Not too long ago it was quite normal for people to d a DIY haircut at home. Then barber shops opened up and people got jobs rather than being in agriculture and a whole new industry of hair care opened up. It was working out great but then the pandemic hit and suddenly it was no longer safe to be in such close proximity to another person. Suddenly, the long-lost tradition of cutting hair at home was brought back from the grave, unwillingly, to some extent.
However, it is back, and it might be here for a while. For some people, cutting hair at home is still about safety and security but for some, it is close to being a passion and having complete control over their style. If you want to cut your hair at home, here are some tips that will help.
Have A Style In Mind
There is no harm in just picking up a pair of scissors and exploring how you look when you strategically cut out chunks of your hair. The apprehension lies in the fact that if you make a mistake, you can end up looking silly. If you don’t mind that, you can always explore, but a smarter way is to start out with a picture of what you want to be done to your hair or at least a style that interests you.
This will help to fight the urge to do something absolutely crazy with your hair and get yourself into a hairy situation. When you know you want shoulder-length hair you’ll know not to cut from right underneath your ear lobes no matter what angle you look at it from.
Speaking of angles, try to have as many as you can. It would be even better if you could get a friend, neighbor, sibling, or anyone else who is willing to sacrifice their time, to be the eyes at the back of your head.
This way you will be getting live feedback about what you should or shouldn’t do, and maybe even some useful suggestions. Mirrors are among the most vital tools for stylists so, if possible, get as many as you can to give you a complete view of your haircut. Ideally, you should have people there to help you out, but if that is not possible, then you can always use the camera on your phone. Position it close to the regions where you want to cut your hair and visualize the final look before actually making the first cut.
As is the case with any other kind of job, the quality of the tools that you have will play a huge role in how well you can cut your hair and even the kinds of styles that you can do. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that a simple shaver and a pair of scissors from the kitchen will do the job.
On the contrary, hair cutting scissors might look like common scissors but it is a highly specialized bit of kit. Similarly, if you are buying a shaver, then go for one that has multiple heads that you can use rather than trying to vary hair length through the standard blade on the machine. You can make your life so much easier and the process that much safer just by having the right tools for the job. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on different bits of equipment then consider getting a starter kit. This will have everything you need and if you need something specific you can always buy more kits.
Sometimes you make one cut and it completely changes everything. That’s why it’s important to test every idea on a small patch of hair to see how it looks before you expand it to your entire head. Try out the new cutting angle, the new blade, or whatever it is that you want to try on a small portion, preferably in a place that won’t be too prominent on your head. If it looks good then continue; if not you can always hide it under the rest of the hair.
One of the things that people forget to do at home when cutting their hair is to properly prepare the hair for the process. When you get a professional hairstylist they will always start off with a good wash to get the hair in its neutral state and then start making changes. If your hair is tangled up, curled, oily, or in any other state, then you aren’t getting a clear picture of what its current condition is and you are working on a tilted surface. The best time to cut your hair is after a shower so that both you and your hair are fresh.
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