over and snip method. When I'm in the mood for layers I flip sections of my hair forward, snip, and then pull to the side with a band while I work on the next layers (clawed hair clips are great for holding back the uncut sections). When I had really short hair I always needed someone to help trim up the very back, so for super short hair a buddy might be needed for those hard to reach spots.

    The advice I always give for those who inquire how to cut their own hair after finding out I cut my own hair is:
    1. Don't worry it will grow back. Worst case you wear a hat or pull your hair back the next day and make an appointment to have it cut. Any mistakes you can just act like it is on purpose. Heck people used to pay for angled cuts that were longer on one side than the other, and they wore those cuts with pride.
    2. Before cutting take a lawn trash bag opened up and lay it flat down under your cutting area, it is way easier to clean up the hair when all you have to do is lift the edges of the bag to get the hair in the center and fold/roll/turn bag inside out (turning bag inside out takes a little practice to not have hair fall off the bag in the process).
    3. Use sharp scissors. I have a pair of small sewing scissors (I think they are called thread scissors) that I use.
    4. Cut your hair when it is wet (not damp, not dry) as it makes less of a mess. Dry hair clippings get everywhere. You may need a spray bottle near by full of water to re-wet areas as you work. Hair shrinks as it dries so don't compare the length of a dry/damp portion with a wet portion of hair.

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  10. I've been cutting my hair since I was 16 because I have fragile skin and hairdressers always pulled my hair and the shop stinks and the whole thing just caused pain and nausea but I can't deal with long hair.

    I didn't have youtube back then and I have very fine, straight hair and not much of it but I've never regretted it. I had shoulder length hair for a long time then I had a chin length bob and recently I went short and then a Mohawk.

    I also cut my girlfriend's hair. She has so much more of it so I can do styles that my hair just wont.

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  11. Oh man I love your hair! I usually cut my own hair, as well as my husband's.

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  12. I have been cutting my own hair for the past couple years, as well as my husband's for the past seven years. There's a lot of trial and error. I also have wavy hair, so mistakes are pretty well hidden. I always use a ponyntail cut but I clip the end with the clippers I use on my husband's hair. It's way easier than hacking through my thick hair with scissors. Also, placing the ponytail at different places on your head will change the layers.

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  13. i cut my own too. i don't like layers, so i pull mine into a low ponytail at the base of my neck, pull the elastic down to the level i want to cut, and then hack off the end as straight as i can. then i let the ponytail out, snip away any long strands, and voila! blunt cut that's shorter in the back than in the front. i've been growing out my bangs, so i have some 90s framing pieces going on in the front right now after snipping the uneven remains of my bangs about 4 inches shorter than everything else, but i don't mind. they're cute. and so 90s. :P

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  14. Woo for 3 AM chop sessions! Salon chit chat is the worst, especially when they try to sell you fancy things. I use Aussie conditioner and aloe vera gel and get way more compliments than the $40 “It’s a 10” ever got me, so there.

    I have crazy, thick, curly hair that I recently started cutting on my own. It took me yeeeeears to find a stylist who knew what she was doing with my hair (dry cuts, no layers) and then I went and moved 400 miles away. Heh. So, after many hours of research and YouTube tutorials, I’m finally confident enough to cut it myself. As for self-cutting tips, I will say: 1. use good scissors and 2. GO SLOW. Both are so, so hard when you're looking in the mirror and you just want to grab the nearest sharp thing and chop it all off. But, well, you can take it off, but you can’t put it back on! Cut off a bit at a time if you're just starting out, come back the next day or after the next wash if you need to.

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  15. Your hair is beautiful and you did an amazing job with your haircut!!

    I've been cutting my hair since 2008. I've just been putting it into a ponytail on the top of my head and pulling up, but I've always had to go back and touch things up. I look forward to trying the ponytail in the front. And the second elastic on the hair as a guide is a genius idea! So thank you for sharing that link! I agree that having wavyish hair helps cover up unevenness. But I still want to learn how to get it straight in the back and then have nice layers. I'm going to try this as well as some of the tips above in the comments!

