How to Cut Hair Without Making a Mess

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

While professional hair stylists make it look so easy (and flawless), cutting your own hair isn't exactly without its challenges. There's no doubt that DIY haircuts often result in a few tears and strands of hair left behind, but there are some tips and tricks you can use to avoid making a mess. In fact, these foolproof techniques for cutting your own hair at home come from actual salon professionals and will ensure that you're not the next person crying over a botched cut.

First things first, make sure you have all the materials you'll need to get the job done: a sharp pair of scissors and a comb (both of which should be kept on hand at all times), a towel or cape to cover your clothes, and a mirror. It's also important to keep in mind the type of haircut you want to achieve. If you're looking for a blunt cut, the Allure blog recommends holding your scissors horizontally and cutting straight across; however, for a softer layered finish, it's best to hold your scissors at a 45-degree angle and make diagonal cuts.

Before you start cutting your own hair, make sure it's completely dry and free of tangles by combing through it with a detangling product or a natural remedy. Also, be sure to spritz your hair with water to prevent it from drying out and becoming difficult to work with.

Finally, if you have a long or thick head of hair, it's a good idea to divide it into at least four sections (ear to ear) and then pin each section up with a scrunchie or hair tie before you start cutting. This will help you stay focused and trim your hair evenly.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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