I cut my own hair. I have for many years. But as a professional hairstylist, I think that it’s a pretty safe option.
I understand how my hair falls and know what do to in order to get the look I’m going for.
There are a few things that women should probably never do to their own hair, unless they’re a professional stylist themselves. Of course, if you are willing to run the risk of disaster, you can try just about whatever you want. And perhaps it will turn out beautifully! It’s up to you to decide if the risk is worth the potential reward.
4 things you should probably never do to your own hair:
1. Cut your own hair. Even the most basic haircuts, when cut by a professional, have thought and technique behind them. It’s never as simple as running the shears around your head and simply removing length. Hairstylists also take into account where your part is, how your hair dries, the texture, and how you style it. The background knowledge required for a really great haircut is more extensive than you may imagine.
2. Give yourself a hot oil treatment. Some may disagree, but I find hot oil treatments to be almost completely worthless. First of all, nothing is heavier on the hair than an oil. Secondly, if you are looking for repair from previous damage, there are so many better deep conditioning products to choose from rather than simply coating your hair in oil. Sure, your hair may feel soft afterwards, but it will likely be lifeless and greasy, too.
3. Give yourself bangs. It may seen like a no-brainer, but cutting your own bangs can be an epic disaster. The thickness, shape, sectioning and blending are so important when it comes to making the bangs fit your face shape and hairstyle, and it’s simply best to leave that to the professionals.
4. Color your own hair at home. There are definitely worse things that can be done, but I would argue that coloring your own hair is rather risky. The least risky option would be doing a gloss or glaze to go slightly darker. Attempting to go blonde or highlight your own hair at home can turn into a nightmare, and you may end up sitting in the chair at the salon paying for a color correction service. It’s best to leave that to the professionals!
If you get hit with the urge to cut your hair, or even color it, take a moment and think about the risks. And then call your salon to set up an appointment. You’ll likely be happier in the long run!