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Getting a nice and cute haircut by yourself(tips)

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Looking good is essential and necessary, but you don’t have to go out and spend all your money on a haircut. With this tips and practices in this write-ups, you can cut your own hair at home. Just with your full pieces of equipment and clippers or styling scissors as you work your way from the sides to the back and top. With patience and an eye for detail, you’ll be rocking a nice and cute haircut.

PREPARATIONS:

look for a cute place: Cutting your hair can take up to several hours, especially if you’ve never done it before. Choose a spot where you can sit down and work without worrying about. The best place to cut hair is the bathroom, where you’ll have access to running water and a mirror.

Get a mirror: You’ll want to be able to see what you’re doing as much as possible. A large-sized mirror on your bathroom wall or medicine cabinet will help you see what you’re cutting in front or on the sides. If possible, set up a second mirror so you can see the back of your head, either hanging from the wall opposite or as a hand mirror held by someone else.
Try and wash your hair: Your hair will be easier to work with if it’s clean and snarl-free. Get your hair wet under running water and use shampoo and conditioner, rinsing both out after you’ve worked them through your hair.

Straight your hair with a comb: Run the comb through your hair and work out any knots with the comb or with your fingers. Ridding your hair of tangles beforehand will result in a cleaner, more even cut. If your hair dries out while you comb it, spritz it with water until it’s damp again. Use a detangling product to tackle particularly stubborn snarls.

Dry your hair with a towel: The best time to cut your hair is when it’s damp, but not soaking wet. If your hair’s still dripping, dry it off with a towel. Comb your hair again to get rid of any tangles made from drying it. If you cut your hair while it’s still wet, it may not lay the same way it does while it’s dry.

Section your hair into parts: Run the comb back through your hair at the outside edge of each eyebrow to make the part, then comb the hair between the part and the ear down. Do this on both sides to section off both sides of your head. Try to section your hair in a way that follows your natural part.

Cutting:

Use scissors and styling scissors: Styling scissors are best for the top and clippers are the best for the back and sides for beginners or those who want a basic haircut. Set your clippers’ guard, which controls how much hair you can cut, to “small” to make conservative cuts while you work. Avoid cutting more than 1 in (2.5 cm) of hair at a time. For more extensive cuts, see a hairstylist instead. Do not use household scissors to cut your hair, as you’re more likely to make mistakes.

Start with both sides: Use a low clipper guard around sides and, with the blade’s edge, trim from the bottom of the sides to the top. Tilt the clipper blade at an angle as you work to create an even fade with the rest of your hair. Going against your hair’s grain will result in a cleaner cut. Some clippers come with ear tapers, which help you cut above and around your ears. Use these, if available, to make cleaner cuts around the ears.

Backside: After cutting your sides, trim the back of your head from the bottom to the top as you did with the sides. To make sure you’re cutting evenly, have a friend hold up a mirror or position a mirror behind you so you can check your progress as you cut. Use the same guard length on the back and sides of your hair when performing basic, at-home haircuts.

Trim slowly: Use your fingers or a comb to raise the hair from the top of your head. Work slowly and carefully as you trim up to 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) from the top, working in small sections to keep your trim clean and even. Cuts to the hair on top of your head are more noticeable than cuts to the hair on the sides of your head. Be gentle on your head while cutting the crown, which is usually more tender than the rest of the head

Finish touches

Cut your sideburns to your desired length: you can trim your sideburns with either a safety razor or with your clippers. If you want long sideburns, trim from the bottom of your ears. If shorter, you can use the depression below your cheekbone to determine where the bottoms of your sideburns should be. Place your fingers underneath each sideburn to check that they’re even after trimming.

Taper your neckline: Use your clippers or a beard trimmer to cut the hair growing on the nape of your neck. Start with a grazing cut at the top of the neckline, then cut progressively closer as you work toward the nape of the neck.[Use a handheld mirror to examine your neckline after tapering it to make sure it looks neat and even.

Trim your bangs: If you have bangs, section it into small parts. Brush your comb through each section until up to 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) of the section pokes through the end and trim it off with your scissors.

Style your hair immediately after cutting it: After cutting your hair, part it with a comb and style it as you usually would. Decide whether you’re happy with your new style and, if not, either cut it again or visit a hairstylist to make extensive changes. If you notice any mistakes or uneven areas while styling, trim these areas again as needed

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