All the hair experts (and your past experiences) will tell you that when it comes to haircuts and hair colouring, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. But there are days when you don’t have the time to visit a salon, but your mane is in a desperate need of a trim (looking at you, pesky split ends).

We totally understand your plight and that’s why we’re going to tell you how you can trim your hair at home, if you really, really need to. Here is a step-by-step guide to trimming your hair at home with some sneaky tips and tricks that can come in handy while you do this. Take a look.

 

Start with damp and detangled hair

Start with damp and detangled hair

Just like you would get a hair wash before getting a haircut, for a DIY at-home trim too, you need to have clean and fresh hair. Shampoo your hair and towel dry. Don’t dry it completely as you need the hair to be damp. Brush it while it’s slightly wet and detangle any knots.

 

Section your hair

Section your hair

After you’ve brushed your hair, divide it into three or four sections as you will be trimming your hair section wise. Wrap each section in a knot or secure them up with a duckbill or claw clip.

 

Decide the length

Decide the length

Now is the time when you need to decide the length of hair you’d be chopping off. Whether it is one, two or three inches, make a guide cut. Clamp a section of hair between two fingers and slide it down the length to the end (desired length to chop) to make a guide cut. This is the length you will chop.

 

Trim and repeat

Trim and repeat

Next, take a small section of your hair from the bottom, comb it and hold the ends you want to cut between your fingers. Carefully trim the ends. Take another section, add it to previously cut section and, making it as a guide, cut its ends too. Repeat this step and work section by section until you are done with each.

 

Make sure everything is even

Make sure everything is even

Stating the obvious but (at the risk of thinking you’d be too excited to have completed the task all by yourself) stop and check if your hair is even. Brush your hair and try different partings to make sure it is all in a single length. If not, make the adjustments and final touches by trimming off the uneven strands, and you’re done.