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I Followed A Pro Hairstylist's Tutorial To Cut My Hair At Home, And I Love How It Turned Out!

Here's how I did it!
PHOTO: Courtesy of Ira Nopuente
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I needed a hair makeover, but I was scared to stay inside a salon for a long time. So, I decided to cut my hair. It was a bold move, but I don't regret it all. I like how it turned out! Find out how I did it here:

For the whole of 2020, I kept my hair long. Salons were closed during the first part of the quarantine period, from March to May. They began to accept clients around June, but it took me months to finally have the courage to get a haircut. I sat in the salon chair and got a layered hairstyle with curtain bangs in December. I even checked in the Feng Shui calendar if it was a lucky day to cut my hair!

Since then, I learned to trim my bangs. My curtain bangs became a wispy fringe, and now, I'm into the micro blunt bangs stage. I was feeling super experimental with my hair! I was just at home and I knew the length would always grow back.

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I remember it was April 24 when I decided I was going to say goodbye to mg long hair. Summer has started and I didn't want to wear a bun or ponytail all the time. Mainit talaga. Period. I kept on checking for any announcements on my fave salon if they offered home service. Unfortunately, they didn't, but I also thought it was safe not to let anyone inside the house.

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Ira with long hair and micro bangs
Courtesy of Ira Nopuente

I had a light bulb moment: "What if I cut my hair?" My paternal grandmother owned a neighborhood salon, and I always saw her cutting the hair of her loyal clients. Maybe I had the same talent, LOL?

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And because I am a superstitious person, I checked the Feng Shui calendar again and discovered that cutting my hair during the night of the Supermoon was the luckiest. It was April 27.

How To Cut Your Own Hair At Home

As any impulsive and curious person would do, I went on YouTube and searched for "how to cut hair." I stumbled upon professional hairstylist Brad Mondo's video. He made a tutorial for those who were stuck in quarantine and *wanted* to cut their hair sooo bad. (It me.

What you need:

  1. Claw clips
  2. Comb
  3. Four small hair ties 
  4. Brush
  5. Cutting shears

Procedure:

I followed everything he said. I prepared my cutting shears, hair ties, brush, and rattail comb. I sectioned my hair into four parts, as Brad suggested. (Do not wet your hair because you'd like to see how your locks would fall in their natural state.)

How to cut your own hair: section your hair properly
YouTube/Brad Mondo
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IMHO, the most important part is to make sure the small hair ties (the markers) were of the same level. My sister helped me during this part because the sections were supposed to be pantay at the back.

How to cut your own hair: Make sure the hair ties are of the same level
YouTube/Brad Mondo
How to cut your own hair: Use hair ties on all four sections
YouTube/Brad Mondo

During the first snip, I started to feel hesitant because what if it would result in a hair disaster? What would my stylist tell me? But it looked like there was no turning back so I cut the rest of the sections. (Hot tip: Hold the shears diagonally and do the point cutting technique.)

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How to cut your own hair: Start cutting
YouTube/Brad Mondo

I removed the hair ties, and I was pleasantly surprised: It was decent! My sister did the finishing touches, making sure my hair was of the same length at the back.

I like how my hair looks right now! From a long layered hairstyle, it's now a lob with feathered edges. Maybe my lola did pass on some talent to me!

Ira with wavy lob and micro bangs
Courtesy of Ira Nopuente
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Here's the DIY haircut at home I followed:

Hairdressers Guide To Cutting Your Own Hair And Not Ruining It

Follow Ira on Instagram.

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