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How to Trim Your Own Hair at Home - Step by Step!


How to trim your own hair at home

Click Here to learn the fundamentals of haircutting! Now that we have learned the fundamentals of haircutting, here are some maintenance trims to try in between your mobile in-home haircut services. Grab your cutting kit and let’s get started!


1. Invisible Split End Trim


This trim is a great way to keep on top of your split ends before they get too ragged. The great thing about this trim is that it doesn’t interfere with your haircut or create an opportunity for making a mistake that your stylist may have trouble fixing!


How to trim your own hair at home

Step 1:

In the mirror with your hair down, identify your shortest layer. Do you have equal layering around your whole cut? Face framing? Blunt cut with no layering? Your shortest layer will be the highest point of your trim.


Step 2:

Section your hair into four, and secure it with clips. This helps you break up your cut into manageable zones and ensure you cover all of your hair. From here you will be drawing down subsections about an inch wide or so. The brilliance of this trim is that you do not need to be exact when sectioning. This is also a dry haircut, as spraying your hair down will make it difficult to locate your splits.


Step 3:

Twist each subsection tightly. You will see errant hairs sticking out each and every way. These are your split ends and it’s time to bid them adieu!

How to trim your own hair at home

Step 4:

Trim the hairs sticking out from each subsection, keeping in mind not to cut above your shortest layer. Workaround the head until all sections have been trimmed.


Step 5:

Check out your refreshed locks! Do the ends feel smoother? Does your style look restored? Are you ready for a shampoo commercial shake?


 

2. Perimeter Trim


This blunt trim is ideal for straight or wavy hair, and medium to long length (below the collar bone) because it requires you to draw your hair over your shoulders. If you are looking to refresh your length while waiting for your next appointment, you can experiment with this trim and not run into any perilous hair situations.


This can be both a dry or wet cut. The benefit of having it wet is that it is easier to keep your sections in place while cutting but keep in mind that hair does stretch when wet. Expect your hair to bounce up at least a half-inch from the length you see when wet.

How to trim your own hair at home

Step 1:

Part your hair evenly down the middle, all the way to the nape of your neck. Ensure with a mirror that it has been bisected evenly, as this will affect your cut. First, draw both sides over your shoulders combing them straight down. Assess the longest length of your hair (the perimeter). Do the ends fall evenly or do they angle shorter towards your shoulder? If they fall pretty evenly, you have a rounded or pointed perimeter. If they angle up (45°) you have a blunt perimeter. Secure both sides with clips.


Step 2:

Draw down horizontal subsections from 1/2 inch to an inch. As you draw down sections, keep in mind that your sections are small enough to see where you’ve previously cut.


Step 3:

comb your subsection so the hair falls evenly over your shoulder, there should be no tangles or snags and this prevents an even trim. Cut each subsection about a half-inch to an inch following the angle of your original length.


Step 4:

As you work your way up each side, take a moment to measure each side to ensure your cut is even. You can do this by feeling, pinching small sections of each side, and drawing them to meet at your chin. Once you snip your final subsection at the top, take time to measure throughout the whole cut.


Step 5:

Dry your hair straight, this will help you see your perimeter best. Brush or comb it so it falls evenly down your back and assess with a mirror. Are there any strands you may have missed? Is there a slight point in the middle? Using a trimmer or recruiting a loved one is helpful to perfect the little missed details.