There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you go rogue with a pair of scissors at home, but if you can't make it to the salon right now and are in desperate need of a little trim, it's perfectly fine to give yourself a quick fix at home.
The key is to start small with a few careful snips. Right now is not the time to decide you want bangs (yes, you!). We recommend saving big changes for the pros, but to freshen up your layers, trim your (already-existing) bangs, or nab split ends at home, we've rounded up the best instructional videos below to help you cut your own hair at home. A few pointers before you get started:
•Invest in a pair of styling shears. Put down the kitchen scissors! The dull edges could potentially give you even more split ends (plus, ew, cross-contamination). Instead, invest in a pair of razor-sharp styling shears designed specifically for the task, like Equinox Professional Shears. This will give you the best-looking cut (and the healthiest hair) possible.
•Cut less than you think you need to. You can always take more hair off, but you can't add back what you've already chopped! If you're cutting your hair while it's wet, remember it will look even shorter once it dries.
•Work with your natural hair texture . Snip hair when it's dry if your strands are curly or wavy so you can get a better idea of what the final look will be. If you have straight hair, cut while it's wet or dampen it with a spray bottle first to get the cleanest, sharpest lines possible.
If your hair is straight, you can use these three methods to make sure your DIY cut is nice and even. Bring your hair to the front and snip at an angle or straight, depending on if you prefer a rounded or blunt shape to your cut.
If split ends are fuzzing up your style but you don't want to lose any length (or if you don't trust yourself to give yourself a "real" haircut #relatable), this method shows you how toidentify split ends and snip them without changing the shape or length of your current cut. This allows you to go some extra time between hair appointments and prevents your hair from breaking off until you can get into the salon!
YouTuber Carli Bybel shows h ow to cut graduated layers into super-long locks by sectioning hair, pulling it to the front, and making angled cuts into the length using professional shears.
If you have thick, curly hair, cutting your hair at home is all about sectioning your layers and making minor cuts to your ends for healthier hair to extend the length between professional trips to the salon. This style is layered with bangs, but you can also just trim the ends of your hair.
If you're stressed about getting a perfectly even cut, this tried-and-true method for achieving layers at home is great for beginners. Smooth hair into a ponytail at the top of the hairline near the forehead (hence the "unicorn ponytail" method), pull hair forward, and snip ends. The sharper the angle, the more drastic the face-framing layers will be.
If you wantto cut your lob, bob, or shoulder-length hair,this method involves bringing hair to the front and securing with small elastics before trimming off ends. Clean up any choppy ends with small, precise cuts for best results.
For her semi-relaxed hair, Kaye uses clippers, shears, and lots of clips (and patience) to maintain her short pixie style. Parting hair evenly, clipping hair back tightly, and carefully combing through hair is crucial for this precise cut.
Whether you have blunt bangs straight across your forehead, side-swept bangs, or parted curtain bangs, learn how to freshen up your fringe. YouTuber Stella Cini advises against making the first-time chop on your bangs at home: "Please make sure you know what you're sort of doing before you do it --- or do it like me on a wig."
After receiving questions about how she cuts her hair, this YouTuber decided to share her trimming technique for her gorgeous natural locks. For her, it's all about detangling and using your fingers for a more precise cut, and using already-cut hair as a guide to keep everything nice and even.
While we advise saving any drastic chops for the pros, this YouTuber makes removing about four or five inches from her hair look easy. If you're already a pro at cutting your hair at home and want to take it further, make sure you flat iron hair to ensure it's uniform and ready for a blunt bob cutbefore reaching for the shears.