Listen, I’ll be the first to tell you that if you’ve never cut your own hair, it’s not freakin’ easy, and I don’t recommend it lightly. Haircutting requires tons of skill and practice (yup, even if your TikTok feed has convinced you otherwise), so unless you want to look like a meme, pls consider holding off on the DIYs until you can see a professional. That said, if you’re in dire need of a trim (see: your bangs are officially covering your eyes and your split ends are out of control), and you’ve got the proper tools on hand (more on that below), I give you permission to proceed with caution, k?
And by “caution,” I mean bright, flashing, yellow lights in the form of videos, guides, and tutorials—all of which I’ve laid out below. So keep reading (and then read again) to find everything you’ll need to learn how to cut your own hair, from the exact shears you should be using to the step-by-step instructions.
Should you cut your own hair wet or dry?
Alright, there’s technically no right answer here, since cutting your hair wet or dry is all about personal preference. In general, though, if you’re going for a sleek or blunt look, pros recommend cutting your hair wet (or damp) to get the cleanest edge possible. Completely dry hair is the way to go for curls, waves, or layers, since you’ll have a better idea of what the end product will look like (read: you won’t be crazy-surprised when your hair looks two inches shorter when it dries and shrinks).
Still not sure what’s best for your at-home haircut? If you’re cutting your own hair for the first time, think back to your favorite salon haircut—did your stylist cut it wet or dry? Recreate that same setup if you’re going for a similar ~lewk~.
Can you cut your hair with normal scissors?
PSA: You cannot cut your hair with kitchen scissors (!!!). There’s a reason hairstylists use professional shears—the sharp, precise blades make it so much easier to get a clean edge. If you use a pair of regular ol’ scissors, there’s a way higher chance you’ll wind up with split ends, so do yourself a favor and invest in a pair of shears before you get started. Heads up that you’ll also want to order a double-edged comb (the wide and fine teeth help you section off your hair) and no-slip hair clips for easy separating. An ultra-smoothing flat iron is optional but encouraged—especially if you’re giving yourself a blunt cut.
How to Trim Your Natural Hair Without Heat
This DIY haircut tutorial is perfect for trimming natural hair and curls without heat. In addition to shears and separating clips, you’ll need three tools to detangle and smooth your hair before you cut: a wide-tooth comb, a detangling brush, and a fine-tooth comb. Follow along for the surprisingly simple steps.