How To Trim Your Own Hair At Home If You Can't Be Bothered To Visit The Salon

My boyfriend's sister bravely let me demonstrate how for you.
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My boyfriend's sister bravely let me demonstrate how for you.

We all know the number-one rule of having beautiful, long, flowing hair one day: regular trims. Trimming split ends off regularly--every 8 to 12 weeks is recommended--allows your hair to grow with less breakage and thinning. 

Since we here are such a tight knit, close community, I feel I can be completely honest with you: ain’t nobody got time for that. Seriously. I don’t mean to revive an overused meme, but it’s the truth.

For most of us, frequent trips to the hairdresser equal time and money lost, not to mention heartbreak when a “small trim” turns into what is essentially a loss of what you have been growing out for the past few months. We’ve all been there. 

When all these factors leave you frustrated, with split ends and little hope, you can trim your hair at home in desperation with this easy trick I have learnt. 

Before we begin, let’s talk scissors. If you aren’t prepared to use the correct scissors, you might as well leave those ends intact, because using dull shears will give you split ends anyway. In other words, do not use your kitchen scissors, do not use your nail scissors, do not use your paper scissors, do not use your gardening scissors, do not use your craft scissors. You need “for my hair only” scissors; you can buy decent shears at a beauty supply store. They don’t even have to be expensive, as long as they’re sharp enough.

Now that my hefty disclaimer is out of the way, let us begin. But, again, only with the correct scissors. I’m trusting you on this.

First, you need to separate your hair into four sections, starting with equal sections down the back, and another section from behind your ear. Make sure your sectioning is even. Brush the hair to ensure that it is smooth.

Can I just take this opportunity to say that my boyfriend’s sister is the bravest person in the world for letting me do this to her. I also feathered the front of her hair after, but that’s strictly off the record.

Can I just take this opportunity to say that my boyfriend’s sister is the bravest person in the world for letting me do this to her. I also feathered the front of her hair after, but that’s strictly off the record.

Now, doing each section at a time, twist the hair you are working on.

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Very carefully, run your fingers along the twist to loosen up any shaggy, stray hairs. Slowly, trim away any loose split ends you see in your twist. Better to be precise than make any mistakes.

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Once that is done, go to the bottom of your twist and trim off the length. Be sure to trim off enough that all the white-dotted split ends are gone.

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When you’re done, put your scissors parallel to the hair and cut into the twist a little bit. This is just to ensure your hair isn’t cut dead-straight (although the twisting mechanism also helps with this a lot).

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All done! Move onto the next section and repeat. Make sure to sit straight and keep a track of the amount of hair you are taking off each twist. You can pull the hair forward toward your chin when you are done to measure any inconsistencies.

This method really does work but, as I have mentioned a million times, only if your scissors are correct and only if you have some patience. I wouldn’t recommend doing any big chops this way, but I’m not here to tell you how to live your life (but please don’t give yourself a pixie cut with this method). This is really just an I-need-to-get-rid-of-these-gross-ends-but-I-have-no-money-or-time sort of technique. The INTGROTGEBIHNMOT technique, if you will.

Have you ever cut your own hair? Would you try the INTGROTGEBIHNMOT technique?