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How To Cut Your Own Hair

Get past your fears, and learn to cut your own hair with these steps.


  • Step 1: Lift your hair from the back of your head to the front and decide on a length, cutting across a straight line. Then hold up your hand mirror and turn around to see how the back falls by looking at the reflection in the wall mirror.
  • TIP: Have a bad hair day hat ready just in case.
  • Step 2: Trim your neckline and snip stray hairs as you look at your neck's reflection. Pat and fix as you go, check your results, and comb it out.
  • FACT: Of 10,000 U.S. salons, more than 70 percent saw a drop in business during the 2009 recession.
  • Step 3: Pull the sides up and cut straight across so that the hair falls in layers. Then touch up around your ears and, if you have them, square your sideburns with clippers.
  • Step 4: Unclip and cut one of the side sections. Measure the side length against the front. Then do the other side.
  • Step 5: Shampoo your hair in the sink and leave the hair wet, patting dry only a little. Then comb your hair straight down on all sides.
  • TIP: Wet hair dries shorter, so be careful not to cut off too much.
  • Step 6: Part your hair in the middle and section off the front, the sides, and the back.
  • Step 7: Use hair clips to hold the sections in place. Unclip the front, pull the hair down, and cut it on a line at the bridge of your nose or at your eyebrows. Hold up the section and make sure the tips are even.
  • Step 8: Stand in front of your wall mirror and be brave. Drape the towel around your neck.

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