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How to cut your hair at home

How to cut your hair at home

Going to the salon in 2021 isn’t quite the option it used to be. If you are interested in maintaining your luscious locks at home, it can be a gamble to take your hair’s style into your own hands...unless you have these important tips and the right products to keep everything healthy and beautiful. 

Tips for home haircuts

Are you ready? Grab those scissors, and let’s get going. Actually, put down the scissors, and we’ll talk about them for a minute and discuss a few other tips you need to accomplish a professional haircut at home.

The right scissors 

Your kitchen or utility scissors are not going to cut it – literally. When and/or if you ever get to talk to your stylist again, ask them about their scissors. A hairstylist’s scissors are their most important tool, and the price tag can often be a key to their value. They are super sharp, like razor-sharp. Most stylists suffer a few cuts when they use a new pair because of the fine blades. You obviously don’t need a pair that sharp or expensive, but investing in a good stainless steel scissor is key to getting a good cut at home.

Other tools

Get everything you might need before your cut. This means mirrors, alligator clips, a few combs, a smock, a spritz water bottle, etc. Create a station for yourself so you can keep going once you get started.

Separate into sections

Separate your hair into sections and then start at the back and work forward. Constantly compare ends to make sure you’re getting the right length and that it matches.

Dry cut your hair

Does your stylist dry cut your hair, at least at some point in the appointment? Most of them do now because it’s a great way to see how it really shapes up when it’s dry and styled. For someone cutting their hair at home, dry is the way to go for the whole thing. If you cut your hair wet, you’ll be surprised at how much it shrinks up when it dries. Suddenly, it will look way too short. Dry also makes it easier to manage cowlicks and other quirks.

Know when to go wet

A wet haircut is great for precise and clean lines. If that’s what you need to have the style you want, then wet is the way to go. In this situation, if you’ve never done it before, cut a very small amount off. Then dry and style it to see how it looks. If it’s still too long, then do it again but a little shorter. You can always go shorter, but growing it out takes time – lots of time.

Point cut your hair

Cutting horizontally straight across your hair is typically not a look that people want. There are definitely some blunt styles that do use this technique. But for most people, especially those trying it at home, point cutting is the way to go. Point cutting is actually a fairly easy technique where you don’t cut horizontally across the hair, but instead, you cut vertically into it. Trust us, it can give you a great look. It creates movement, removes bulk, gets rid of split ends, and can be used on just about any hair type. With point cutting, you don’t cut horizontally across the hair, you cut vertically up into it. 

Don’t try something dramatic

Do you feel like you’re just so sick of your hair – it’s time for a change. If you’re avoiding the salon and have been for a long time, you might fall into this trap. It’s best to try to avoid doing a dramatic style change at home and save it until you can get to the salon. Stick to maintenance cuts, and experiment with different types of braids or some other styling options that feel fresh.

Skip the hacks

Who wants hair that looks like a hack job? Unfortunately, that’s too often the case when people use internet hacks for haircuts. If there’s a shortcut to creating cute hair, try to avoid it. Go for classic techniques that you’d get from a professional. Example: have you ever seen a professional hairstylist pull your hair to the front in a ponytail to create layers? If the answer is no, it’s time to get a new stylist.

One curl at a time

If you have curly hair, definitely only cut your hair when it’s dry, and plan on spending a lot of time doing it. You should really focus on one curl at a time to get a natural-looking cut that keeps your hair’s integrity intact.

Focus on health

Focusing on healthy hair will always give you a head that gets noticed for the right reasons. Start by using Hair La Vie hair care products to boost your hair’s health from the inside out. Your hair will slowly evolve into the great lux locks you’ve always dreamed of. With lush, bouncy, thick hair, who’s going to notice that your haircut isn’t perfect?

Final thoughts

You can do haircuts at home, and the more you do them, the better and more confident you’ll be. If you really want to succeed, you need the right tools, give yourself ample time, and don’t cut off too much. 

The first couple of times you cut your hair, it’s probably not going to go too well. Making little corrections can help it look presentable. The next few times you cut your hair, you’ll begin to understand its nature, and it’ll be easier to get a good-looking cut the first time. Then, if you’re feeling brave, you can maybe attempt something a little more adventurous.

While waiting for your next professional cut, it’s a good idea to focus on the health of your hair. Why not take this downtime to rediscover the gorgeous hair you were born with before products, and blow dryers, and bad diets? Fueling your body and hair from the inside while using only the best natural products from Hair La Vie will make a big difference, and you’ll love the results.

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