    I will have to try this on my daughter as well. She has super straight hair and I always struggle to get the line straight. She likes having it all one length, but I'll show her the video and see if she wants to try some layers. I always end up taking off a bit more than planned because I have to keep going back and forth to even it up. *blush* She is only 11, but I know this will matter more to her as she gets older.

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  16. I had no idea your hair was so long - it's gorgeous! I'm terrible with hair cutting. I had to do it with my kids out of desperation when we were in the middle of a lice situation (it was BAD) and I was trying to do ANYTHING I COULD to make the comb-outs easier. Then there was another time I trimmed my hair a little because I had gotten my hair cut in an angled bob, where it's longer in the front and shorter in the back, but that had been growing out for like 1.5 years because I can almost never justify paying for a hair cut, and so I trimmed up the front ends to make them more even with the rest of my hair because the front was getting crazy long and annoying. I cannot cut hair worth a darn. None of it was even close to even. My hair didn't look too bad because at the time it was long and wavy like yours, but my poor girls ... theirs didn't look so nice and I had to go to a salon and have them fix it a week or two later.

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  17. I have naturally 'ringlet' kinda curly, curly hair, so it's VERY forgiving when you mess it up. ( notice I said WHEN, not if ;) ). I still go to the hairdressers every now and then, but usually only when I want to change up my style. The top-back is my nemesis, but that's because it's currently shortish and so is being ignored until it grows enough to hide my booboos lol

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  18. If your hair tends to very frizzy, beware the thinning shears! They can make the frizz so much worse. Something I learned, umm, from a friend, yeah, from a friend...

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  19. I almost always cut my own hair, but I typically keep short hair, because my hair is so thick and heavy. However, my hair isn't as gorgeous and wavy as your's! OMG!!!! Your hair is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. I used to do my husbands hair as well as my own. He would use his fingers as a guide and I would use the trimmer to cut where he selected. He had super thick wavy hair so he would just randomly run his fingers through his hair and stop in a spot and I'd cut the hair that was sticking up between his fingers and we'd repeat until it looked good all the way around. The trimmer was good for cleaning up around his ears too so he didn't have sideburns. For me I'd just gather it all, hack off the length I wanted (while it was wet) and then brush it out and trim as needed. I am lucky to have a bit of wave too so I didn't have to be super even everywhere.

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  21. I don't cut my own, but I cut my husband's. He begged me to years ago because he couldn't find someone who would cut it the way he wanted. Our son was about 4 at the time, so I practiced on him, knowing a four year old with crooked hair is still cute.

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  22. Jealous of that hair :)
    Mine is just brittle and gives up after so long so it only grows so much.
    And I'm a sucker for all those hair serums and can't brush it without a ton of conditioner in it lol.

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  23. Holy shamoley you have some gorgeous mermaid hair!

    My hair frizzes at the thought of humidity! Super jealous of your flowing locks

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  24. I've been cutting my curly hair myself for years. I started in high school because the stylists my mom took me too always cut too much off. I have had my hair "professionally" cut once as an adult when I got a trim before my ten year reunion. I also dropped using most typical hair products. I shampoo rarely (like a couple times a month tops) and use straight coconut oil as a conditioner a couple times a week. The rest of the time I just rise and massage my scalp in the shower. Since switching to this regimen, I have been able to drop styling products completely- no need for a ton of mousse to control frizz. And all the reasons you list are also reasons I don't bother with salon appointments, although I have learned not to cut my hair when I am bored or frustrated. Bad things happen.

