How to cut your own hair: The complete guide to getting it right

No, it doesn't involve a bowl

If your mum ever took to a pair of scissors and a bowl to give you a trim, we understand that the thought of cutting your own hair could be the last thing on your mind. And, admittedly, we’re loathe to tell you how to cut your own hair instead of making an appointment with your hairdresser.

‘I would never recommend cutting your own hair or fringe – regular Hare and Bone clients can receive complimentary fringe trims at our salon which takes seconds!’ says Sam Burnett, owner and Creative Director of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council Member.

That said, there are occasions when you simply don’t have the time (or the money!) to get your hair cut at the salon. You can still do the job yourself – very carefully – at home.

‘If it’s an emergency and you decide to trim your own fringe, make sure the hair is clean and dried in its natural texture and then, using good quality hairdressing scissors, trim with the points of the scissors holding them at a parallel angle to the direction of the hair flow.’

With those tips in mind, follow the below step-by-step guides from hairstylist Lee Stafford to get DIY haircutting right.

How to cut your own hair shorter

As this is a dry cut there is no need to wash your hair before you start. You must, however, ensure your hair is really smooth, especially if you have naturally frizzy hair because it can make the cut uneven.

  1. Tip your head upside down, brush your hair forward and gather it into a nice tight, smooth, secure ponytail that sits on your hairline in the centre of your forehead.
  2. Take a comb and measure from your hairline where you want your first layer to sit – this could be just below the cheekbones or the bottom of your chin, it is up to you.
  3. Hold your ponytail firmly, then take your hairdressing scissors and cut the hair in a straight line at the length you measured with the comb.
  4. Now that you have cut any excess length off you need to tip your head forward slightly and put the comb behind your hair.
  5. Hold your scissors pointing directly into the end of the pony tail and chip into the blunt ends. This will help give the hair a softer appearance and get rid of that blunt look. When you can’t see any more hard edges you know it’s time to stop.
  6. Pull off the hair band and shake your hair so it falls into place and style it as desired.

How to cut your own hair into a bob or lob

  1. Start by pulling your hair into a clean and neat ponytail at the back of your head, it needs to sit as tight as you can get it at the bottom of your hair line, right in the centre.
  2. Take your hairdressing scissors and cut straight across your ponytail, underneath the bobble. This will result in your hair dropping just on top of your shoulders. If you need to, you can look in a mirror and see where your hair will sit before cutting it.
  3. Your hair will now fall into a choppy, graduated lob, but can be a little blunt for some people.
  4. If you prefer something slightly softer then tip your head upside down so you are looking at the floor. Gently chip into the ends of your hair, holding your scissors at a 90 degree angle. This will create a softer, diffused line.
  5. Tip your head back over, shake it out and wear it poker straight or add some waves for movement.

How to trim your own fringe

  1. Firstly, section your hair (so you don’t include any hair your don’t want in your fringe) and pin it back away from your face.
  2. Then, using hairdressing scissors – this is really important, you will not be able to achieve the same look with household scissors, it will end up a mess – hold them at a 90 degree angle and gently chip into your existing fringe. This will thin out the hair, resulting in a light weight, natural fringe.
  3. Avoid cutting straight across your face because this will create a very blunt fringe, which can be difficult to correct later.

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