Are you taking the plunge and cutting your hair at-home? Mind these easy tips to make sure you get it right. 

1. USE REAL SHEARS: Seems silly, but many people actually think that a good ‘ol pair of Office Depot paper cutting scissors is okay to cut hair. They are not. They can actually assist in creating snags and snarls that will lead to more split ends. Invest in a pair of shears from your local beauty supply store or in the accessories aisle at Target or Walmart for $15 – $20 bucks.

2. BLOWOUT YOUR HAIR: This one is long-debated, but if you’re cutting your hair at home, you need to blow it out to ensure that you successfully SEE split ends that need to be snipped. Many stylists cut curly hair both dry and wet to ensure a good shape.

3. CUT IN SECTIONS: Unless your hair is shaved or cut into an asymmetric curly style (if that’s the case, seek professional help) your curls (mid-length to long) can be cut like this:

a. Horizontally section off the hair around your edges, around the nape of your neck, to the other side of your edges. This is the bottom layer of your hair, which is usually the longest. It can be cut bluntly to allow for layers up top.

b. Middle section: In a circular formation, part the hair at the crown of your head and clip it down. The remaining tresses are considered the middle section. Start from one end and part in vertical, square sections. Stretch the hair outward and clip vertically and upward. You’ve probably seen this technique done in salons. It’s not incredibly hard as long as you keep it neat. Prop up two mirrors to allow a back view for cutting those hard to reach areas.

c. Top section: Comb this section straight up and snip going toward the back of your head.

4. LET GO OF SPLIT ENDS: Once you blow out your hair, your split ends tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Once you stretch your curls outward, your hair will look fairly full and thick until you reach the ends, where it will begin to look thin. Cut off these strands.

5. TEST YOUR CUT WHILE YOUR HAIR IS WET: Wet your hair like usual. Once dry, snip any additional ends that you may have missed.

Would you use these tips at home?

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