Yes, You Can Trim Your Own Hair—Here's How
Just like shaping your eyebrows, cutting your hair is a beauty task best left to the professionals, but considering the toll heat styling and the dry air has taken on your strands, we get the nagging temptation of wanting to try your hand at a DIY trim—which is why we asked Kenna, founder and owner of Brooklyn's Kennaland Hair Studio, to outline exactly how without completely messing up those layers. We're not talking about the "trim" intended to remove an inch of your hair that ultimately resulted in a bob, but rather a very, very minimal amount cut from your ends. "People go to their hairdresser and ask for a trim, only to end up with two inches off, but that's not a trim," he tells us. "A trim is half an inch, or even just a centimeter, and I wouldn't recommend doing more than that if you're trimming your own hair."
First things first, you'll need to find the right pair of shears for the job, as the plastic set you picked up from Ikea won't produce the best results. Kenna suggests using a pair of steel scissors, which are more precise, though even kitchen or fabric scissors will do the trick. "I've actually used a pair of kitchen scissors on the set many times after mine went missing or got taken at the airport," Kenna says. "As long as they're sharp, they don't have a gap at the end, and are angled right, you can use them."
You'll want to keep your hair dry with your natural parting in place, and use your ears as a guide to determine exactly how to section off your layers. "All the hair at the front of your ears is the front of your hair, and anything behind your ears is the back of your hair," he explains. "Never trim the back of your hair yourself as there are lines and corners your hairdresser has put in there to give the cut structure." The sides, on the other hand, don't have as many corners, and as long as you're comfortable with a pair of scissors, they should be easier to work with.
Separate out the front sections of your hair, and with a Drake-esque mantra in mind, start from the bottom and work your way up using a point-cutting method. "Angle the end of your scissors as parallel as you can with your hair, and cut into the ends. It's a more forgiving way of cutting," says Kenna. "Never ever cut at a blunt angle, because you'll end up with chunky lines." Work slowly section by section until you reach the top portion, and resist the urge to try out the DIY ponytail trimming method you looked up on Pinterest. This has the potential to create too many uneven angles, and since some areas of hair won't reach the tip of the ponytail, you'll essentially be chopping at the shorter layers. "Just be careful, cut small amounts slowly in sections, don't cut yourself, and be mindful of the mess," Kenna advises. "Cutting your hair makes a mess, so do it over your sink or somewhere you can clean easily, and not over your makeup bag."