Death to DIY! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Pinterest recipe showing me how to make my own stuffed avocados and creating fun art for my home decor. I’m always stalking Buzzfeed video to find out new crafts to make but one thing I’ve never done myself nor intend to do, is clip my own ends. You may see me styling my hair but hand me a pair of scissors and i’m like…
I’ve been styling hair for over 25 years and I’m licensed in cosmetology along with certifications for hair loss, still you will never see me grab a pair of scissors and place them to my hair to clip my ends. It’s something I have always preferred another stylist to do.
So you had to imagine the look on my face when I was on Youtube University and I saw hair bloggers, who had never studied cosmetology, teaching their viewers how to clip their own ends.
First off, cutting hair is a skill! If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be thousands of students spending thousands of dollars to learn how. You need to leave the tools in the experts hands. When you attempt to cut your own hair with little to no knowledge, you risk doing more damage to your hair and I guarantee that you will pay the price.
Think about all of the DIY videos you watch on Home Depot on how to build objects for your home. Would you build your own home based off of one video? Of course not. You would hire contractors to do the job. Invest the money now to save in the long haul.
Second, How can you expect to get the right angle if you’re cutting your own hair? How can you be sure that you are cutting at the proper angle if your head is naturally leaning to the side so that you get a good view? If you’re going for a perpendicular triangle look then by all means clip away but if you want a straight line, go to the expert.
Lastly, Your hair may not even be in the right state to properly clip off the dead ends. I clip all of my clients hair after a proper wash, blow dry, and press (if not relaxed). I’ve seen plenty of DIY enthusiasts try to take short cuts and ruin their hair. You can not clip it while in a fro and you can not clip it while wet. If you really want to be lazy, just go to a stylist.
If you’re avoiding the salon to save money, I suggest going every other month. You’re supposed to get your ends clipped every 6 to 8 weeks, that’s plenty of time to scramble a few coins for a press and curl with a trim ($40). Some salons have deals where you can get that style cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so call around and ask. If you think it’s a waste of time because you’re getting a protective style, it’s not! You want to treat your hair before adding extensions anyway to protect it and your stylist will do that for you.
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