For many women, going to the salon for regular trims may not be an option. Between work, taking care of the kids, and making sure you have enough money stashed away for bills, many women just can’t find the time or money to put toward regular haircuts. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a high-quality haircut. Take matters into your own hands, and learn how to trim your own hair!

How Can You Trim Your Own Hair and Make It Look Good?

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Cutting your hair at home is simple and easy when you know how to approach your cut with confidence and pick a style that is realistic for you to achieve. First, you will want to make sure you have professional hair cutting shears that are nice and sharp so you get clean, precise cuts. Then, you will cleanly section your hair and go through the cut of your choice step-by-step, ensuring that you take small, precise sections for a uniform result. Feel free to add layers, bangs, and add any other personal touches that will really take your cut to the next level and show off your creative genius.

 Learning how to trim your own hair at home can be a great way for you to save money and time by skipping your monthly salon appointments, but you can easily find yourself in a hair disaster if you don’t follow the correct steps. We have come up with a comprehensive guide that will take you through the entire hair cutting process so you will know how to trim your own hair at home with ease.

What Materials Do You Need to Trim Your Hair at Home?

Before you cut your hair, you need to make sure you have the following items before you begin. Staying organized and having all the materials you need will be the difference between a hair disaster and professional-looking cut.

  • Haircutting shears
  • Texturing shears (optional)
  • Haircutting comb
  • Wet brush
  • Duckbill clips
  • Haircutting cape
  • 3-way mirror (optional)

Decide on a Length and Style

Before you cut your hair, you need to make sure you have the following items before you begin. Staying organized and having all the materials you need will be the difference between a hair disaster and professional-looking cut.

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Play It Safe

You may desperately want those cute baby bangs you saw on Pinterest, or love the choppy lob that Kylie Jenner has been sporting, but before you start cutting, you need to consider a couple of things first. As a general rule, you want to stay within 4 inches of your preexisting length. Keep in mind that if your hair is longer, you can get away with more, and if your hair is shorter, you will want to take less. The reason you want to avoid dramatic cuts or transformations is to decrease the potential for a DIY hair disaster by attempting cuts you are not skilled enough to perform.

Remember that you aren’t a professional and will have to choose a style that’s easy to replicate, such as a classic long layered cut. Precision cuts, such as a graduation or A-line bob have the potential to go south quickly for DIY-cutters. Even professional stylists spend years perfecting these precision cuts, so don’t expect yourself to nail such a detail-oriented cut on your first go.

Although you will want to save the dramatic transformation for your stylist, you can easily achieve the following cuts yourself:

  • Long layers
  • Touch ups to existing bangs
  • Taking up to 4 inches of length off
  • Adding face-framing fringe
  • Thinning out thicker tresses

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Consider Your Hair Texture

Every head of hair is different and being mindful of your own texture when cutting your hair is extremely important. Before you trim your own hair, you’ll probably be browsing through beauty guru’s YouTube channels to see how they cut their own hair at home, and while their cut may turn out amazing, just know that it most likely will not look the same on you unless you share similar hair textures. Identify the density of your hair and the natural wave or curl pattern if you have any as this will affect how you should approach trimming your hair; each hair texture requires different treatment.

Finer, wavy-to-curly hair will not react well to texturizing shears or texturizing techniques, and so these methods shouldn’t be used on this hair texture, especially at home. Since there is already natural texture in the hair, texturizing this type of hair will result in potentially unruly, frizzy hair and makes it more prone to breakage. On the other hand, thicker, pin-straight hair can benefit from light texturizing and it is often recommended for an airy, flowing feel. So make sure that you learn how to trim your own hair with your natural hair texture in mind for the best results.

How to Trim Your Own Hair in 6 Easy Steps

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Once you’ve gathered all the materials you need and have decided on a reasonable length and style, it’s time to get cutting. Learning how to trim your own hair at home is as easy as following the steps below.

Decide Whether You Should Cut Your Hair Wet or Dry

This is the first and perhaps most important step in the hair cutting process. Generally speaking, naturally curly and textured hair should be cut wet, while straighter textures can be cut both wet and dry. The reason you want to avoid cutting curly hair while dry is because your curl pattern and the way it dries will change daily. You will get a cleaner cut and more predictable results by cutting your hair wet.

On the other hand, if you have hair that is straighter or more fine in texture, cutting it dry will be a better option for you and will help to keep you from losing length you didn’t intend to. You will get a better idea of how your haircut will actually turn out if you cut your hair dry as wet hair may mask the actual length you’re taking off, especially if you are giving yourself layers. If you are cutting your hair dry, you will need to make sure it’s clean and that you’ve straightened it prior to beginning your cut to ensure an even, uniform cut.

Section Your Hair

There are many methods out there that promise quick cuts, such as the ponytail method. However, it is best that you take the time to section your hair out just like your professional stylist would and take small, clean sections throughout your cut for an even, precise cut.

Clean sectioning results in a cleaner cut and will ensure that you don’t miss any pieces. So begin by sectioning your hair out in four sections. Part your hair directly down the middle and create four sections by splitting your hair behind the ear on both sides.

Create Your Guide

After you have sectioned your hair, you will need to create the guide that will determine the length of your cut. Take out an inch from each of the four sections that you’ve created, ensuring that the rest of your length is clipped away securely. Start by establishing your length in the front and work your way to the back. At this point, you will have your perimeter mapped out and are ready to begin cutting the rest of your hair.

Cut the Length

At this point, you will go section by section, cutting the length of your hair based on the guide you have created. Take small sections as you go to ensure a uniform final result.

As you are cutting your hair, you should do what the industry professionals call point cutting which involves cutting the hair at a slight angle to keep the hair cut from coming out too blunt, choppy, or jagged. You will do this by holding your shears at a 45-degree angle as you are cutting, rather than taking your shears and cutting horizontally across, which will create a harsh, severe line.

Add Layers

Once you have finished establishing your length, you are ready to move on to any layers, face-framing, or bangs you would like to add to customize your cut. Don’t be afraid to let your creative freedom shine. Do what feels best for you and add layers where you feel you need movement and face-framing fringe where you want flattering definition.

When cutting layers, make sure you are cutting them at a 180-degree angle. Take your comb and pull the section you want to cut straight up, tilting your fingers at a diagonal angle, using the length at the end of your fingers as a guide for how much you will cut – which should only be about 1 to 2 inches.

Cutting layers is essentially cutting the corners out of the hair to give more movement and flow in the hair cut, so the higher you hold the hair, the more seamlessly the layers will blend into your length. Holding your hair at a 90-degree angle straight out from the head horizontally will result in choppy, jagged layers, so be sure you are always pulling the hair straight up to the ceiling when cutting layers.

Finishing Touches

Once you are done with your cut, you will want to check it to make sure you haven’t missed any pieces. Have your partner help you out, or use a mirror to look at the back of your head to make sure your cut looks even and uniform and make adjustments as you see fit. Finally, style your hair any way you wish and pat yourself on the back for giving yourself an awesome new haircut!


Giving yourself haircuts at home is a great way to save both time and money, and learning how to trim your own hair is as easy as following our comprehensive guide. Plus, now that you know how to cut your own hair, imagine how easy it will be for you to trim your child or partner’s hair as well! It is a great skill for any busy woman to have in her arsenal, and now you know how to tackle your own hair with confidence.

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