Saving Yourself a Trip to the Salon

You’re looking for a new ‘do for the fall season, but you’re seriously penny-pinching as you maneuver the entertainment world hoping to land your next gig.  You don’t have any extra change to spare for the salon.  So, you’re determined to do the cutting yourself.  How can you cut your hair at home without worrying about hair repair afterwards?  Here’s some advice from the experts at Good Housekeeping.

In order to give yourself a home haircut, you will need clips, ties, and scrunchies, depending on the length of your mane.  Hair accessories are essential for parting hair and ensuring an even chop.  You’ll also want to keep some product handy for more unmanageable strands that will need to be coaxed into the ties.  Cutting your hair while dry will give you a more immediate indication that your efforts are working the way you want.

If you’re just looking to chop a few split ends, secure your locks in a rubber band an inch or two from the bottom, and grab a pair of shearing scissors.  Carefully remove the ends, making sure to cut in a straight line at the tip of the damage.  If needed, do a couple of pass-throughs.

If you’re looking to add some long layers to the ends of your mane, you can use scrunchies instead.  Start with parting hair down the middle, ensuring an equal length on either side.  Then, create a “v” in the front with a small comb that easily separates out the strands.  Add the first scrunchy, securing on the scalp area.  Determine how long you want your layers to be and wrap a hair tie wear you want to cut.

Use shearing scissors to feather the hair at the tie, chopping repeatedly in an upward motion until all desired hair is removed.  Take the remainder of the strands and secure in a second scrunchy in the front right above the first.  You’ll notice after doing so that there is a difference in length.  Take another hair tie and secure it at the base of the shortest strands.  Then, cut the longer ones in a feathering motion to this length.

Shorter hair, especially styles above or around the ears will likely require minimal trimming to maintain.  Section off each area with ties and eyeball any dead ends, removing accordingly.

You really can save yourself some money by styling your hair at home.  It’s fairly simple to trim your locks with the right tools and a little bit of patience!

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