DIY Hair Cut

I got my hair cut yesterday. Yup. 

Actually, I cut it myself. 

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. smile

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:

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

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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.

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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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Lynne Larson | May 8, 2012, 7:17 PM

I learned to do this back in the ‘80’s and wore my hair this way for a long time.

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Heidi @Adventures of a Thrifty Mom | May 8, 2012, 7:08 PM

This is a great way to get a super cute look for free! I’ve been cutting my own hair for a while using a similar technique. I love the step by step photos and your end result looks great.

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Laura | May 1, 2012, 4:48 PM

I cut my own hair two, I’m so glad I’m not the only one lol, people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them. I bought some hair dressing scissors online for under £10 and have been cutting my own and my husbands hair for around two years, we must of saved a fortune!

In terms of looking after my hair I blow dry the front bits otherwise they go CRAZY then I put the rest in a loose bun for a couple of hours and it dries with a natural curl smile

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Jenny | Apr 30, 2012, 8:50 AM

Wow you do a great job.  I actually dread going to get my hair cut.  I get mine colored also but the whole day takes forever and costs so much!  Thanks for linking up with favorite thing smile

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Elise | Apr 27, 2012, 5:39 PM

Tiffany, that’s great! I know cutting ones own hair doesn’t work for everybody. Washing your hair before going is a great tip, thanks!

Lisa, I know what you mean! $15 for a hair cut is definitely not a lot of bang for your buck. wink

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Lisa Reynoso | Apr 27, 2012, 1:59 PM

I’m going to have to try this one! I’ve been needing a haircut in the worst way, and this style is very similar to how mine is already. And even though I could get one for only $15, right now I just don’t feel like spending $15 on my hair, when I need to get so many other things, like maternity clothes and stuff for the house we just moved into, and $15 at the thrift store will get me quite a bit. smile

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Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs | Apr 27, 2012, 8:47 AM

I have short hair and I’ve tried cutting it myself, but that doesn’t work out so well for me, lol.  To save money, I go to a well-known stylist at SuperCuts.  They charge $16 and I know it’ll be good every time.  I live in an expensive area where a $55 cut is “normal,” so paying $16 is a bargain. 

I always shampoo my own hair before I go and I don’t go until I need to go (I don’t even count the weeks, but it probably is around 10, which is a long time for short hair).  I also toggle between two styles so that when the first grows out, I can go in for a “trim” for only $7 instead of a full cut.  Then I’ll pay for a full cut on my third visit.  So for me it averages to $13 per visit.

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Elise New | Apr 27, 2012, 8:40 AM

Thanks Rachel, You can definitely tell when Johanna’s around to take pictures for me! raspberry
Melissa, That’s good to know! I’ve always been afraid of what might happen if I cut it while in a pony tail.

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Rachel | Apr 27, 2012, 8:24 AM

OH! I also wanted to say that the photographs are really GREAT!
You must have a wonderfully talented photographer. :o)

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Melissa | Apr 27, 2012, 8:17 AM

Neat trick! Another way similar to this is to put all your hair in a high ponytail and just cut straight across the bottom- works similarly with less variation in length. I used it all through high school to trim my ends.

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Elise New | Apr 26, 2012, 2:19 PM

Yes, since you’re combing it over your head, the strands toward the front are getting cut shorter than the strands in back.

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Rachel | Apr 26, 2012, 12:59 PM

It looks great! Are the shorter pieces near the front that way because it just naturally layered it since you had it all combed forward?  Just curious, but either way, I really like it.

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Elise New | Apr 25, 2012, 3:54 PM

Thanks Carrie!
@ chelsea, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t do it wet, in fact it’d probably be easier. Sorry, no advice on layers. This is the extent of my expertise LOL.

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Chelsea | Apr 25, 2012, 12:38 PM

That’s a good way to do it! Much easier than my “eyeballing” method smile. Is there a reason you do it dry instead of when it’s wet? Also… any advice for cutting layers? I’ve tried cutting my hair a few time, but can’t get my layers to blend very well.
We also cut my husband’s hair at home with a pair of clippers from Wal-Mart. Saves quite a bit of money.

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Carrie | Apr 25, 2012, 12:38 PM

So cute! I love the end look!

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Elise New | Apr 25, 2012, 10:51 AM

It’s really easy! I get a bit nervous every time, but it always turns out great!

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Mariah | Apr 25, 2012, 10:00 AM

I’m nervous about cutting my own hair, but when the time comes to pay for a cut again, I might just have to try this!  Thanks for the tip!