How to Cut My Hair at Home

Without regular haircuts, your hair can become frizzy and full of split ends- no one wants that look. Unfortunately, getting a haircut by a professional isn't always possible. That's why it's so important to know how to cut your own hair. This short article will teach you how to do your own DIY haircut in no time. 

Use the Right Tools

Home haircuts require specific hair tools. Don't grab just any pair of scissors and start chopping away. You need a pair of hair-cutting shears, as these have the sharp edge needed to eliminate sloppy ends and irregular lines. If you want to create a pixie cut or bob, hair clippers are a must. 

Wet or Dry Hair?

It isn't always necessary to cut your hair sopping wet. Cutting your hair damp allows you to create clean, sharp lines that will stay that way after your hair is dry.

Curly or wavy hair is another story. When you cut wet curly hair, it may shrink to a funny length after it's dry. It's best to leave curls, waves, and coils in their natural dry state so there'll be no surprises. 

When doing a DIY cut, you should pre-style your hair. This includes washing and styling your hair as you normally would. Doing this will help you determine how short you should go when you grab those scissors.

Trim a Bit at a Time

Always start by trimming small pieces of hair rather than chopping off huge chunks at once. You can take more off later if you haven't gone short enough, but you can't reattach hair you've already cut. Another reason you should trim small sections is to account for hair shrinkage, specifically when cutting your hair wet. Keep these things in mind as you trim your hair.

No Horizontal Cuts

To avoid an unwanted bowl cut or blunt cut nightmare, don't cut your hair horizontally. If you do this, there'll be no definition or layering. The best haircuts have layers and dimension. 

Instead, take small sections of hair between your fingers and hold them upward. Position your scissors parallel to the hair hanging from the tips of your fingers and make vertical cuts. Trim small sections at a time to avoid any huge uneven chunks that you'll need to fix later. 

If you cut your hair this way, the results will be much more flattering than if you cut your hair one time straight across. We recommend that you ask for help on those hard-to-reach areas at the back of your head. Most importantly, work slowly - this helps to ensure you won't end up with a cut you'll want to hide.

Happy Trimming!

Cutting your own hair may seem like a frightening task, especially if it's your first time picking up those hair shears. But with the right tools and techniques, anyone can cut their own hair at home. We hope that this article gives you the information and confidence you need to create a style you'll love.

Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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