I get it: Getting a haircut every eight to 12 weeks can get stupid expensive. That's why I'll be the first to admit that I've definitely taken things into my own hands (literally) from time to time by cutting my own hair. You don't even need to be a DIY wizard to master it, too—'cause all it takes to learn how to cut your own hair is a little patience, a pair of shears, and a solid YouTube tutorial. Ahead, everything you'll need to get the job done like a pro.
First: A Couple Ground Rules
Should you cut your own hair wet or dry?
Alright, there's technically no right answer here, since cutting your hair wet or dry is all about personal preference. In general, though, if you're going for a sleek or blunt look, pros recommend cutting your hair wet (or damp) to get the cleanest edge possible. Completely dry hair is the way to go for curls, waves, or layers, since you'll have a better idea of what the end product will look like (read: You won't be crazy surprised when your hair looks two inches shorter when it dries).
Still not sure what's best for your at-home haircut? If you're cutting your own hair for the first time, think back to your favorite salon haircut—did your stylist cut it wet or dry? Recreate that same setup if you're going for a similar ~lewk~.
Can you cut your hair with normal scissors?
PSA: You cannot cut your hair with kitchen scissors (!!!). There's a reason hairstylists use professional shears—the sharp, precise blades make it so much easier to get a clean edge. If you use a pair of regular ol' scissors, there's a way higher chance you'll end up with split ends, so do yourself a favor and invest in a pair of shears before you get started. You'll also want to grab a double-edged comb (the wide and fine teeth help you section off your hair) and no-slip hair clips for easy separating. An ultra-smoothing flat iron is optional but encouraged—especially if you're giving yourself a blunt cut.
The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Every Type of Hair
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Blunt Bob
Looking to cut your long-ass hair into a cute bob? This tutorial walks you through every step—which, BTW, includes straightening your hair before you get started. Pro tip: Smooth out your edges by cutting your hair at an upwards angle.
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Long Layers
If you want to add a little excitement to your hair without losing any major length, you'll love this easy-to-follow tutorial for cutting long layers at home. Pay special attention to YouTuber Pick Up Limes' technique for "point cutting" (i.e. cutting into the hair to give your layers more texture).
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Curls
Want to touch up your hair in between salon appointments? Follow the lead of beauty vlogger Joy Before Her for a super easy approach to trimming curly hair. Keep your hair completely dry and snip your ends curl by curl to avoid any f*ck-ups. Know that holding your shears at an angle will give your ends a pointier edge, which is super ideal for volume.
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Split Ends
As your hair gets longer, it's pretty common for your ends to get skinnier from breakage and damage. Even it all out by giving yourself a quick trim to get rid of any split ends or stragglers. YouTuber Jasmine Brown prefers dry, straightened hair to get the cleanest edge possible. BTW: A split-end serum is a great way to keep your hair looking fresh between trims.
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Bang Trim for Straight Hair
It’s no secret that bangs are kiiinda high maintenance—even though they might skim your brows perfectly post-haircut, there’s a good chance they’ll be hitting your eyelids in a month or two. The solution? Committing to DIY bang trims—and this tutorial for straight hair is a great place to start.
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Bang Trim for Curly Hair
Got curly bangs? This haircut tutorial was pretty much made for you. Follow along as YouTuber Vivi König very carefully gives her bangs some TLC. She recommends styling your hair prior to your trim—that way you have a better idea of the true length you're working with.
How to Cut Your Own Hair: Pixie
Cutting long hair into a pixie at home is probably a risky move, but if you're starting with a shorter length, there's no reason why you shouldn't try a DIY cut. You'll need a pair of clippers to recreate this tutorial, along with some super-sturdy clips.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.