Cutting your own hair- do you dare?

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3711  afterwash

Before                                              and after!

Tooo expensive!!!

Before recession hit, I used to go to an excellent hairdresser. He claimed that he was not only a hairdresser, but an artist and “visagist” as well. Of course, all this craftmanship had its price. A simple cut cost as much as 100 euro. He did what he said however, and was great at cutting my somewhat difficult hair.

I wanted to cut back on this cost, and I tried many different hairdressers. I paid in between 7 and 50 euro, but my hair always looked like a five-year-old had a go at it. Really. Not kidding.

Cutting your own hair… a bit of a risk, isn’t it?

I started wondering… If I cut it myself, I can’t mess this up any more than this- and I wouldn’t have to pay for it. But I always hesitated.  My best friend is a kindergarden teacher and always mocks my inability to cut in a straight line. She attributes this to the fact that I refused to crawl when I was little. I started walking immediately. (I can only imagine how annoying that must have been for my poor mother 🙂 ) My friend claims that affected my motor skills… She’s a biatch but I love her!  Anyway, if I can’t even cut paper, can I risk cutting my own hair?

Two years ago I was travelling for a couple of months, making it even more difficult to get a decent hair cut. When I arrived in Wellington, I immediately bought hairdresser’s scissors. My first attempt at cutting my hair took place at a campground with a hand mirror. Needless to say that first attempt was not one I want to remember.

When I got home I tried it again, after doing some research and having a decent mirror. This time things went a lot more smoothly!

I have medium to fine wavy hair. It tends to react badly to products and turns limp and flat or dry. I’ve had many different styles (short/long/shoulder length/spiky/choppy/conservative/…) but I like a hippie, flowy look the best.

As I don’t really use products, I need to cut in volume.

The cutting part

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3711It’s a bit disgusting, but the best time to cut your hair is if you haven’t washed it in a few days, so if it’s not really greasy but not looking its best either (it depends on your hair how long that takes)You need to cut when it is dry, because otherwise you can’t predict how your hair will behave once it’s dry!



GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3718First of all, i wanted to create more of a side swept fringe, to frame my face. To do this:

– Take the front part of your hair you want to make into a fringe.

– Tie back everything else

– Flip the front part to the opposite side of where you’d like it to fall

– Twist your hair (once!)

-cut it parallel with your parting line

-you’ve got yourself a fringe!

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Now take the top layer of your hair. Pull it to the front with the use of a comb or your fingers.

Cut it by snipping at the part sticking out of the comb.GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3727

You can do the same thing with different parts of your hair, just make sure both sides are still even (unless you’re going for an asymmetrical look, which I totally support!). The more parts you cut it in, the more layered your hair will be.

Make sure the top layer is the shortest (d’uh).


Take the top layer of the back of your head. Lift it so it is vertical (use a comb)

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snip away!

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3824 Unwashed result


Result after washing

GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3876  GSM EVA tot 30 mei 2014 3874afterwashside



I’m a happy hippie!



9 thoughts on “Cutting your own hair- do you dare?”

  1. Usually my sister does my hair styles and she cuts them too.
    But the last time I wanted a haircut, she was like.. “Don’t you want your hair longer?”
    Mine were a little longer than the shoulder level. Later on, after she left, I took the scissor and cut the way I wanted. I liked it. Not proffesional though, but it was enough for me.

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    1. That’s right. The good thing about cutting it yourself is: you know exactly what you want. I think hairdressers often overlook what you really want! (just in my experience, of course)


    1. Don’t worry! Just follow my steps, use a decent mirror and scissors, don’t cut too much, and you’ll be fine- But I understand your fear- it could go wrong as well 😉


        1. Yes I did, I have some friends who are hairdressers and they told me that if you just use a regular pair of scissors you’re basically ruining your hair. So you need to buy them especially. I bought one pair in NZ but I ordered another pair online (ebay)- very cheap and good scissors!


            1. No, no kitchen scissors 😀 I thought my hairdresser friends were overreacting, so I tried it, but let me tell you: I only tried it once 😀 if you need any more advice, please let me know, and if you should take the plunge: I would love to see some pics! Good luck!


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