We all know that regular trims are essential when it comes to banishing split ends and keeping your locks in good condition, but trips to the hairdresser can be rather costly!
We sent online writer Lauren to try a DIY haircut with the help of award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford…
Top tips on how to cut your own hair at home
A DIY hair cut can sound a bit daunting, but follow our essential tips and you’ll emerge with lovely locks.
- Invest in a good pair of scissors. “You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds,” said Lee. “But it is important to make sure they’re sharp.” If you can’t get hold of hairdressing scissors, try fabric scissors instead.
- By putting your hair in a ponytail, you’ll be able to cut your hair evenly more easily. Use a thin hair band for the front and back, and make sure it’s a secured tightly.
- Ideally, the hair band will sit around three inches away from the ends of your hair.
- If you’re using this technique to trim your locks, it’s best to have dry hair. If your hair is curly, straighten it first to get a more even finish and make sure your locks have had a good brush.
- After you’ve cut off your length in a straight line, chop into the ends vertically, keeping your scissors straight, to give a more natural finish. This technique is called point cutting. “Keep the scissors straight and be gentle while softening your ends,” Lee advises. “If your scissors go at an angle, you’ll end up cutting chunks out of your hair. This is fine if you want an uneven, messy look, but for a more subtle, keep scissors straight.”
- Always trim with caution! You can go back and take more off if you desire, but don’t chop too much off too soon – unless you want to end up with a bob in a bid to get it even!
- Take your time! Remember professionals have been trained to cut at speed, so if you want this to go well, you’re going to need to take things slowly.
- Give newly trimmed tresses some shape and body with a texturising spray. We love Lee Stafford My Big Fat Texturised Super Spray!
So what are you waiting for? Give it a go! And don’t forget to send us the results – we’d love to see.