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  25. Okay I have been inspired!! My hair is similar length and waviness to Jen's before photo so I figure I have nothing to lose. Worst case scenario I go back to wearing it in a bun as I have been doing for years anyway LOL

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  26. So envious! My hashis/hypo has always created thin hair issues for me. Plus the strands are fine; curls are my only saving grace. I'd kill to have thick beautiful hair! :P

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  27. I've cut my own hair a few times when I've been travelling, but the only one worth talking about was the first time I was living in Tanzania. It was so hot and I got tired of having long, heavy hair I had to put up every day, so I cut my middle-of-my-back hair into a chin-length bob... with the scissors on my Swiss Army knife!

    If I had wavy/curly/etc hair, I'd be tempted to cut it myself. But with poker straight (and usually short) hair, it's better to let someone else handle it.

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  28. Wowsers, do you ever have beautiful hair. Ugh, curls, I want them.

    I have very straight, slightly thin hair. I've been cutting it myself for quite a few years and haven't managed to mess it up too bad (including at 4:00 this morning...). It does look better after it grows out a bit, though, as the ends tend to look blunt, even with some feathering. I mostly live in pony tails anyway, so no big deal to me.

    My hair doesn't look the best with the "pony tail" layer look (maybe this video would yield a different effect, though). I usually part it down the middle, and trim the ends in "pigtails." Makes the back slightly longer than the front, but overall pretty much the same length. Works for me. *shrug*



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  29. My hair is as straight as it comes so, Jen, I am very jealous of your genes. But I have cut my own hair twice now because I can't stomach spending money on something that will grow right back. I also wear my hair up 29 days out of 30 so mistakes are easily hidden.

    Also; what kind of scissors do you use?

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    1. Embarrassingly enough I just used sharp regular scissors for this, but I've since purchased some hair shears for next time!

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    2. Thanks! I'd bought some cheap shears that didn't last very long and have since switched back to a small pair of regular scissors. I'm sure trained professionals are cringing.

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  30. When I had my hair long and wanted to trim it, I would brush it all into a ponytail at the top of my forehead and then trim the ponytail. It gave it a nice shape and I could see what I was doing.

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  31. I remember curling my hair as it dried 45 years ago. Wash it. Put it in a ponytail. Divide in 2 and pull each half alongside the neck and twist them in opposite directions. Sleep on your back with it split along the neck. Back then there were only bonnet hairdryers at home. No blowdryers.

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  32. After the at home bang cut my mom did the day before 8th grade prom all my temptations to do it myself get squashed by the memory. I ended up with bridge shaped bangs that I was convinced I would have to hide pinned up under a hat till I died of old age. I cried. To this day I can't think of anything as bad as those bangs. I have mostly straight hair. Even my own mother looked at her handiwork and was horrified. I don't think she ever regretted anything as instantly as she did my band haircut.

    All this to explain why the best laid plans of mom's and teens should probably be ifnored.

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  33. I first started cutting my own hair because my mom was terrible at it. That led to my 'cute shorter hair' years. I have a lot of hair and it's "bendy" (read: kinks and bends all over, but not what you'd call wavy). Recently I learned that if I go no-poo and "plop" my hair, than it looks almost as wavy as yours, though it's not real. So i realized I can wear my hair long and layered now. But i can't reach that far behind my head to cut it myself, so I've had to go back to paying for cuts (and all the grief that goes with that). I need to learn your method. Your haircut is basically my ideal goal.

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  34. Looks great! Your hair care regime is perfect (air dry, no brushing, washing 2x a week) Alas I need a professional as I have shorter hair (used to be as long as your pic 1) and lots of curl. Shorter I went, curlier it got!

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    1. Me, too! In 6th grade I convinced my parents to let me try bangs, which sprang up into big curly fluff ball. I had no idea my hair was that curly, ha! This was before flat irons, so I just had to live with it 'til it grew out. :D

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  35. I'm a chronic self-hair-cutter but I can't help you because my hair is never longer than shoulder-length! I do a lot of self-made pixies, undercuts, and bobs. The longest my hair gets naturally is just barely touching my shoulder blades.

