I’m seriously considering cutting my own hair

I can live without a lot of things. And, for the past year and half, I have done as much. But one thing that I have made a priority is getting regular hair cuts since I’ve been thirteen. Every three months I’ve saved up the thirty dollars necessary to get someone to trim/cut my hair for me.

I have prioritized getting a haircut every three months because it’s absolutely true what ‘they say’, frequent trims will lead to longer, healthier hair. Three months would have been the beginning of March. I actually had an appointment for March 10th but when everything went down with my uncle’s passing, I postponed getting my hair cut. And… well here we are. Quarantine has been ongoing since mid-March and will last at least until June at this point. My hair is long. Too long.

There are lots of reasons why I should not cut my hair. I have a lot of layers… cutting a straight edge across the bottom would make the layers look crappy. And, since I can’t see the back of my own head, cutting a straight edge seems next to impossible. But hey… my hair is long. TOO LONG. It’s tangled. It doesn’t wrap nicely in a bun anymore. The ends are splitting. The stress has had serious affect on my hair. So, at any given moment the should I/shouldn’t I argument is leaning towards ‘DO IT, YOU IDIOT’.

Yeah, my inner monologue refers to myself as an idiot.

If anyone is reading this, have you reached a point in quarantine where you’ve cut your own hair? Did it go okay? Did it go badly? My biggest fear is that it’s going to go very, very badly. I need to know if someone has had success with it.

Maybe I should get bangs…

118 thoughts on “I’m seriously considering cutting my own hair

  1. I too have been considering cutting my own hair! I have a short style and my hair in naturally curly, lately it looks shapeless to me. I haven’t had a haircut since January and you’re right, by the time we can get haircuts who knows how shabby it’ll lookπŸ˜‚ I was joking around with my partner and I told him I’m thinking about buzzing it all off. I have had really short cyrs like that in the past. Who knows, I may just go for itπŸ˜‰

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    1. Imagine though… when quarantine is over, how everyone is going to be booking hair appointments, it’ll probably take forever to get an appointment, too! Hairdressers are going to be some of the most in demand people.

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      1. Absolutely!! Truth. I miss living near my sister and brother. They are all hairdressers. I hadn’t ever been to someone outside my family u till just a few years ago. I was so spoiled lol

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  2. Ok, if it matters… just this morning, I heard a story on the NPR, where a hairdresser explained that people should NOT cut their own hair, and that she does not :), and that it will take more time and money to fix afterward. She was strongly recommending going with ponytails.

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    1. I think that’s what has kept me from doing it thus far. I’m scared I’ll screw it up so bad that I’ll have to get it all cut off to fix it when quarantine is over.

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  3. I used to cut my hair all the time, my hair is long and straight. One time I got desperate & tied a string around myself where I wanted it to be for my husband to cut the back for me. I used to cut my boys hair when they were little too.
    Wouldn’t do bangs, that’s a little too risky. Just started to pay for hair coloring, the easiest I found is that John Frieda foam for color.
    Hair grows out, even if you do mess it up a little.

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    1. Oohhhh I used to dye my hair, and my brows, darker a lot when I was younger. Those were the days. Ruined my hair completely. Probably why I HATEEEEEEE when my hair isn’t perfect these days. I know hair grows back, I’m just worried that I’ll screw it up so bad I can’t wear it down for the next month and a half.

      Did your husband actually cut your hair? Brave man. BRAVE YOU. I don’t think I’d ever let Knight near my hair. lol

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      1. He did a better job than one woman who was hung over who “tried something new” and used the blow dryer to hide it. My mom made me go back (I was in my 40’s BTW). I couldn’t see the back of it, she said it was awful. Go for it! What else is there to do? Just do a little, it’s really not that hard.

        I have to laugh at the comment about the woman who recommended NOT cutting your own hair. I saw that segment too, of course they don’t want you to cut your own hair!! Where I live, a trim is $100 and one woman told me her hair was $300.
        I will say this, a good pair of scissors is around $100.

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      1. Oh that’s actually you in the picture? That’s hilarious! Haha.

