How to Cut Your Own Hair at Home According to a Professional Hairstylist

Plus, common mistakes to avoid!

If you haven't attempted to cut your hair four months into this quarantine, congratulations—you have self-control. But, by now you might actually be thinking that your hair desperately needs a little fixing. And you're mulling over booking an appointment with your trusty hairstylist or finally caving and doing a little snip snip of  your own too. If you do end up choosing the latter, good news is, many have attempted this feat before you which means you can learn from their mistakes. Because if you must do it, might as well do it right. So we asked salon owner Mark Rosales of Marqed Salon, who also happens to be a go-to hairstylist of celebs like Gabbi Garcia, Klea Pineda, and much more, to give us some expert advice. We asked the hairstylist what he thinks people usually get wrong when cutting their own hair and this is what he had to say. "Don’t be impulsive and cut your hair slowly. Don't be too frustrated if it comes out uneven. Remember: your hair grows." 

 

Photo via @markanthonyrosales

 

Cutting your hair can also help keep it healthy before your next salon trip. "Trimming can get rid of dry hair. The ends of our hair is the oldest part, so they have the least nutrients and are quite brittle and vulnerable." Moreover, while you might get your hair washed and conditioned before a haircut at salons, Mark advises to stick with dry cutting for length accuracy. That is, not wetting your hair right before cutting it, as it may not look the same when it dries.


Scroll below to see a breakdown of materials you'll need and a step by step guide from Mark. Happy cutting! And remember, don't stress about it too much. Hair grows out eventually. 


What you need:

  1. Scissors (not kitchen scissors as it can cause split ends!)
  2. Tail Comb
  3. Cape (you can also DIY one using a garbage bag or just a towel)
  4. Clips
  5. Barber brush / a clean makeup brush 

How to cut your hair:

  1. Understand your face frame.

"Haircut is all about face framing," Mark says. With this in mind, you can start the process by identifying your face shape. One way you can determine that is by pulling your hair back into a ponytail, and look directly into a mirror. That should give you a rough outline of your face.

 

photo via Pinterest

 

  1. Look for a peg or guide

From there, you can search up what kind of haircut compliments your face shape. "For example if you have prominent cheekbones, you can add soft layers," Mark shares. Having a visual guide can be a big help in imagining how your hair will turn out. Of course, you don't have to copy it to a t, a little interpretation is welcomed. We're not professionals after all! 

 

 

Photo via @markanthonyrosales

 

  1. Prepare your materials.

Now that you have your guide, put all of the materials in one place so you won't have to look for everything when you're actually cutting your hair. Constantly walking around can disturb your positioning and might affect the turn out.

 

  1. Go in sections. 

Mark advises to divide your hair into four sections and start cutting your hair at the nape area for precision-cutting. You can work your way from there. Remember to not be too haste and take your time!

 

Written by Chin Ann Obiedo

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