I realized today that I was in desperate need of a haircut! When your hair is super short, it only takes two weeks to grow out a style.
I was starting to rock the mullet and facing struggles in the morning to make it look good. I took to my pinterest board for some inspiration and then I drew myself to work out how it needs to be cut and how it might look. Since I cut my own hair this really helps me to understand the shape and length of the style that I can use as a reference later. I love that I get to be creative and change my hair at a whim.
Cutting my own hair is also very practical. I save a lot of money and am able to maintain short hair. I wanted to dye my hair too so I went to the drugstore tonight and picked up L'Oreal Feria Espresso 40. The color is a little darker than I usually go. But I really like it! I did have to pick up an eyebrow pencil to match my new darker look.
I feel so much better without hair on my neck.
I wish I could show you how I cut my own hair. But I can only do it naked and I am sort of unorganized about it. But I will explain a little bit (Well, actually a quite lengthy explanation) I am not a professional or trained and this is only how I do it. I have been cutting my own hair for at least 12 years, usually short pixie haircuts.
I first dye my hair, following the directions on the box. Then I towel dry my hair and let it air dry a little so I don't accidentally cut it too short when it is wet. I brush it into the style that I plan on achieving. Then I cut the hairs that aren't supposed to be there! Just kidding! That is what I tell my husband when he asks me how I do it. For this haircut I combed the hair on top forward, separating it from the bottom layer that is supposed to be shorter. I pinned the top to keep it in place. Using a comb, I straightened out the hair in the back, perpendicular to my scalp and pinched it with my fingers. Since I wanted it to be short, I cut below my fingers. Basically I did the same to the whole back and the sides, using my fingers as a guide for length in the areas that I cannot see. It is important not to pull the hair down and cut. You want to pull it out, away from your head.
I cut the hair closest to my neck a little shorter, cutting at an angle gradually. I use a mirror to see the back so I can shape it. I used a razor to shave the wispy neck hairs. Then I took the pins out and trimmed the crown to make it look more gradual and transition to the shorter hair. I trimmed the bangs on the right side only and cut the sideburn-area hair at an angle. A lot of the hair on top was left alone because it already fit the length of the style. I used thinning scissors to thin out the sides and back. I styled it with mouse and texturizer while it is wet, blow dry, straight iron, tease and fuss with, then finish with hairspray.
It is really important to me to also point out that you do not have to be short and tiny like Audrey Tautou to look beautiful with a short pixie hair cut. I am tall, round and have a double chin. But I feel the most comfortable and feminine with my hair short. I don't think you need to hide behind your hair. Even that little roll in the back of your neck deserves a little attention.
Oh, and this was my inspiration! Ginnifer Goodwin :)
Would you ever cut your own hair?