I’ve always loathed going to the hairdresser. Luckily, I have long wavy hair and have always been perfectly fine with a bi-annual trim. Of course, they say one should get the ends trimmed every couple of months to help grow hair faster, but somehow I never found it true. Recently, I read somewhere that it’s another myth. To be honest, my instincts always told me it wasn’t true. That’s why I postponed the trip to the hairdresser as much as I could.
Until I couldn’t stand my hair anymore. Literally.
But a record was made last year when I moved to a foreign country and avoided getting a haircut for 1 WHOLE YEAR. At the beginning, the language barrier was holding me back. Then I didn’t want to waste money. Then I found many more excuses… Until one day I got an idee fixe: I’M GOING TO CUT MY OWN HAIR.
How it all started
I came to it gradually, but the catalyst was definitely the Primal Diet (it changed every single aspect of my life). Once I started eating clean, I wanted to use clean products on my skin and hair, too. Then I started becoming more and more frugal in my household, trying to simplify our life wherever I could.
So, naturally, I didn’t like the idea of paying a visit to the hairdresser. Here’s why:
- I have no clue how much a haircut could cost these days where I am, but I reckon it would be around €25-30. I think I have a hundred (or maybe even a thousand!) better ways to spend that money.
- I don’t know how about your hairdresser but mine always insists on washing my hair before cutting. What would her reaction be if I told her not to use shampoo on my hair? I bet she wouldn’t understand. Last time my husband asked to wash his hair with water only, he was talked into using shampoo. I know one occasion wouldn’t do a lot of damage, but it’s more a matter of principle for me. I’ve worked hard to achieve a healthy scalp, and I’m not going to risk it!
- I really dislike the smell inside hairdressing salons. Am I the only crazy one here? I hate it almost as much as the smell in hospitals or at a dentist’s. Luckily, I never wanted to become a hairdresser!
- I feel so awkward sitting in that hairdressing chair every time with my hair wet, looking ridiculous, and not knowing where to look. Somehow, I’ve never felt comfortable looking at myself for extended time. So if I’m sat in front of a giant mirror for an hour, where the heck do I look? If I tried to look at the hairdresser, she would complain that I’m not holding my head straight! Where do you guys look? 🙂
- I guess I’m a bit of a control freak, so not knowing how my hair is going to come out every time is a little stressful for me. If I mess it up myself, at least I’ll know I’ve learned something for the next time.
The DIY haircut experiment begins
So armed with these reasons, I headed to the shops to buy hairdressing scissors for my experiment. Then I spent a couple of hours sorting through various articles and blog posts about DIY haircuts. Finally, I settled on Paula’s easy five-minute layered haircut. Probably because it was the easiest one out of all, and I thought it would be great for a first timer.
I’ve always gone for a layered haircut without ever really understanding what it meant. I didn’t realize it would mean that there would be much less hair towards the ends. Which means that braids would look very thin. Here’s what I mean:
DIY haircut: mission accomplished!
So I wasn’t entirely happy with my first DIY haircut. The ends really looked too wispy. I waited for a few months until my hair grew back, and braced myself for trial number two. This time, I decided to go for Feye’s instructions for a DIY haircut. I’ve always gone for the V-shaped trim, but this time I decided to try the U-shaped one, and I’m in love! The whole process took me no more than 5 minutes, and I did it with dry hair.
I think the U-shape looks so flattering on my type of hair, it looks great in a braid, and even better in a pony tail. I’ve no idea why I never got the idea to try the U-shape trim before. It’s brilliant!
Here’s what my DIY haircut looks like from the back.
And this is my DIY haircut from the front:
So if you have long hair, I highly recommend trying this DIY haircut. It’s fun, saves you money and feels great. The sense of achievement was incredible when I was done!
Once my hair needs another trim, I’ll definitely record a video of myself doing it. And for now, I’ll just focus on keeping it healthy.
By the way, if you’re wondering, I’m still in love with the no-poo method, and my hair is getting stronger and healthier every day. If you haven’t tried it yet, read more about it here.
Wish you all a wonderful weekend! And tell me what you think of DIY haircuts? Will you try it yourself?