Cutting my own fringe is something that I've done for as long as I can remember, but picking up the scissors and trimming the lengths is a pretty recent venture. There's something almost liberating about cutting your own hair and I love being able to have complete control over the finish. Since moving to the city I've found it almost impossible to find a quality, professional hairdresser that doesn't charge a fortune, so giving it a go myself seemed like a logical transition. I can't pretend I wasn't daunted to begin with and I spent a long time faffing around, but once I'd made that initial cut it really wasn't as bad as I thought. My thorough research and personal experiences haven't made me a hairdressing pro by any means, but there are some top tips that I've picked up along the way...
- Invest. Good quality tools are a must; I used to trim my fringe using a pair of bathroom scissors and have only seen the error of my ways since investing in a pair specifically made for hairdressing. I'm not talking huge sums of money, but parting with those extra pounds may well be a decision that will save you a whole lot more in the future.
- Take your time. Don't rush. Sit in a quiet place, pop on some music and go slowly.
- Start small. It's a lot easier to trim off a little more length later than to stick hair back on, so making small, precise cuts to begin with and slowly snipping away more is the best way to go.
- Sit back. Keep checking what you're doing in a large mirror and make sure you're able to see the hair from all angles.
- Commit. Nobody wants an unfinished haircut, so know that as soon as you make that first cut there's very little going back. Believe in yourself, take a deep breath and do it. The worst that can happen is that you need to book an emergency appointment at the salon the next morning, but nothing is so bad it can't be fixed (well, almost).
I never follow any specific ritual when cutting my own hair; instead I really just go with what feels right, mimicking the movements that I've watched my own hairdressers make and keeping at it until I'm happy with the result. That said, there's a whole host of YouTube videos out there that have pointed me in the right direction to begin with. This video from Lee Stafford was my initial starting point when trimming the lengths and Gemsmaquillage's guide to cutting blunt bangs is one that I've been using since I got my full fringe cut back in almost a year ago now. I prefer both my fringe and my lengths to have quite a rough, undone finish so I don't really worry too much about cutting perfectly neat lines as I know these will eventually get messed up during styling anyway; in fact a more choppy cut tends to suit my needs a little better overall. I'll still be heading to the salon if and when I'm looking for a complete restyle, but when it comes to neatening my 'do up and keeping the price down, cutting my own hair is ticking all of the boxes at the moment.