The current shutdown and extended stay at home have prompted many to unleash their inner creativity and bring out their hidden skills to the table.
Be it cooking a pot of pasta, cleaning the fan’s blades, painting glass jars (Pinterest rocks!), each one of us has had our moments of feeling victorious.
This newly gained confidence can prompt us to be a little more adventurous and enter the uncharted territory of giving ourselves “The Haircut.”
But wait. Most of us would not be late recalling the compilation of “The most disastrous DIY Haircuts,” where a girl ended up chopping her bangs to her hairline.
That is the most common experience of people and DIY Haircuts. However, hard times call for some firm actions and a little bit of trust.
While the anticipation associated with cutting your hair is normal, it could become an asset for you with the right amount of preparation and practice.
Why DIY Haircuts?
Well, most folks have been DIY-ing for almost everything these days; there is something about the DIY cult that fascinates us to take that leap of faith.
It could be the excitement associated with creating something of our own or tapping into that subconscious, creative, and adventurous self of ours when life decides to throw a big bag of crisis.
Do-It-Yourself Haircuts have some serious profit points, as follows:
- During a situational crisis like the one the world is undergoing, it is always comforting to know that essential grooming can be taken care of by oneself.
- It is a great money-saving hack. Every woman would want to empathize with this. A woman heading in for a haircut is likely to spend more dollars than a man. Learning some basic chopping skills is likely to benefit you and your wallet.
- It refuels the ongoing desire to have a minimal lifestyle. Avoiding the hassle of expensive salons and keeping it simple but not going for extravagant cuts, one could find the beauty in a simple cut.
- It might lead you to get into your groove, creating your style board!
Just Chill & DIY: Prep
Before you rogue with the scissors and end up with a mushroom cut, some “protocols” are followed.
Remember, haircutting is a skill that requires practice.
#1 Watch and Learn
It would be beneficial for the reader to go through some credential YouTube channels to get detailed step-by-step guidance.
However, do not load yourself with information. Take only as much as you need.
There is nothing better than having your hairstylist available to guide you over zoom calls!
#2 Define the Length
Be sure to determine why you are cutting your hair. Is it basic trimming to get a quick fix? Is it shaping your hair to break out from monotony?
Accordingly, define how much you want to chop.
A healthy tip would be to determine it an inch or two more from the desired length. It would provide you space for damage control.
Moreover, in the case of cutting damp hair, it is likely that the hair, once dry, would spring back and be shorter.
#3 Right tools
Be sure to gear yourself with the right equipment. Here is a checklist curated specially for that luscious hair:
- Scissors: A Big NO To Those Kitchen Scissors. You do not want to use the greasy, blunt scissors and end up with crooked and sloppy ends. Don’t hesitate to invest in good Saloon-style scissors with a sharp and smooth finish. Choose a scissor that feels comfortable to work with.
- Clippers: It is always handy to have clippers (and not your father’s trimmers) for smooth trimming.
- CreaClip: DIY and CreaClip should be a match made in heaven to get you a glorious cut. It is a good investment and will make the experience more traumatic. It is an innovative accessory designed to help you get a smooth cut. The teeth evenly distribute the hair for a clean-cut and have a rotating mechanism to cut hair in layers or any suitable shape. Moreover, it is a perfect choice for all hair types and gets you an excellent and precise cut.
- Spray Bottle: You could choose to get your haircut on either dry or wet hair. In the latter case, don’t drown your hair in the water! All you need is moist hair. Dampen your hair to get clean cuts. Spray bottles could be an easy pick for quickly getting your hair misty.
- Additional Tools: brush and comb, hair bands, a cape (to keep it neat and clean).
#4 Shampoo & Condition
A good wash is necessary as it helps you get rid of the greasy stickiness. Ideally, wash your hair a day before.
Snip-Snap: A Basic Guide
#1 Section your hair
To get your haircut more methodical, segment your hair into symmetrical portions on the right and left sides.
Depending on the length and volume of the hair, determine the number of sections you want to create.
How: Part your hair from the center and divide it into Right and Left.
Separate the hair in the front from those in the back on both sides (you can section it from the center parting down to your ears)
#2 Get your guide hair
Take a segment of hair from both sides and brush it vertically. It is going to be the reference hair for further cuts.
Comb it till the end, determine the length, and cut the rest of the hair. Follow this by making vertical snips. Take this hair and mix it on either side.
#3 Cutting Other Segments Of The Front Section Hair
Now, take each segment on either side and repeat the process, using the guide hair to determine the length of further cuts.
Instead of holding the hair vertically, hold it at an angle or diagonally and make pointcuts according to the guide hair.
You should be able to achieve a feathered layered style to your hair.
Repeat this for the other side.
#4 Cutting back section
- Take hair from either side and bring it to the front.
- Using some of the cut hair from the front section to serve as the reference cut, take segments, brush, hold diagonally, and point cut upwards.
- Remember to define the new cuts an inch lower than the length of the guide hair, so the hair is sideways flowing downwards.
- Repeat the same technique for other segments of the hair.
- Once you are done with one side, move on to the other half and repeat the process.
Chop With Style: Ninja Technique
- Brush, don’t rush: Brush each segment of hair thoroughly before cutting so you don’t have tangled hair disrupting your final cut.
- Keep it Diagonal: Hold the hair diagonally to avoid cutting it horizontally. Hold it at an angle.
- Aim for the length: As you go to each segment from front to back, make cuts an inch longer than that of the guide hair.
- Pointcut: Instead of rushing your scissors straight to the other end, make sure to make pointcuts, that is, a few vertical snips, to give it a natural look. To do this, take the section of the hair, comb it to remove any tangles, and hold it firmly between your fingers and snip upwards.
- Twist-cutting: If you decide to become a little more courageous, try the twist-cutting technique. Just take a section of your hair, twist it and make small fine snips. It gives the hair feathered and soft edges. This cutting style is also ideal for getting some gorgeous bangs.
As daunting as the idea of chopping your hair might seem, patient and straightforward snips could be the key for you to end up with your desire “good hair day.”
Once you get into its rhythm, you may also want to continue trimming your hair once in a while to maintain your hair healthy or take the liberty to style it in ways you want to.
So get those scissors out, and Happy Snipping!