And I really like how it turned out
For years, my husband has been cutting his own hair. Most of the time, he just shaves it all the way off using the closest setting on the clippers, and then waits a few months and does it again. Sometimes I’ll give him a snazzy haircut that utilizes two different settings on the trimmers… fancy, I know!
And we’ve always cut our boys hair in the same manner, using the trimmers two or three times a year to give them a very close cut and then doing it again when they start to look shaggy.
But I’ve always paid someone to cut my hair. I only get it cut about once a year, so the expense is minimal. But it’s still about $35 plus tip at the salon in our little town, and it’s usually an hour and a half out of my day by the time I bike over there, get my hair cut, and bike home again.
Then yesterday, I came across “the ponytail method” of cutting your own hair. There are tons of how-to videos online, but it basically involves putting your wet hair into a ponytail on the front or top of your head, and then making one chop with a pair of scissors to remove whatever amount of hair you want. When you take it out of the ponytail, you end up with layers. This is my new cut after it dried:
And here’s a side view:
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this took me three minutes. And most of that was spent combing my wet hair into a ponytail. The actually cutting process was just a few seconds.
Obviously this only works if your hair is long enough to put in a ponytail and if you like the layered look. I think it also helps that my hair has a very tiny amount of wave to it, because it hides layering imperfections pretty well. And it’s usually up in a ponytail or a bun, which also helps to hide flaws…
I’ve been shampoo-free for about two months now, and I feel like my hair is doing really well on the no-poo method (baking soda to wash, apple cider vinegar to condition). I’m happy with it anyway!
For my female readers, have any of you tried cutting your own hair? If you’re nervous, you could wait until you’re just about to go get a haircut anyway, and then give this a try. Worse case scenario, you can always go ahead with the salon appointment and have them fix it for you. But you might just find that you love it, and that you end up with a haircut that takes all of three minutes and doesn’t cost anything at all. Have fun with it! And remember, it’s just hair. And it grows back.