Wash and comb your hair. This will give you a more accurate cut. Consider leaving the conditioner in to make your hair easier to comb. Leave it wet until you know which method you want to use. # Decide what length your hair should be. You may want to tie this to some physical landmark, such as the chin, collarbone, etc. When you’ve decided how much hair you want to leave, note the length of the hair you want to take off; this will be important later when your hair is up and it’s difficult to gauge the length of what remains. # Find a pair of ”sharp” scissors. If you don’t have styling shears, fabric scissors will work very well. Do not use blunt or loose scissors, which can bend and damage your hair instead of cutting it. # Stand in front of a mirror. If possible, arrange two mirrors so that you can see both the front and back of your own head.
# Dry and comb your hair. The straighter you can comb it, the better. # Gather your hair to the top of your head as if you were making a ponytail. Be sure to bring it to not only the ”very top”, but also the center; otherwise, the layers will come out unevenly. Check your alignment in the mirror. #* It may help to bend over and flip your hair down while gathering it. # Twist your gathered hair as tightly as you can into a spiral. Make note of which direction you’ve twisted it. # Take your scissors and cut off the length of hair you noted in Step 2. The remaining hair will be uniform in length relative to the top of your head, but once you let it down, it will appear to be of many different lengths. # Let down your hair, comb it, re-gather it to the top of your head, and twist it in the opposite direction. Most of it should be uniform, but be sure to look for strays. # Snip off any stragglers.
# When satisfied, wash, dry, and style your hair as usual. Haircuts almost always look more finished once they’ve been properly washed.
# Towel-dry your hair so that it is damp and comb it. The straighter you comb it, the better. # Determine the length and location of your shortest layer.
# Separate the top layer of hair from the rest. An easy way to separate it from the rest is to run the point of your finger or the corner of a comb in a line around that layer of hair like an equator. Be sure to grab a thin amount, as you don’t want the layer to appear chunky. # Pin or clip the remaining hair down and out of the way. If it’s long, you might simply twist it and hang it over one shoulder. # Using your fingers as a guide, cut unevenly but naturally across the top layer. You might let it hang loose and cut it as you see it, using a mirror as a guide for the sides and back. Or, you might pull it upwards into a high ponytail and clip the ends above your head. #* For natural-looking unevenness, hold the scissors at an angle while snipping.
Make note of how much hair you have clipped so that you can compare the length to other layers. # When satisfied, pin or clip the top layer out of the way. # Separate a second layer of hair from the rest and trim as before. Make sure that you trim less hair than you did with the previous layer. # Pin or clip the second layer out of the way and continue separating and trimming lower layers as desired. # Release and blow-dry each layer. Do not worry about styling it, as the point of this step is to ensure that the cut looks good; releasing and drying each layer one at a time will give you a better sense of whether or not you need to make any adjustments. # When satisfied, wash, dry, and style your hair as usual. Haircuts almost always look more finished once they’ve been properly washed.
* If you don’t like it, just remember hair grows back!
*As they say in carpentry, “Measure twice, cut once.” It is safest to cut a bit longer than your mark, then re-cut to the mark. * Remove the hair to a wastebasket immediately afterwards. Don’t rinse it down the pipes; hair is tough on plumbing. *You may find that completely layered hair looks a bit too feathery at the ends for your liking. If this is the case, blunt the ends: ** In front of a mirror, part your hair smack dab in the middle while it’s still got conditioner in it. ** Comb each side to a point beneath your earlobe on that side. ** Snip off a couple of centimeters on each side.
** Be careful to keep the sides even. Compare them to each other. As mentioned above, it may also be helpful to compare them to a physical
landmark (say, a birthmark on your neck). ** Rinse the conditioner out of your hair, dry, style it as usual. *You’ll probably want to do this in a bathroom, as they usually have basins right under a mirror–conveniently placed to catch that hair you’re cutting. * Make sure to use the correct tools!
== Warnings ==
*If you are cutting your own hair, don’t do anything too drastic unless you are very experienced. Think it over and look it over before you make that one snip that could ruin your look and cause you to spend money on a professional haircut anyway. *Make sure you have the correct tools. If you are planning to give yourself a haircut that is intended to look good, then heck, spend the 5 bucks and buy some nicer hair-cutting scissors. Your average pair isn’t going to get the job done. *Be as precise as you can. It’s the difference between a decent haircut and looking like you were attacked. *Needless to say, a competent professional stylist should be able to do a better job than you can (the ability to do a better job than an amateur cutting her own hair being a rather minimal requirement for a stylist). The technique described above is very good if you’re broke or strapped for time, but if you’re facing an occasion when you seriously need to look good, see a pro.