Why You Shouldn’t Cut Your Own Hair Layers

Layers can add depth and movement to longer hair without compromising length. While professional services should always be sought when cutting layers, you can still manage to freshen up or trim bangs at home.

Start with damp, clean hair, and thoroughly brush it. Secure it into a high ponytail.

How you part your hair can dramatically impact how you appear. An improper side part may draw the eye away from all of your best features and draw it towards less desirable aspects of your face; conversely, an ideal side part can draw focus to all your desirable characteristics. Finding your perfect hair part requires finding its location; once this step has been accomplished, achieving it should be straightforward. Start by brushing clean, damp hair into a ponytail at the center of your forehead, and determine how long you want the first layer to be by pinching a piece near where the shortest layer will fall and pulling it back so you know precisely which length to cut it at.

When cutting layers into your hair, it is best to work with clean locks. Dirt and grease can compromise the quality of your cut; therefore, shampooing before starting will ensure optimal results. Layering hair requires either dry or wet cutting, depending on your preferred method. If opting for dry cutting, be sure to take your time and make precise cuts – otherwise, uneven layers or shorter than necessary sections could result. To layer your hair correctly, you will require a towel to drape over your shoulders and hair clips that hold back sections of your hair. In addition to these items, a pair of scissors and comb will come in handy; for curlier or wavy locks, consider using a rat tail comb instead of scissors as it helps create more even sections. A handheld mirror will also come in handy during a trimming session to examine what you are trimming off behind your head.

Using sharp scissors is paramount to getting a precise result when cutting layers yourself. Dull shears will snag and tear at your hair rather than cut it evenly, leading to less-than-ideal results. Consider investing in high-quality pair like the 6″ PHANTOM II from ARC(TM), which will glide effortlessly through your locks for a seamless cut. Layering can begin once you have selected your hair part and secured quality shears. Start with clean and dry waves divided into two sections before tightening one into a low ponytail tied with elastic. Now comb out the second section and decide how high to elevate before cutting it with scissors horizontally or at 45-degree angles to achieve more texture in your cut.

Layers add movement, definition, and texture to any hairstyle. They can be created in various ways at home; the key to successful home cutting lies in creating an outline of how they should appear before cutting – this will prevent accidental over or undercutting! Once you have determined how long your layers should be, it’s time to begin cutting! Start by clipping off the bottom piece, then divide your hair into four sections – two on either side of your face and one at the nape. Start by directing each team toward the front of your head like pie slices or what she refers to as “beach ball” sections (vertical sections that start from your highest point and flare outward). Next, take small subsections and use the slide cutting method for creating perfectly imperfect gradations; continue this process until all short layers have been cut off.