How To Trim Your Hair
How To Trim Your Hair: Before we dive in, let’s be clear: Haircutting is best left to the experts. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you go rogue with a pair of scissors, and we recommend making an appointment with a licensed hairstylist if you’re looking to make a big change.
But if you need a quick bang trim or you have an out-of-control split end situation, use these instructional videos as inspiration for an at-home haircut. And if things go awry, seek comfort in these all-too-relatable feelings about a growing out a bad haircut.
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The first rule: Put down the kitchen scissors. Yes, they work great when it comes to chopping up your chicken, but they could potentially give you even more split ends (plus, gross — those scissors have touched your food!). Stick with a trusty pair of styling shears, like these top-rated ones from Tweezerman.
How To Trim Your Bangs
Because once that fringe gets into our vision, it’s over. Time to trim. There’s nothing dangerous about giving your bangs a refresh in between salon visits, but keep a few things in mind. (Hint: No water, please.)
“Always trim your bangs dry and styled as you wear them. If you like to round brush your bangs so they have a little lift, round brush them before you trim them. This will help to prevent them from getting too short,” Texas-based stylist Chris Jones told us. As far as the actual cutting goes, Jones recommends to “point cut into the bang rather than cutting a straight line.” This will avoid a super blunt finish and give you more control as you trim the ends.
Things can go very wrong here, so proceed with caution. If you’re looking to trim your hair, or even cut off a few inches of hair, there’s one method that streamlines the process enough for first-timers: The Ponytail Method.
- To start, you’ll secure your hair into a high ponytail. (Remember, it should be dampened and brushed as straight and smoothly as you can.)
- Take the ponytail and pull upwards on the hair tie until it’s only an inch or two away from the ends. If you have a lot of layering, you can secure extra elastics every few inches instead until you’ve reached that same point to keep things clean.
- Now, cut just a half-inch to an inch at the ends, straight across, and then point cut vertically to give texture and get rid of bluntness.
- Take it down and assess your work.
How To Trim Split Ends
If you’re not looking for a complete restyle, but more of a tidy up through the tips, you’ll be pleased to know that you can trim split ends in a mere matter of minutes.
Instead of going through the painstaking process of hunting for splits in individual strands, start by grabbing small-ish sections of hair and twisting them into a rope effect. Those scraggy ends that stick out can be carefully snipped away. Et voila, instantly sleeker locks that stretch the time until your next haircut.
How To Cut In A Fringe
That sudden urge for an Alexa fringe has struck us all at some point or other, and if you’ve decided to act on it, you’ll find these tips for trimming handy. First, you’ll need a pair of cuticle scissors, not just some shears you found in the kitchen. These are suitably small enough to give you ultra-precision.
Start by making your hair as straight as it can go. You can use a hairdryer or straighteners for this, just make sure you don’t cut it wet. Then section off the part of your hair that you want to turn into a fringe – you can go as thick or as thin as you like, but remember you can always cut later.
Pull the section forward then close the hair between your index and middle fingers, touching where you want your fringe to hit your forehead, and tugging the strands slightly taut.
5 Reasons Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair
- Style On The Go
- Take Control
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- Maintain Great Style With Less Effort
How To Trim Your Hair At Home
Wash your hair. Use a mild shampoo and be sure that your hair is clean and free of any hair-care products before you begin trimming.
- You do not need to condition, but it may help eliminate any tangles.
- Rinse your hair until no residual bubbles or soap are present in the run-off. The water flowing from your scalp should be clean and clear.
- Hair that is very thick, curly or coarse should be washed twice to make sure it is clean.
Lightly towel dry any excessive moisture. Do not dry entirely, but instead, allow your hair to remain damp. This will make it more manageable.
- A spray bottle filled with water can be used to moisten the hair as it dries.
Cover your shoulders with a towel. This will catch any drips and will also keep the hair from falling down your shirt as you trim. It will also make cleaning-up afterward easier.
- A towel or tarp can also be placed on the ground to catch the hair as it falls.
- Use a hairdresser’s cape if you happen to have one.
Secure the front section of the hair. Use ties or bands to form ponytails that draw the hair away from the back of your head.
- Clips will work better for shorter hair.