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DIY Hair Cut


I got my hair cut yesterday. Yup.

Actually, I cut it myself.

Image shows a woman bent over a garbage can with the text "how to cut your own hair at home"

Don’t worry, I’ve been cutting my own hair for a while now.

Paying for a haircut really stinks, so I used to have one of my sister, or Gabriel, cut my hair. But, I got tired of having such a boring cut, so I decided to try this.

It’s easy to do, low maintenance, looks nice, and best of all, it’s definitely frugal, so I thought I’d share it with you.

You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors, a comb, and something to catch the cut hair.

The first step is to brush your hair, then brush it over your head like so:

Image shows a woman trimming her hair bent over a garbage can

Then cut it off in a straight line. I usually use a comb to pull my hair down straight, and cut it just above the comb. If that doesn’t work, try pulling it down with your fingers.

Image shows a close up of a woman cutting her own hair, bent forward

Can you tell I had some static in my hair in these pictures?

I recommend only cutting a little at a time until you get familiar with how this cut works on you.

Image shows Elise in a blue shirt showing the haircut

Voila! It’s done! I left mine pretty long because Garrett likes to twirl his fingers in my hair while he nurses…. and I’m a softy.

As far as care goes… Personally, I just wash my hair and let it air dry. I’m not a fan of blow dryers, hair gels or sprays. I could almost count the number of times I’ve had gunk in my hair on my fingers…. just sayin’.

How about you, do you have any frugal hair styling or cutting tips? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks to my sister Johanna for taking all these pictures!

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  1. I just have a quick question, the way you’ve brushed it over your head,he back part goes over top of your head or to the sides? Also,my nursing baby’s name is Garrett and my daughter’s name is Joanna too 🙂

    1. It kind of depends on the results you want. Obviously, the further the back has to go to reach the front, the longer it’s going to end up being – if that makes sense. In the pictures, you can see that the sides brushed straight down instead of over (I wasn’t leaning far enough over to get them over my head), and that made the front fairly short compared to the back.

      Also, you’re kids have GREAT names. 😀

  2. How weird is it that I was just thinking I should try cutting my own hair and then your post shows up in my Pinterest? Spooky.

    I’m going to try it!

  3. I have been cutting my hair for years also! I’ve never tried your method, but my method is similar. I flip my hair over like you, brush it all down and rubber band it together. Where I place the rubber band determines how layered and how short the haircut is. Then I just cut across like you until its all the same length from the rubber band. I take off the rubber band, flip my hair back and Voila! It’s layered and lovely! I trim my bangs to my chin and layer the sides down to meet my other layers too.

  4. I’m glad I’m not the only doing this. I started cutting my hair exactly the same way a bit over three years ago. I got tired of spending money to get my hair looking pretty much the same way as it did before I got it cut. I started off only cutting little bits because I was worried I would wreck it but now I am very comfortable doing it this way. It’s so easy.

  5. This is wonderful, thanks. I have very fine hair and refuse to pay $40 to get someone to trim it. I’m half an hour from the nearest hairdresser and it is such a bother. I’ll give it a try tonight.

    1. What about texturizing the ends?
      That’s the only reason I go to a hairdresser because I don’t know how to do that part myself.

  6. What about a cut for curly hair? I too hate paying for a hair cut or trim & get my mom to do it, but sometimes… I wish I’d gone somewhere…


    1. My daughter has curly hair and I find the the best way for me to give her an even trim it to flat iron it first then I trim it then I trim it again after she washes it because there will always be a few hairs that hang longer than the rest.

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