How to use hairdressing scissors for DIY haircuts

How to use hairdressing scissors for DIY haircuts


Using hairdressing scissors for DIY haircuts requires careful planning and execution to achieve satisfactory results. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you use hairdressing scissors for a DIY haircut at home:

Materials Needed:

  • High-quality hairdressing scissors
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Sectioning clips
  • Spray bottle with water (for dampening hair)
  • Mirror

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Workspace:
    • Choose a well-lit area with a large mirror. Place a clean towel around your shoulders to catch any hair trimmings.
  2. Start with Clean, Damp Hair:
    • Wash and condition your hair before cutting. Dampening the hair can make it easier to cut and gives you a more accurate length.
  3. Comb Through Your Hair:
    • Use a fine-toothed comb to remove any tangles or knots. Comb your hair thoroughly to ensure an even cut.
  4. Section Your Hair:
    • Divide your hair into sections using sectioning clips. This helps you work on one section at a time, making the process more manageable.
  5. Set Your Desired Length:
    • Decide on the length you want to achieve and use the comb to lift a small section of hair to that length. Hold the hair between your fingers and use it as a guide for cutting.
  6. Cut Small Sections at a Time:
    • Start cutting small sections of hair at a time. Use the hairdressing scissors to make clean, straight cuts. Be cautious not to cut too much at once to avoid uneven results.
  7. Check for Evenness:
    • Regularly check for evenness by comparing both sides of your hair. Use the mirror to assess the overall balance and adjust as needed.
  8. Create Layers or Texture (Optional):
    • If you want to create layers or texture, use a comb to lift sections of hair at different angles and cut at varying lengths. This technique adds dimension to the haircut.
  9. Trim the Ends:
    • Focus on trimming the ends to achieve a neat and polished look. Keep in mind that blunt cuts create a straight, even line, while point cutting adds texture and softness.
  10. Trim Bangs (if applicable):
    • If you have bangs, use the comb to section them off and trim them to your desired length. Be cautious not to cut too short initially; you can always trim more if needed.
  11. Blend and Check for Symmetry:
    • Blend the cut sections by combing through the hair. Check for symmetry by comparing both sides and make any necessary adjustments.
  12. Dampen and Reassess:
    • If your hair has dried during the cutting process, dampen it again with the spray bottle and reassess for any uneven areas.
  13. Final Check in Different Lighting:
    • After finishing the haircut, check your hair in different lighting conditions to ensure an even and well-blended appearance.
  14. Clean and Maintain Scissors:
    • After use, clean the hairdressing scissors with a soft cloth to remove any hair or debris. Apply a drop of scissor oil to the pivot point for smooth operation.

Remember that practice makes perfect, and DIY haircuts may take some time to master. If you're attempting a more complex style or have any doubts, consider consulting with a professional hairstylist for advice or assistance.

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