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  36. You have really lovely hair and you did a great job cutting it! I would never bother with my own hair because I 1) truly don't care, B) don't mind the chit-chat at Great Clips twice a year, and III) my hair does no tricks without a lot of help anyway. Plus, I'm old as f*ck now (remember the line from Deadpool, "F*ck, you're old." I'm older than that.) so it doesn't really matter. My husband likes it, so it works for me.

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  37. I'll trim my own hair during 'grow out' periods, but usually just the bangs and then straight across the hairline at the back until all the old layers are even.

    My hair is curly, so also hides mistakes.

    Never, ever, let your college roommate cut your hair.

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  38. I'd like to do this. Would save me a lot of grief. (You want what again? What is that?)
    But I'd REALLY like to see video of the cats helping!!

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  39. I'm LOL at all the comments from people with "stick-straight" hair who envy your waves. Mine is exactly like yours (also prone to frizz), and has been since I hit puberty. I call mine a "wiggle" rather than a wave. How I long for the stick-straight days of my youth! The problem is that I have bangs, which ARE stick straight, so I have to fuss daily with flat-iron and hairspray to get them to blend in.

    Anyway, I've been cutting my own hair for a couple of years with this same method. I started with the ponytail thing and graduated to the Crea-Clip (actually, a cheap Chinese knock-off of the Crea-Clip), which works on the same principle except it spreads the hair out so you're not trying to saw through a thick rope of hair. I agree with the thinning shears; that or make tiny vertical cuts to soften the ends.

    I LOVE not having to sit through the awkward small talk, trying to politely decline the product push and having to pay for what 80% of the time is nothing like what I wanted! You'll notice on those YouTube tutorials that some hairdressers will chime in with what a "terrible" idea this is, but for me, it's all win-win. :)

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  40. I make part of my living cutting hair, so I have actual training in this. I know other stylists will say "don't do it", but in my humble opinion, they're wrong. I will be the first to tell you all that you CAN cut your own hair. There are a few tricks that can help, though.

    First, make sure your hair is wet, as in just-got-out-of-the-shower, let's-imitate-a-sprinkler-when-I-shake-my-head wet. You can simply dunk your hair to begin with or spritz it in a pinch; however, the absolute BEST way is to wash your hair, then cut.

    There's a reason stylists do this, and it has nothing to do with cutting gross hair. (although this is a good thing...) Shampoo/conditioner is designed to let the hair follicles slide over each other without sticking. This helps the cut be straight/even (depending on what style you go for).

    Second, comb, comb, comb it out! Let the shampoo/conditioner do their thing on the individual follicles so your hair won't pull back or be held cockeyed while you're cutting.

    Third, use your props so it's not a crazy wavy cut (unless that's what you're going for...)! A comb is a straight edge; so are your fingers when viewed from the side. Hold the comb/side-viewed fingers in place in your hair and cut along it. If you have wallpaper or a room that painted with horizontal stripes, hang your head on/next to the wall so the part you want to cut dangles below the top of a stripe. Then cut along the stripe.

    You can also use washable, spray-in color, like that used by sports fans, preteen girls, etc., but you may need a spotter for this one. Spray the color on the area below the length you want your hair to be. Then cut the color off. Or reverse the directions and keep only the colored part for some fun!

    You can make layers with these same methods, just pin/clip the other sections out of the way. Leave the section that will be slightly shorter than the one you are currently cutting down, though. You'll need this to make sure you're leaving more hair length than you did in the previous one.

    Finally, if you mess it up royally, you can wear cute hats, pin your hair differently, sweep it to the side, or find a stylist to fix it. Although it feels like the end of the world sometimes, hair does grow back, and it'll grow even quicker since you've removed the dead ends. Then you can try again if you want. You may actually find you like the craziness or that you've suddenly made a popular new style.

    In the words of Ms. Frizzle: Take Chances! Make Mistakes! Get messy!

