DIY Layered Haircut

I have been cutting hair for a long, long time, but not as a professional.  The first haircut I did was probably for my sister…against her wishes…with horrible results (I honestly don’t remember, but wouldn’t be a bit surprised).  The next one was my track coach (I think he lost a bet or something — anybody remember that?).  And then my poor boyfriend who put his trust in me and I cut his bangs too short and he had to wear a hat non-stop for a week.  Surprisingly, he stayed with me and we are still married…and I am still cutting his hair!!  Good thing I got good at it relatively fast.

After we had a few kids, I started cutting their hair as well, which is tricky when they are ticklish and squirmy, or just cry through the whole thing (clippers are scary, dontcha know?).  But that served as an opportunity to hone my ninja haircutting skills.  Up until a few months ago, the only haircut I’d given myself is my bangs.  But then I decided I wanted to cut the back of my hair, and since I discovered I like the layered look, and I figured out how that is accomplished, I figured, “Why not give it a try?  What’ve I got to lose?” ….um…hair?

There isn’t a whole lot of detailed instruction I can give you, but I will try.  Be sure to take a look at the video I made so you can see what I mean and hopefully make sense of it.  DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT a professional haircutter (but I can make up words, apparently).  I do not do perfect haircuts, but I do them well enough to make me and my family happy, and I save a few bucks in the process!

Layered Haircut How-To:

  1.  To cut hair into long layers, you need to start by figuring out how long you want the top/shortest layer to be.  For me, I need to be able to pull all of my hair back into a ponytail for work, so my shortest layer needs to reach to the back of my head with an inch or two to spare so it’ll stay pulled back.
  2. Grab a section of hair from the top/front of your head and comb it straight up, holding it taught and even.  If you have slippery hair, it may help to spritz your hair with water first.  Keep in mind that wet hair is a little stretchier than dry, so if you pull it really tight and then cut, you will be cutting it a tad shorter than you think.
  3. Once the section of hair is even, and you know how much you want to cut, use good haircutting scissors to trim off the desired amount.
  4. Get another section of hair and comb it upwards WITH the section you just cut.  Cut the new section even with the first section.
  5. Continue doing this around your head until you’ve trimmed all your hair.  You may need to let go of some of the hair as it gets difficult to hold onto too much at a time.  Once you have it all trimmed, try to bring it all up together.  It should be about the same length when it’s brought straight up.  Trim any stragglers that stick way above the others.
  6. Let your hair down and comb it out.  Have someone trim the back at the very bottom if it needs to be evened out.  I like to have an extra inch or two cut there, just so the bottom isn’t too awful long.Like I mentioned before, you should watch the video so the written instructions will make more sense.  If you have any questions, please send me an email or comment below.  Also, if you would like me to make a video on how to cut boys hair, leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!


3 comments for “DIY Layered Haircut

  1. November 14, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Great job 🙂

  2. Cheryl
    January 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

    DIY does save a lot of money, and the so called “pros” strongly caution against as they knew once you try and find you can get good results yourself, you will not spend insane amounts of money in the salon. My husband started trimming my hair for me shortly after we first met. He gave me a great haircut, saves me hundreds a year. I bought a set of clippers and asked him when we were still dating if he would help me with my children after bad haircuts at the barber. He did help, but after a couple haircuts, the boys fired me and insisted he do their haircuts. OK with me, still saves me hundreds a year on their haircuts. Begrudgingly I have gotten him to do my hair color with henna, great results there as well. I have seen women spend over $125 on a cut and color, that doesn’t look as good as mine. My sister-in-law wanted my husband to color hers, but he wanted no part of it as her hair was badly cut and over processed. She is high maintenance and he doesn’t want to be blamed for the current mess. I’m ok with that, I am fine with him being my personal stylist and saving me a lot of money keeping my tresses looking great.

    • Cheri
      January 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Wow, sounds like you’ve got a great arrangement there! Fantastic! 🙂

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