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Clip Your Own Layered Haircut.

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Before I cut my own hair

Before I cut my own hair

So, my hair was looking pretty straggly, my hair has been getting so heavy it’s like a torture instrument during my migraines, and I also just plain wanted a change. I really wanted layers. However, penny pinching peach that I be, I also didn’t want to pay bakoodles for a stylist, wind up with shorter hair than I want to have or any other scary scenario that was running through my stringy haired head. I decided to research cutting my own hair into long layers. I did some research online and became entirely overwhelmed, so made an inquiry on a homesteading site about whether anyone there had cut their own hair. I got alot of great advice, and viewed a few videos they shared. I picked the one I’ll share below that I particularly liked due to the simplicity of the method, but adapted it to be softer by taking the advice given not to pull my hair too far forward or to cut at too sharp of angles or take off too much at once to start off.

I decided to just go for it. I bought a pair of decent hair cutting scissors at CVS while I was out running errands, then both of my munchkins miraculously took a nap at the same time after we got home. I went to work, washing and conditioning my hair and then following the basic techniques from the video until I was fairly satisfied with the results. It was actually pretty easy to do, to my surprise, even for someone who had never cut human hair before! I am rather happy with the results, too, since my hair is much lighter and has more “bounce” to it. :)

HereĀ is the after photo of my new hair do. (Excuse the cruddy selfies, but noone over the age of 4 was around to take a before or for a few days to take a photo after.) What do you think?

After I cut my own layers

After I cut my own layers

Have you ever cut your own hair or someone else’s, without formal training? Would you like to try? It isn’t for everyone, so please don’t blame me if you try it and wind up looking like a hairless chihuahua with those craaaaaazzzzzy sprigs sprouting off the top of your noggin! :) I’m pretty artistic by nature, and can draw, cut and trim paper, fabric and other materials accurately with ease, so that made me a little more comfortable attempting my own hair cut. If I couldn’t draw a stick figure or cut in a straight line or curve at will, I would swallow my penny pinching tendencies and cough up the dough for a professional hair cut every single time. It’s not worth doing a royal hack job on my hair to save the bucks! :)

Also, please note that on my first attempt I didn’t do anything super drastic. Keep in mind that you can always cut more hair off if your hair isn’t quite the shape you want or as short as you’d like, but you can’t just tape those locks back on. :)

Here’s the video I used as a sort of guideline, if anyone wants to watch it themselves. I don’t know this person. Someone on Facebook shared the video with me, among others, and this one I liked because it was so easy to follow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brmQhv6Uw1g

Has anyone else went out of their comfort zone recently, whether to save money or learn a new skill? I’m a wee bit proud of myself for trying this, since it was wayyyyyy outside of my comfort zone, to say the least. :)

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