Fun with Clippers // My Adventures in Haircutting


It may sound silly, but one thing I have always wanted to do is cut my own hair. There’s something I find really liberating about the idea of taking scissors to my own head, but it’s also terrifying because cutting your own hair in a straight line is not an easy task. I’ve had plenty of bad haircuts before, so even a trained professional can screw it up.

This time last year, I decided that I wanted to go blonde. This was a task I took on myself as well. Several boxes of blonde hair dye, or should I say bleach, later I was relatively blonde and I was pretty impressed with the job I did. I left the blonde in for a short while, but I didn’t feel like the color suited me and so I decided to get another box of dye and go back to my roots.

I think over a 6 week period I probably used 4-5 boxes of hair dye or bleach. Needless to say I destroyed my hair. Since then, I have tried to take care of it the best I can using Beautycounter products and DIY natural hair masks and remedies, but there’s no real coming back from that type of damage.

I decided that a haircut was a necessity. I spent some time asking around about hair salons in the area and also pinning ideas of hairstyles I was interested in. But I never pulled the trigger. I really enjoy having long hair. I feel like I have mermaid hair – a little out of control, never quite in place, slightly hippyish – and I feel like it’s part of my identity. But managing the fried ends has become a little bit too much. So, again I decided it was time to get a haircut.

Last week I spent a little too much time playing on hair apps trying to get an idea of what I would look like with really short hair. I mean, really short hair.  I’m not sure if the pixie cut is really for me since I have slightly bigger ears that stick out a bit and in my opinion, a bulbous upturned nose, but I still haven’t completely ruled it out. I tend to really like the stacked wedge/bob cut too.  Either way, I knew a good amount of hair was coming off in order to bring better health to my hair once again.

I have already decided that I’m not going to dye my hair again with conventional hair dye do to the toxins within the products, so I felt like a good haircut would give me a fighting chance for healthy hair.

Instead of going straight to the stylist and chopping it drastically short, I decided I wanted to go in phases. I know it may sound counter-intuitive being that I write a blog about myself, but I really don’t like a lot of attention – and a new hair cut, especially a drastic one brings just that. So I figured if I cut it shorter, in gradual steps, it would draw less attention.

So I came up with a brilliant idea of cutting it myself!  Something I have always wanted to do!

My hair is a bit wavy, so I figured I had a little room for error in regards to cutting it perfectly. I also figured if I did a really bad hack job I could always go directly to the salon to get it fixed. I was definitely not cutting it too short as compared to the styles I like, there I was leaving plenty of room for them to work their magic without compromising the end result.

Instead of using scissors, I used the electric clippers that I used to do the boys hair. I cut my daughter’s hair with this recently and it worked well.

It was a lot of fun.  Not necessarily something I would recommend for others, but definitely something I wanted to do at some point in my life and I’m glad I did. I’m really happy with the result and doing it myself bought me some time to figure out what hairstyle I actually want without having to spend extra money at the salon for my in between look.  The end result is not perfect and I’m sure a hairstylist would have plenty to say about my attempt and technique, but I’m happy and at the end of the day that’s what matters.

I’m glad I wasn’t too scared to do it. I can’t say that I will necessarily do it again, but I’m glad I scratched that itch!

What have you always wanted to do but fear keeps you from doing it?

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