On Sunday, I wanted a haircut RIGHT NOW. I was done. It’s been about 4 months since my last cut, which is a lot considering I have shorter hair. Typically, my style needs to kept up approximately every 6 weeks or so to keep its shape. But I didn’t get around to it.
enter ominous music
So yesterday, after working for a little while I went to Sally’s Beauty supply and bought a pair of hair scissors ($15.00), the clips to hold up my hair ($3.00), a handheld mirror ($5.00), a spray bottle ($2.50) and a comb ($1.00). I told the women working the register what my plan was and they asked me if I had ever done it before. I told them, “nope”. That was the end of the conversation. Oh, I could have purchased some scissors for $10.00 but I got the jazzy ones for $5.00 more.
I looked up tips and tricks online and found some good advice and not so good advice. First of all, there were very few posts about how to cut/shape your shorter hair. It was either long hair or pixie cuts. This worried me slightly. I found a youtube video that was okay and it was a woman cutting her long hair short. But that was it. Some of the solid tips were to cut it when it was wet (still doesn’t make sense to me), don’t cut a lot off at once, go slowly and practice. Practice? Basically, make sure you’ve cut your bangs or something a few times so you are comfortable.
Then I just went for it. I got scissor happy at one point but after deeply cutting my finger, I slowed down. One tip was to sketch out what you wanted your cut to look like. I should have done this since I forgot I wanted to have some layers! This meant I needed to cut the layers a bit shorter despite the fact I cut the bottom to the length I wanted. So, my layers are a bit shorter than I first intentioned.
I sort of had an idea in my head about the final look but it wasn’t very concrete. What did I want? I wanted a cut where I could blow dry it and not have to use a curling iron to enhance the curls. Or put some hair junk in it and go. Seriously, this was my main motivation. Lately, my hair was looking straggly and I wanted that gone too.
Here is what I came out with! I’m proud of myself!
Actually, I am really proud of myself! I love the Bourne movies and in the first and third one the women have to change their appearance and just start hacking at their hair. It always turns out really cute. I felt I could do this too. Yep, in my brain I know a stylist went back over it and made it look better but not my heart!
If you are thinking about cutting your own hair here are my tips:
1. If you are nervous about doing stuff to your hair and/or are very particular don’t do it.
2. I promise, your hair will not look like you just stepped out of a salon. Thinking I could pull of something exactly or even similar too a salon visit would have set me up for disappointment.
3. I knew I could get it fixed if need be.
4. I’m pleased with my scissors – splurge on these if you go the diy route.
5. Be careful! The cut on my finger HURT. I had to put the band-aid on tight to help the bleeding slow. These little suckers are sharp.
6. Take it slowly. It was suggested to have a friend there too but I think this would be boring for a friend and again, I was impatient.
7. Remember hair will grow back. I’ve dyed my hair black, orange (strawberry blonde gone wrong) and blue – not all at once! I’ve had some really bad haircuts and I permed my own hair once. Since I’ve given my hair a workout I wasn’t too worried about messing up.
I have no idea if I could do it again. I’ll try and it will probably end up with a bit different of a style! While I didn’t set out to do this strictly for the money-saving piece, I’m taking the win. I like the idea of going to my stylist once or twice a year and then keeping up the style on my own. Yay! My handiwork is pretty nifty.
Have or do you cut your own hair?
What other kinds of beauty routines to you do on your own?