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    1. See, your mom’s distrust is probably smart. Cutting bangs seems like a good idea in theory but I feel like it could go horribly, horribly wrong very quickly. That’s why I haven’t done it. I’m worried I’ll screw it up.

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  4. I cut my hair last week. Got about halfway through a bottle of gin and thought it was a great idea. That being said I have short hair so it’s as simple as plopping on the half-inch trimmer blade and shaving away.

    I was thinking about dyeing my hair blue though. Because, quarantine. Why not?!

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  5. I’ve tried giving myself full bangs once… it was a huge failure and I didn’t attempt to cut my own hair ever again. Give it a go, though. You might find that you have a hidden talent for cutting those locks! But if it doesn’t look good, then you could always go to your hair dresser once they’ve opened πŸ™‚

    Fun fact: In my motherland, the Philippines, a hair cut would cost between PHP 100-450 (that’s CAD $2.70 – $12.50). One-hour massages, on the other hand, only cost between PHP 350 – 600 (CAD 9.70 – 16.60)!

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    1. So my best friend’s husband was born in the Philippines and he came here when he was ten. He’s eluded to things being very cheap there compared to here, but I had no idea there was such a vast difference. A one hour massage here would be $130-$190 Canadian. Not that anyone is getting massages now. But there’s a stark difference in what someone could make doing the same profession in two different countries.

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  6. Haha…i definitely thought of cutting my own bangs..but then I considered following points like..I have oily combination skin and I shall not bring those hairs over my face and bring the unseen dirt on ma face..hence I kicked that thought!
    I never went to any salon since I was in college.. I do it all by myself!
    YouTube inspiration+ good scissors …

    I think you can do that too.. I can understand your thoughts.. But even thou’ any cut goes wrong no one is gonna see it..as we all are in quarantine…
    But, don’t be impulsive and chop of your hair..think well! Coz that’s your crown..! πŸ₯‚πŸ˜Š

    Lemme know how it goes..thou’

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    1. Ohhhh you just made me think of something I wasn’t. I too have oily skin and last time in my life that I had bangs, I broke out on my forehead because of my bangs. Thank you for the very important reminder that I hadn’t thought of.

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  7. I made a female friend last year who had been cutting her own hair SINCE the age of thirteen or so, lol. She was 25, and I personally hadn’t guessed before she told me that. But yeah, she didn’t have layers. I actually had to rescue her hair a few months later, after she impulsively cut it short whilst depressed πŸ˜†.

    And the reason she trust me to cut it was because of this story I wanted to mentionβ€” I cut my own hair last year at a meditation retreat, as it was annoyingly long and I was becoming obsessed with that fact so that I couldn’t meditate, lol.

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    1. Fuck I leaned on the enter key πŸ˜†.

      So yeah I cut my own hair using my beard scissors, which are super sharp and precise. It took a couple of hours but I did all of the back and sides short, and trimmed the top so I could have it in my normal spiky style again. I only had the use of one mirror ahead of meβ€” I was doing the back blind! The first person I bumped into in a corridor, I asked his opinion of my hair. He told me it looked great and THEN that he was a barber, and he was seriously impressed and confused at how I’d got the back and sides so short, and actually done the back symmetrically. 🀣 Honestly it’s one of my proudest achievements!! I also couldn’t believe the coincidence of bumping immediately into a barber lol.

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      1. By swivelling my eyeballs as far as I could πŸ˜†. And trusting my sense of feel. My vision was a little weird for a few mins after lol. You can see more of the back of your head lower down, so I did less trimming of the top of the back of my head. It kind of gave it of a cool tapering style :).

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    1. There’s a very distinct difference between long, luscious mermaid hair and ‘oh my god I have another freaking headache because it weighs so much’ hair. And I’m presently at the latter.

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      1. Wow! Makes sense. Can’t imagine actually having a headache from it, that’d be annoying lol. My hair’s extremely thick and for me it’s the heat that’s unbearable and gives me a headache, when it’s longer πŸ˜†.

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      2. Okay, yeah, that sounds bad. So can you just pull it back into a pony and hack it off? No, it can’t be that easy. Maybe cut every other hair by half its length? That seems easy and not at all difficult lol. Or maybe just dye it a lighter color? Because then it’d… um weigh less?

