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.