Hair Cutting - How to Cut Your Own Hair in Layers
Haircuts are Expensive!
Cutting hair at home
With the economy the way it is, it just a waste of money to spend about $200 a month on family haircuts. And this is "frugal", just a normal shampoo and cut. Other things, like getting a permanent wave of having streaks put in would double the $200 easily. No doubt about it, styling has become a luxury.
I found I can save a lot of money by cutting my own hair and that of my family's. There is nothing to it, and it's actually kind of fun. The "cha-CHING!" sound rings in my ears as I keep the fifty I would have otherwise "parted" with!
The only upfront investments are a plastic sheet like - clothing guard and shears, which can be purchased at the drugstore for about the same price as a basic haircut.
Find a comfortable chair and good light, and you are ready to begin. I sometimes put newspaper on the floor to make clean-up easier, so you can try that.
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Dirty Hair Cuts Better
Easier and Less Flyaway
The ideal way, I have found, is cut dirty hair! It doesn't slide around so much which makes it easier to cut. (Hair dye is best applied to dirty hair too.. to protect the hairline from harmful and itchy chemicals. If you scratch, the color doesn't work so well.. so you end up with a bad dye-job. Just sayin'.) The sections usually stay segregated better too. After the cut, you will be washing anyway, so it makes sense to let it get a little bit oily before you start.
The Ultimate Smarty-Pants Routine
If you color your hair like I do, the really super routine is to color the hair at home when it is dirty. Not only will you use less color (it's bad for your scalp anyway) it creates a more natural, less chemical look. Then, let it get a little dirty again, and cut it. Shampoo and style it.
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Step by Step - the Basics
Styling and Sectioning
The Basic How To's
Methods to the Madness
My husband is the easiest of all. Not much hair on his head to begin with, sectioning off and cutting is as easy as pie. Then combing into place, make a half-circle around the lower bottom edge around the back collar, and carefully razor blade away the back-of-the-neck fuzzies.
Sectioning Off the Hair
First liberally, then in tiny (about 1/4 inch or a bit more) slice of hair. Sections are usually
- around the face,
- crown (top of head) to ear,
- four large sections at the crown (divided up into tinier sections of course), and
- the back.
Brush the hair forward, towards the face.
Using a rat-tail comb, about 1-1/2 inches of hair brush forward and hold out from the face. Now trip the hair - let it be a half inch - with shears pointed upwards, so that you are cutting "uphill". Continue. Try to cut exactly 1/2 inch from each section, using either classic hair clips or butterfly style "grabbers" to keep the hair properly controlled while you cut.
Cutting the hair "uphill" - Perhaps the most important tip
To avoid the straight harsh line, trim the hair on a slight angle, upwards. THIS IS NOT LEFT TO RIGHT UPHILL, BUT rather uphill at a 90% angle of the sectioned off piece. Like you are stabbing the hair blockade, pierce the wall and CHOP. This allows the hairs to blend in and provides a more natural look.
Come on, Mom! Are we done yet?
Young kids squirm a lot, so putting them in front of the TV is a good plan to keep them occupied. A lollypop is also a good idea. I used to give my son a comic book or cellular phone to play with but the head is too far down and that can be a problem. Better let him watch a TV show as a distraction.
Girls or long hair trims - I chopped my daughter's hair across the bottom but only after sectioning off the back of her head with a mini ponytail in the back. Again, trim the ponytail hair "uphill" to get rid of any and all split ends, then trim the back. To tell you the truth, I think it looks every bit as good as when she had it done at the stylist's.
Warm Air Brush Stylers Add Body!
Long hair cuts Male or Female
A small pony tail sectioned off at the crown works better than to simply chop across. Do it in two levels for a more natural, blended in effect in the back.
TO avoid the "escaped from a mental hospital" or the Raw Chop look, section each hair square (like 2x2 Inches) with a clasp. Again, comb upwards to see that the ends are even and in alignment. Chop. Repeat. Ideally about ten hair clasps will do. It takes a little longer, but the result is more subtle, better blending, and a fuller look. Easy does, it, turn on the radio, take your time. So now you know why most stylists have the gift of gab :)
Bangs are a little bit scary. I remember my mom cutting mine using Scotch Tape on my forehead. That was pretty weird. Anyway, like everywhere else, you need to part the hair into tiny sections within the front - of the - face section. To explain, part off three horizontal sections, but when you chop hold the hair vertically. Pin back and continue. It takes about three sections to give a natural looks so if you goof it won't be obvious. Remember, holding the hair up, with scissors pointed upward, chop uphill towards the crown. It can be done ;) So just go ahead and do it.
After the cut, a shampoo is essential to get rid of tiny hairs that will scratch you and irritate later.
If you have long hair, bend at the waist to dry the nape first, this adds body. Dry hair also keeps your clothes from getting damp. Now straighten up and begin styling. Less is more - air dry at least 50% to avoid an overly dry scalp or damaged hair, especially if you color your hair.
Creme or Gel?
Getting a little of the subject, I prefer creme. The gel looks just too plastic when it dries. I take about a nickel to a quarter's worth for styling while the hair is just a little moist, not completely dry. It seems to respond better that way, with a little hydration. I hit the dry ends first, then the scalp and rub it through my hair as I style it.
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