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How to cut your hair at home

Beauty & Grooming

Many of us are picking up the scissors and taking control of our own haircuts. Here’s what you need to know to get it right.

We’re having to be more hands-on in our lives than ever before. We’re baking our own bread, learning instruments, potting (and even propagating) houseplants, decorating and, of course, cutting our own hair.

Cutting your own, or someone else's hair can be a daunting task but that shouldn’t put you off. According to Google, online searches for a DIY haircut are up 1379%, so it would seem that many of us are keen to take matters into our own hands.

So, whether you’re cutting your own hair, or relying on someone in your household to do it for you, here’s what you need to know...

Use the right tools

While convenient, your kitchen or nail scissors are not suitable for cutting your hair. They are not sharp enough and they won’t create a precision cut. Order yourself a pair of hair scissors to get the job done properly. Other items you will need include hair grips to section your hair and a fine-toothed comb so you can pull each hair into a uniform shape before taking the scissors to it.

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Always cut dry hair

It certainly seems a lot easier to cut wet hair but you will get a far better result cutting your hair whilst it is dry. This is especially true if you have curly or coily hair. Your hair not only looks completely different when it is wet, it is structurally different too. Your curl pattern will be irregular and your hair will also be just that bit longer when it is wet, giving you a false sense of its length. Always cut your hair dry so you can better judge the results as you go.

Master the cutting technique

Hairdressers train for years to hone their skills so set your expectations accordingly. Divide your hair into sections, using your hair clips to keep everything in place, so that you’re only working on a small area at a time. Make small cuts so you can spot mistakes and correct them quickly and be sure to have a mirror in front of you and behind so you can check the back of your hair. If you live with someone, call on them occasionally to check the back too.

Thick, straight ends can make your hair look bulky. The easiest way to soften the ends and create some movement is to turn your scissors vertically and make shallow upwards cuts from the ends. Don’t go overboard, a little here-and-there is enough to create swishy, healthy-looking ends.

If you have long hair and you want to sharpen up your layers, scoop your hair forwards, over your forehead, and gather it into a ponytail at the front of your head. Trim just the very tips of your hair and then let the ponytail down. This will give you a very subtle layered affect.

Maintain your colour

By now, bottled colour and highlights are looking a little worse for wear, as time, UV light and even hair washing, can distort hair colour turning it brassy. Use an at-home hair mask such as Satinique Revitalizing Mask once a week on shampooed hair to restore vibrancy. Formulated with ENERJUVE plus Grape Seed Extract and Kukui Seed Oil, this deeply nourishing and conditioning mask will help to restore shine and intensity to fading colour.

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Don’t forget to style

It’s easy to overlook the finishing touches when you’re not going out in public as often as you used to, but refining your style, and using the right products to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and glossy, will help you feel your best. A mist of Satinique Final Step Finishing Spray will tame flyaways and soften frizz, while a drop-or-two of Satinique Hair Oil Serum worked through your lengths and ends will make your hair more manageable.

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