Cutting Your Own Hair…I think we’ve all been there before. You get that split second idea of “I think I’m going to cut my hair.” I know, CRAZY. Instead of doing it the logical way, you grab your mom’s crafting scissors and start chopping away. And then…it goes TERRIBLY wrong.
How It Happened
About a month and a half ago I decided I wanted to layer my hair. I was simply just bored with my straight cut and wanted to spice it up a bit. I then grabbed some scissors and began my project. Immediately, I realized that I had made a HUGE mistake. I had messed my hair up, and before I could think of a way to react, I was already crying. I had no choice but to cut it all short. Due to the fact that I was crying, my hair was COMPLETELY uneven. Oh yeah, did I mention my mom wasn’t home, and I never gave her the heads up? Yeah, not the best decision.
When my mom got home, I walked up to her and said “Hey mom,” with a nervous laugh. She turned around and gasped saying, “What did you do?” I then had to explain what happened, and she was not pleased.
The next day, my mom and I set up an appointment to get my hair fixed up. I didn’t like my hair as short as it was when I cut it, and I knew I wouldn’t like it after I visited the hairdresser. I was terrified of what was to come in a few hours.
At The Salon
When I got to the salon, I shared my experience with the kind lady who was fixing my hair. She was very understanding and even gave me a few tips if I ever wanted to cut my hair myself again. Since it’s coming from a professional, of course I’m going to take her advice! I also developed my own tips that have helped me greatly as well.
1. ALWAYS GET HELP
When cutting your own hair it gets very hard when it comes to doing the back of your head. Going to cut your own hair? It won’t hurt to get an extra set of hands to help you. I suggest maybe a coordinated adult. Just ask mom or dad and they may be very pleased to help you SAVE MONEY!
2. Take it step-by-step
Instead of jumping straight into cutting your hair, start with the bottom layer of your hair and make your way up. This will increase your chances of getting your hair even the first time. Who wouldn’t want that?
3. Use VERY sharp scissors
I don’t suggest you go grabbing the kitchen scissors when cutting your hair. You want to always use the sharpest scissors you have. If you don’t use scissors that are sharp enough, it could lead to split ends. Split ends? Scary!
4. Add an inch or two
Just in case you do end up getting uneven hair, it’s good to cut an inch or so lower than the length you want your hair. Even if your hair does come out even in the end, you may end up liking it a little longer than you originally wanted it.
5. Straighten your hair
If you have curly hair, it is best if you straighten it before you start cutting, especially if you usually straighten your hair. This will guaranty that your hair will not only be nice and even when it’s natural, but also when you decide to straighten it. You get the best of both worlds!
Just a little voice of reason, if you are the least bit hesitant or have the smallest idea that you may not like the outcome of your hair, you may not want to go about cutting your own hair. I highly suggest you ask your parents before going crazy with the craft scissors. Learn from my mistake!
Here’s a little four minute video of different ways you can cut your hair to get it the way you’d like.
Saving Money On Hair Cuts
Some people get their hair cut or trimmed at least every 6 months. That would cost at a range of $40-$80 a year. Even more people get their hair cut every six to eight weeks. I got lucky and ended up spending only $20 for my haircut at the salon.
Also, a great way to save money on haircuts is COUPONS! Who doesn’t love them? You could check online, in-store, or even your local newspapers. They are a great way to save more instead of spending more. However, if you find the perfect hairstyle that’s right for you and start cutting your own hair, you could save up to $80(or more) depending on where you go to get your haircut and how often you get it cut. Imagine how much you could get from the Thrift Store with $80 bucks!
At the end of the day, I ended up falling in love with my hair! Also, my dilemma ended up teaching me a valuable lesson about saving money when it comes to hair care. I was beyond pleased with the tips my hairdresser gave me, and even left her a nice tip myself.
I guess everything does happen for a reason.