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      3. It’s not that easy, sadly. When you put it into a pony then it would end up at a hundred different lengths because the hair on the back of my head is a lot closer to the pony than the hair on the front of my head.

        As for dying it a light colour – I’m blonde. Blonde blonde. Blonde blonde blonde blode. I used to dye my hair darker for like ten years because I had blonde hair and blonde eyebrows and blonde eyelashes. It got so damaged though that I stopped dying it a couple of years back so that I could have it healthy again. #GirlPROBLEMS

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      4. In that case, I cannot support this endeavor. Mostly because it sounds hard. Also because I doubt you’ll post any pictures of said attempt, which would be suuuper hilarious.

        I mean, what I meant was… um. Utmost confidence in you! Nothing but. Good luck!

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  8. I would dare cut it if it’s long and straight and fine, but if you have movement in it, especially curls, then that’s much more forgiving and you can get away with anything!
    I cut husband’s hair and he tells me he’s never going back to the barber now! What I didn’t dare tell him is it’s probably beginners luck and next time will be terrible! πŸ™ˆ

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      1. It was hilarious, as he got really sleepy when I was cutting the top of his head. I asked him if he feels like that at the barber, because I’ve been there with the kids, sorting their haircuts out while he has his, and normally husband is chatting non-stop, full of energy! πŸ˜†

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  9. My hair was just below my shoulders, so at the start of our lockdown I cut it so it is now just above my chin, that way if it does look shit, it will grow out.

    Probably helps I have shaved off all my hair before and that was done by my partner. I really don’t give a crap about it, its annoying, frizzy and very very thick.

    However, if you do give a crap, then I would probably try to find other things to do with it. Its not easy, especially if its just you

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  10. I wish I could give you a success story, but I did cut my hair this past fall and since I never got the sides even, I kept cutting and cutting and cutting! It was a disaster! But then again, I’m pretty bad at even trimming my own bangs and you might do a great job! πŸ™‚ I’m wanting to color my hair since my roots are showing…but last time, I was a bit orangey, so I guess I’ll just wait! πŸ™‚ Good luck! xo

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  11. How long is your hair? When my friend and I were too poor to afford even the cheap chain salons, we used to take manicure scissors and trim just the very very ends of our hair with them while we watched TV. You need kind of long hair for that though.
    As someone who cuts and colours their own hair normally, my best advice is to turn to YouTube. Yes, there are a tonne of hair cutting tutorials out there that could be very helpful (with layers, I’d suggest “unicorn cut” as a search term). But your best resource is anything labelled “hair fail” or “hairdresser reacts”. If you want to stop yourself from doing anything to your hair, watching a bunch of these will definitely scare the urges away. I decided to just let my roots grow out (I’m grey and dark blonde, but have been dying my hair bright red for years), and these videos are what stop me from grabbing bleach and scissors and destroying my head.

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    1. My niece is my cosmotologist and she threatened my life if I ever colored my hair again!! πŸ™‚ My hair is shoulder length, and for some reason, I can’t keep the scissors away from it! I think it comes from my mom cutting my bangs HIGH on my forehead (and very uneven) when I was little. My sis used to play beauty salon with me, and every time she blow dried my hair, she’s smack my nose with the hair dryer…it’s a wonder I don’t have a phobia for them!! πŸ™‚ I’ll check out some YouTube videos, but I’m scared it will create a monster!! πŸ˜‰ xo

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    2. My hair is at my lower back right now. It’s really, really thick though so I have a lot of layers in it. Which is why I’m afraid of trimming the ends, because I’ll fail at getting the layers. I watched a couple of youtube videos yesterday and I’ve got to say I’m still 50/50.

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  12. I cut my own hair for years. It was a mess, of course, but I couldn’t see the back and no one ever said anything. Then I got it sorted and it was much better but then I moved 3000 miles and had to find someone new. Now this, so am back to doing it myself. I considered letting it grow but old ladies and long hair….anyway if you want to do it, go for it, but if it’s long, take it in stages….or not? Good luck!

