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Simple Ways to Cut Your Own Hair at Home

Many women can relate to having a sudden impulse to cut their own hair when boredom strikes. If you're reading this, chances are you've tried cutting your own bangs at least once, and it probably ended up not as good as you wanted it to be. 

Cutting your own tresses is totally doable, but, sadly, making your own bangs isn't recommended. It's easy to assume that a new fringe is simple enough to DIY, but if you've been doing it on numerous occasions already and never once achieved something flaunt-worthy, then you should know by now that it's best to leave that to the pros.

So then, what great styles can we achieve with our own pair of professional hair styling shears? Let's find out below:

1. A Trim

A bit underwhelming, but starting small is key. If the ends of your locks are already looking dull and dry, then it's definitely time to trim them. Trimming regularly is essential, especially if you've applied chemical treatments to your hair. Those products can fray our hair strands and result in dullness and split ends.

To trim your own hair, grab a 1-inch section and hold it up with your fingers, bringing the ends in a downward angle pointed towards you. Using a pair of shears, trim the split ends sticking out from the section of your locks wrapped around one of your fingers. Gradually slide down your fingers until you're only grabbing the ends, and chop off the frayed strands and the split ends.

If this technique doesn't work on you, try the twisting method. Simply grab a 1-inch section, and tightly twist it in a clockwise manner. You should see the split ends sticking out from the twists. Trim them from the top down to the ends, and when you're done, re-twist your locks counterclockwise, and repeat the trimming procedure.

2. Shoulder-length Layers

Sounds a bit intimidating, but a popular hack for achieving this superbly is the "unicorn ponytail" method. Just tie up your locks in a high ponytail, making sure there aren't bumps. Your hair should be completely flat against your skull.

With regards to how high your ponytail should be, that depends on the length of layers you want to achieve. The higher you go, the shorter the layers will be. Settling it on the crown of your head will result in longer layers.

After tying your hair, flip your head over then grab the ponytail, and cut straight across with your shears. The results will be sharp-angled layers, which will make you look a bit fierce and chic.

3. Freshening Up the Fringe

The only time you can cut your own bangs at home is when you already have them to begin with. That way, you can just trim them to freshen them up. 

Using a comb, gather all your bangs to your forehead. Next, separate them from the rest of your locks by making a triangle-shaped division. Pull all your fringe with your fingers, and decide how much you want to trim, which should not be a lot.

Next, flip the ends of your bangs upward, and start cutting at an angle with your shears. Don't cut straight across! Point the shears like a clock's hand at seven o'clock, and work slowly.

When cutting your own hair, always use a pair of shears, never kitchen or art scissors because their dull edges may give you more split ends, and potentially, contamination. Cut less than you think you need to; you can always go back to cut more until you're satisfied.

Working with a damp hair is alright, but it will appear even shorter after it dries up, so just keep them dry to be sure with the length. When in doubt, just go for a trim and don't risk a disastrous haircut.

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