What Your Stylist Doesn't Want You To Know About Cutting Your Own Hair

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
DIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have a horror story about those late-night, wine-fueled baby bangs that quickly became a colossal hack job — snip by tiny snip — and required an emergency trip to your stylist, where you cried, groveled, and begged for forgiveness.
Not all cuts that happen in the privacy of your own home need to be regrettable, however. While we don't recommend going from super-long lengths to a short, architectural cut using a pair of orange-handled scissors and a hand mirror, you can trim split ends and even shorten up without causing a big ol' mess that needs to me fixed by a pro.
To wit: There are a few at-home tricks that could save you from the hair walk-of-shame. One, in particular, is so fail-proof that even a monkey with scissors could do it. I share it with my clients when they can't squeeze trims into their schedules.
As a hair pro, I'm cautious to condone extensive do-it-yourself cutting or coloring, but I have been trimming my own layers for years with this easy technique — and you can, too. This easy trick is perfect for helping keep your layers looking lovely as they grow out. Hey, we all know trimming your split ends is an absolute must.
Ahead, everything you need to know to trim your own 'do at home.