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How To Cut And Style Your Own Hair At Home

By Olivia DiPede

If you’ve ever been curious about cutting your hair at home, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you! Depending on your hair type, there are different ways to effectively cut your hair. When it comes to cutting your hair at home, start small before making any huge changes. This will help avoid any major mistakes!

We suggest leaving the big changes to the pros, but there’s no harm in attempting a simple trim at home if your hair really needs it. Follow along as we round up our tips and tricks for cutting and styling your own hair at home and guides for each hair type.

Tip: Invest In The Tools You’ll Need

Before starting to cut your hair at home, it’s important to research the proper tools you’ll need to create the most successful outcome. One piece of advice we definitely suggest following is to never use your standard kitchen scissors to cut your hair at home!

Invest in professional cutting sheers similar to those used in a hair salon. They’re sharper and more precise, which gives the hair a clean edge appearance once cut. Another useful tool suggestion is a double-edged comb which has both fine and wide teeth to help you accurately part your hair before cutting.


Tip: Cut Less Than You Think To Begin

One of the most important tips to consider before cutting your hair is to always cut less than you think. You can always cut more if you feel it is necessary, but you can’t reverse the damage once you’ve cut too much. We suggest starting slow, then cutting a little at a time and re-evaluating in between each cut until you’re happy with how it looks.


Tip: Be Aware Of Your Natural Hair Texture

Before starting, consider the texture of your hair and how it will cut. For example, if your hair is curly or wavy, we suggest cutting your hair while it’s dry so that it’s easier to tell exactly how much you’re cutting.

On the reverse side, if your hair is straight, it will be easier to cut when it’s wet since it will give you the cleanest and most precise cut possible. If you do decide to cut your hair wet, remember that it will look even shorter when it dries, so you’ll want to cut off less.


Split Ends

One of the easiest and most straightforward haircuts is giving yourself a simple trim to rid your hair of split ends. There are actually a few tips you can use to trim your split ends without changing the shape or style of your hair. Cutting split ends is a great way to extend the length of time between going to the salon for a full haircut. This video gives some useful tips and tricks for cutting split ends from the comfort of your own home.

Straight Hair

If you have straight hair, you’re in luck when it comes to cutting your hair at home since straight hair is quite simple to cut. There are a few different techniques you can use depending on if your hair is tapered or bluntly cut at the ends. Check out this guide for some tips and tricks for cutting straight hair at home.

Long Layers

If you have long layers in your hair, this is another style that can be cut at home with a few tips and tricks! Layers typically involve face-framing, angled cuts which can help thin out the hair and give it more body. While layers are definitely a little more difficult to achieve at home than a blunt hairstyle that just requires one straight cut, it’s still possible with the right technique.

Check out this video with guidelines on how to cut long, wispy layers into your hair at-home.

Curly Hair

If you have coarse, curly hair, it’s typically best to leave it to the professionals when it comes to cutting your hair since it can tend to be a little more complicated. If you’re committed to learning the at-home technique, however, the key is sectioning the hair and starting slow with minor snips before taking too much off.

It’s also important with curly hair to realize that it’s typically best to cut with dry hair so you can tell exactly how short it’s going to be afterward. For more detailed tips and tricks on cutting curly tresses, check out this guideline video.

Blunt Bob

If you have hair that hits at the shoulder or a bob, there’s a whole different technique to cutting your hair at home! Blunt bobs typically involve choppy layers which mean smaller, sharper snips at various angles to achieve the look. Check out this guideline for cleaning up your blunt bob at home.

Pixie Cut

When it comes to pixie cuts, a little more patience is definitely required with an at-home chop. Since pixie cuts include shorter strands of hair, it makes it that much more obvious if a mistake occurs. Luckily there are quite a few guides that can help you trim your pixie cut at-home!

Some tips include parting your hair evenly and precisely and using clips to create sections. We also highly recommend using a clipper for this hairstyle alongside sheers for the most accurate cuts.


It’s no secret that bangs are quite high maintenance since they require frequent cuts to stay out of your face! If you’re unable to get to a hair salon, there are a few simple techniques you can use at home to give your bangs a little trim. Whether you have blunt front bangs, side-swept bangs, or curtain bangs, there are a few different tips you should learn to keep your bangs looking clean and chic at home.


Olivia loves all things beauty, fitness and health. In her free time, she can be found taking yoga classes, visiting Sephora and creating content for her personal lifestyle blog. She loves to travel to new countries, read thriller novels and spend time with her family.

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