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  41. I cut my own hair, too-- but it's stick-straight. Not very thin, not very thick. I always wore it long in a braid down my back in high school & college, but when I was pregnant with my first I decided I'd do the chop... Loved it, but holy expensive maintenance cuts. No thanks. Cut my own pixie one evening & it turned out great!! I love using a clipper, myself. I've also seen & tried using a regular leg-shaving razor-- It worked ok, but kind of slow & putzy. Like others have said, if you make a mistake, it'll grow out! Or you can just rock a buzz cut for a while. ;)

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  43. OMG, your hair is gorgeous! I'm too afraid to cut my own hair, except occasionally trimming off split ends from the end of the braid.

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  44. I learned how to cut my own hair when I was living in France - I didn't want to risk a misunderstanding with a hairdresser. Also, I have never been very comfortable at hair dressers - the scalp touching and the awkward conversations and staring at myself in the mirror and hoping they don't screw it up.... Now that I see I can do it myself for free and get exactly what I want, I'm never going back! My hair has an odd wave to it (it all waves one direction, so it tucks in on one side and flairs out on the other) so it's not terrible if I don't get it exactly straight. I usually wait until it gets a little dirty so it hangs straighter, then trim it dry-ish with the aid of a spritzer bottle to get a general length and shape. Once I've got that I wash it and trim it while it's wet to even out the edges, and then when it dries again I just make sure it looks good with its new wave. I cut it mostly from the front (which is how I wear it) but I also have a trick with a hair tie to make sure the back is straight. Voila! I get lots of compliments so I must not do too bad of a job! The first time was scary and took forever. I didn't want to tell anyone i did it myself (because I knew they'd look much closer than I wanted), but they wanted to know where I'd gone. I fessed up and then they were all pretty impressed so after that I didnt have as much trouble. Goes pretty quickly these days!

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  45. Your super cheap and ultra picky sister-in-law cuts and colors her own hair. No stylist can get my hair as white blonde as I like, and when they cut it, I always find 'places' they missed. So..... I bought a Flowbee! Best thing ever!

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  46. Your hair looks fantastic! Before and after the cut! Gorgeous!

    I got weird hair genes from my folks -- half mom's (curly spots) and half dad's (wavy spots). My hair can't decide what it wants to do; hence, most of my life in a pony tail or bun.

    -Zippy

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  47. I really want some thinning sheers now. My hair is so thick, I swear it regrenerates over night after a cut.

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  48. I cut mine at home. But I have an undercut and I'm letting the top grow out so basically I have my husband buzz down my short parts with his clippers every two or three weeks. :)

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  49. I love it! Your hair looks great and your simple care of it is perfectly fine - in the long hair community, that's called benign neglect. :)

    My hair is very long (butt length) and I like a blunt cut rather than layers (easier to do fancy buns!), so I use Feye's method - the U cut version, looking straight ahead. The longer the hair, the more painless this method is, unlike a salon cut. I used to have a trusted pro even it up once a year, but then I moved and haven't bothered. My hair isn't that wavy, but it's "suggestible" enough to take braid waves, so thanks for the reminder to try rope braid waves instead - yours are beautiful!

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  50. Pro tip for cleanup: lint roller!

    At our local Daiso we buy these giant ones that look like paint rollers ($1.50!) that we use to get cat fur off the... everything. And it works great for hair clippings too! My husband keeps one in his bathroom for after beard trimmings and I always have one under the sink for pesky hair cleanup (even long hair pieces don't sweep nicely).

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  51. 50+ comments later, I'm not reading. But, when I was younger and had hair as long as yours, I bent over in the shower, let the water pull it down from the nape of my neck and "pull it straight down, and then cut in a U shape. layers and no clean up.

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  52. Some things are best left to professionals (plumbers, electricians, hairstylists). However, I do groom my own Cocker Spaniel. Lemme tell ya, that takes some effort!

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