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    1. I’m contemplating letting my mom doing it because I DON’T trust myself. Seriously, my mood about it changes daily/hourly. AND what about old ladies and long hair? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. You should have your hair the way you want it! Your age doesn’t dictate that.

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  13. I shaved my head a couple weeks ago. Not much of a jump for me, but still the shortest I’ve had it and the clippers I purchased were cheaper than one cut. Now I’m cutting my hair when I want to for FREE!!! Love it!! Highly recommend!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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      1. What really helped was that my hair was long enough to blow in my face and it was really windy in days prior and was interrupting me reading on my deck! Lol!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  14. It is easy to have success in cutting your own hair! Even if it looks bad, silly, or indifferent, your hair is shorter, right? Let’s say your ‘new do’ does not measure up to your standards – who is going to know? Where will you be going to show off your hair? Exactly. By the time we are allowed to reenter the social scene, it will have grown back like nothing ever happened.

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    1. That’s definitely the side of the argument I keep telling myself to tell me to do it. I haven’t managed to pull the trigger yet, but I’m still dreaming…

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  15. I am also considering it! I am not good about getting my hair cut though – basically, I trek to the salon when it looks like a monster is nesting on my head. But I have these weird short bits in front that I can’t do anything with, so I’m considering bangs to even it all out.

    I should perhaps call my sister first – we made a pact that I would call her before I cut bangs again because it was such a disaster last time. Ha!

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      1. Haha, I should! I did call a friend who made me a video tutorial on how to do it correctly, so at least I’m armed with all the information I need.

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    1. Awe, that’s such a nice thing to do! I don’t have a specific stylist that I use but hearing that story makes me wish I knew someone specific. Hairdressers are hurting right now but when it’s safe for them to open again they’re going to be some of the most in-demand people in society…

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  16. I don’t think cutting one’s hair goes well though.
    I made a mistake of trying to trim my own hair using a pair of scissor sometime ago, I ending up with uneven length so I wouldn’t advise you too
    Just keep a ponytail till the lockdown is over.

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    1. I’m in that mood right now too. The ponytail has gotten me this far, it’ll probably get me through if I just stop whining about it.

      Thank you for the advice!

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  17. Yes, I cut my own hair. I followed a method I found on youtube by making a front ponytail above your forehead, flattening it and cutting on a slant (for layers). It worked way better than I expected and I was happy with the result.

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    1. Kudos to you! I held them up to my face with scissors and I got scared that I really didn’t know what I was doing. If you had a success you must have really calm hands.

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  18. I would be what you consider scissors happy so I relate to this post all too well. Every August since 2018 I’ve cut my hair. Now I’m actually considering letting it grow out to a longer length. I’m trying so hard not to give in to the scissors

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  19. I have a love hate relation with hairdresser. I have always cut my hair on and off. For many years I was only going to hairdresser. But for the past 4 years I have been cutting my own hair. I just got fed up with hairdresser layering too much. Anyway, I have such thin hair.

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  20. The men in my house (partner and 15yo) need a cut more than me. Like you, my hair is long with layers so I can get away with no cut longer than they can but I would have the same problem. How to trim the layers? Ugh.

    I got a cut days before they shut down. I should make it till mid to end summer…is that when the pandemic is over? (No. I know it won’t be.)

    Anyway the men orders shears or clippers or something. Probably going to end up blog fodder… πŸ˜‚

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  21. Quarantine gave me the courage to dye my hair, since no one is going to see it. It turned out well, so I know I’ll do it again in the future.
    But, I am starting to consider trying to cut my hair, because I’m not liking the length it’s getting to. However, I KNOW that would not go well, so I’m refraining. πŸ˜…

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    1. Beeeee careful if you do cut it. I feel like dying is different because if you dye it and it’s bad, you can just dye it again next week. If you cut it, you have to wait months to get it back.
      That’s what scares me most.

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  22. I ended up cutting my own hair and yeah it didn’t end up as well as I wanted it to but it’s alright. I don’t mind it as much because it’ll grow again either way. And it was a fun experience.

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