How to Cut Your Own Hair at Home for a Fraction of the Salon Cost

Irina Reina
by Irina Reina
4 Materials
1 Hour

I’ve been growing out my natural hair color, but I still have several inches on the ends that are bleached. They feel rough and dry and I have to use special conditioner on them.

So I decided to see if I could cut them off myself and make a good job of it.

I borrowed my partner’s beard trimming scissors but I suggest you invest in a pair of proper hair cutting scissors - it will make things a lot easier!

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Tools and materials:

  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hair cutting scissors
  • Towel
Preparing hair

1. Prepare your hair

This works best on damp hair. I shampooed and conditioned mine, then wrapped it in a t-shirt to blot the excess water.

Preparing hair

Part your hair in the center and brush it until it’s smooth, sleek and straight, from the roots to the tips.

If you have curly hair, you will need to straighten it before using this method.

Tying hair

2. Tie your hair

Gather all the hair on each side into a single tail centered under your chin and secure it with a strong hair tie.

Tying hair

Pull the free hair straight and wrap another hair tie about 2 inches (5 cm) below the first.

Make sure that you have an equal thickness of hair on each side of the wrapped tail. You really need to be a perfectionist for this part.

Tying hair

Keep doing this until all your hair is secured. I needed five ties for my length of hair.

Tying hair

3. Cut your hair

Place a towel on your lap to catch the hair as you cut it.

Plan where you’re going to cut your hair. You need at least one band securing your hair below where you intend to cut it.

In order to remove my bleached ends, I needed to cut my hair between the fourth and fifth bands.

Cutting hair

This is when I really regretted not having proper hairdressers’ scissors.

My partner’s beard trimmers weren’t long or strong enough to cut through the thickness of my hair.

I had to do it in sections and saw at it, which really wasn’t ideal.

Hair ends

It took a long time and the cut wasn’t very even at all, but it was the best I could do.

Progress photo of hair

4. Point cutting

Remove all the hair ties and brush your hair out.

It should be longer at the back and curve up on each side.

Losing the bleached ends made my hair look and feel much healthier than it has for a long time, and definitely better than I expected.

Cutting hair

Section each side of your center part into two tails, one behind your ear and one in front. Wrap them with hair ties.

Make sure that there are no “bumps” anywhere in your hair. 

If necessary, spray it with a little water or hair mist to dampen it down again.

Cutting hair

Lift up each tail in turn and snip vertically into the ends with the very tip of your scissors.

This step gives more precision to the ends of your hair and makes them look more natural and less blunt.

When you’ve finished, check your hair is the same length on both sides.

Dry and style your hair as normal.

How to cut your own hair

How to cut your own hair

How to cut your own hair

I was delighted with the final result, especially after the difficulty I had cutting off the length.

I don’t think I will ever go to a hairdresser again for a haircut when I can do this myself!

Definitely invest in the correct scissors, it will make a huge difference.

But I love the U-shape my hair has at the back and how much healthier it looks without those dreadful bleached ends.

I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know in the comments what you think of it.

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  • Hair ties
  • Hair cutting scissors
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Join the conversation
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 03, 2024

    I think it looks nice! That being said, I'd be afraid of golfing it up. Maybe one day I'll get the courage to do this.

  • Deborah Deborah on Jun 04, 2024

    I cut my own length of hair by brushing it all upside down and then following the natural curve of my hair. It came out well. I cut my bangs too. My finances don't stretch to hairdressers these days.