How to cut your own hair in 10 seconds

How-To with: Cut your own hair

Have you ever needed to cut your hair quickly, but didn’t want to go to hairdresser? Here is another way of doing it.

Step 1

Wash your hair. This will give you a more accurate cut. Consider leaving the conditioner in to make your hair easier to comb. Leave it wet until you know which method you want to use.

Step 2

  • Decide what length your hair should be. You may want to tie this to some physical landmark, such as the chin, collarbone, etc. When you’ve decided how much hair you want to leave, note the length of the hair you want to take off; this will be important later when your hair is up and it’s difficult to gauge the length of what remains.

Step 3

Find a pair of sharp scissors. If you don’t have styling shears, fabric scissors will work very well. Do not use blunt or loose scissors, which can bend and damage your hair instead of cutting it.

 Step 4

  • Stand in front of a mirror. If possible, arrange two mirrors so that you can see both the front and back of your own head.

Whole Head Method

    1. 1

      Dry and comb your hair. The straighter you can comb it, the better.

    2. 2

      Gather your hair to the top of your head as if you were making a ponytail. Be sure to bring it to not only the very top, but also the center; otherwise, the layers will come out unevenly. Check your alignment in the mirror.

      • It may help to bend over and flip your hair down while gathering it.
    3. 3

      Twist your gathered hair as tightly as you can into a spiral. Make note of which direction you’ve twisted it.

    4. Take your scissors and cut off the length of hair you noted in Step 2. The remaining hair will be uniform in length relative to the top of your head, but once you let it down, it will appear to be of many different lengths.
    5. Let down your hair, comb it, re-gather it to the top of your head, and twist it in the opposite direction. Most of it should be uniform, but be sure to look for strays.
      Snip off any stragglers.
When satisfied, wash, dry, and style your hair as usual. Haircuts almost always look more finished once they’ve been properly washed.
Selective Layers Method

Towel-dry your hair so that it is damp and comb it. The straighter you comb it, the better.

Determine the length and location of your shortest layer.

Separate the top layer of hair from the rest. An easy way to separate it from the rest is to run the point of your finger or the corner of a comb in a line around that layer of hair like an equator. Be sure to grab a thin amount, as you don’t want the layer to appear chunky.

Step 5

    1. Pin or clip the remaining hair down and out of the way. If it’s long, you might simply twist it and hang it over one shoulder.

Using your fingers as a guide, cut unevenly but naturally across the top layer. You might let it hang loose and cut it as you see it, using a mirror as a guide for the sides and back. Or, you might pull it upwards into a high ponytail and clip the ends above your head.

  • For natural-looking unevenness, hold the scissors at an angle while snipping.
  • Make note of how much hair you have clipped so that you can compare the length to other layers

Step 6

When satisfied, pin or clip the top layer out of the way.

    • Separate a second layer of hair from the rest and trim as before. Make sure that you trim less hair than you did with the previous layer.
      Pin or clip the second layer out of the way and continue separating and trimming lower layers as desire

Step 7

Release and blow-dry each layer.

  • Do not worry about styling it, as the point of this step is to ensure that the cut looks good.
  • Releasing and drying each layer one at a time will give you a better sense of whether or not you need to make any adjustments.
  • When satisfied, wash, dry, and style your hair as usual. Haircuts almost always look more finished once they’ve been properly washed.

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