Haircuts are one of those things I have a really difficult time shelling out money for these days, especially considering my hair is so long. I figure, how hard can it really be to cut? Instead of shelling out my cash on a cut at the salon, I decided I’d try a little experiment. I started saving my dollars and cutting my own hair. That experiment was over a couple years ago, and I’m still cutting my own hair. Turns out, I prefer to have the forty odd bucks to spend on something else! When I was overdue for a trim, I decided to document my DIY haircut method in case there was someone else out there crazy enough to be searching online for ways to cut their own hair.
My hair cutting method won’t work for shorter hair; you’ll need to be able to pull your hair up into a high or semi-high ponytail with length left to cut while pulled up. If you’ve seen me in photos before, you already know that my hair is long. Here’s a photo so you can see the length prior to cutting. Is it even all in the photo? Sheesh… I think I need more than a trim this time.
DIY Layered Ponytail Haircut
First things first – if you have wavy or curly hair, like mine, take the time to brush it out. Once you’ve got it brushed out, it’s time to pin it up into that high ponytail I mentioned earlier. And when I say high ponytail, I’m not kidding; you may need to harness your inner cheerleader for this. And make sure you enjoy yourself. Snap a picture to remember the moment…
Once your ponytail is take care of, run a brush through your hair again and lean your head forward, gathering the ends of your ponytail in one hand. When you’re ready, hold your hair between two straightened fingers and cut, straight across, along the bottom of your fingers. If preferred, you can work with a partner. I actually let Hubby cut my hair after he shot this photo; it made it easier for me to to let go of some length.Once you’ve gotten used to cutting your hair this way, you’ll know how high up or down on the ponytail to make your cut. If this is your first time, start by cutting off small amounts, let your hair down to check the length, and repeat until you’re happy. I was way overdue for a trim and I wanted a little length and weight taken off. I decided I’d take off 10-12 inches. If your hair is totally straight, you may want to take more time to put your hair up. Since my hair is usually pretty curly, I wasn’t as worried about getting it into a smooth, tight ponytail.
Once you’ve made the official cut, you can let your hair down and check the length. If you want it shorter, just pin it up and try again! Cutting your hair this way is especially forgiving if you have wavy or curly hair since mistakes don’t show as easily. A day or so after this haircut, Hubby snapped this “after” photo to share. What do you think? Did it turn out ok (enough)? And didn’t my youngest do a lovely job making an origami house?!For an uber frugal and self-reliant person like myself, this haircut method will continue to do just fine… at least until I decide to make a major style change. For that, I would be more inclined to seek a professional’s help. Until then? I’ll continue saving my money by trimming my own hair.
And don’t worry – you don’t have to splurge on scissors to cut with! While I wouldn’t suggest using your kitchen shears or kid’s safety scissors to trim your hair, you can get away with a cheap pair of hair cutting scissors like these stainless steal scissors I have. I’ve also had luck with a pair of scissors that came with a pair of hair trimmers.
Have you ever cut your own hair? Is hair cutting something you splurge on or do yourself?