When I was 4 or 5, I managed to get my hands on a pair of scissors. My young and imaginative mind immediately set to work thinking of ways to use them. I ‘hid’ under the kitchen table (a truly clever decision, as it was open on all sides) and took a huge chunk out of my hair. Needless to say, the scissors were taken away and a good half-hour’s worth of scolding ensued.
Maybe I’ve never quite lost my fascination with cutting my own hair, because that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years. For the first year or so, I restricted the snipping to my bangs, but gradually grew bolder. I’ve only had one good salon haircut in my life, and grew increasingly frustrated at my bad luck. Trimming and layering my own hair, I discovered, was surprisingly simple.
Trimming is relatively straightforward, and you could probably bribe/coerce/ask a family member or friend to do it for you if you’re nervous. Layering seems like it would be much more difficult. It wasn’t until I stumbled across the CreaClip that I learned the easy way to layer.
Creaclips are essentially plastic clips. They contain levels in the center (similar to the ones you see on tripods) to help ensure an even cut. This video explains the layering process better than I can, so take a look:
Basically, I flip my hair over my head, clip, and have at it with a pair of hair shears (should run you around $10 at the drugstore). I copy the process up until 0:35, and then do a second round, flipping the hair behind my ears forward this time.
I received compliments on my last two or three cuts, so either everyone was lying out of pity, or they actually looked decent! Again, I haven’t had the best luck with salon cuts in the past, and I noticed that most of the time, I ended up with hair that looked very done, and not in a good way. I have a sneaking suspicion that cutting my own hair actually gives it a sort of easy-breezy quality, which a couple of you have commented on (thank you, I blushed).
- The CreaClip channel, which has tons of video tutorials for different hair lengths and styles. They can get a little redundant, but it’s a great resource to have.
- Also thought the level was a nice touch, as it distinguishes the CreaClip from the regular clip. The curve on the big clip gives me natural looking layers.
- Very easy to use. I was nervous the first time, but the process takes about 5 minutes.
- The price, $29.99 + shipping & handling gets you a big clip plus a little one for bangs. It’s less expensive than going to the salon when you break down the cost per use, plus it’s nice to have for people who like to get their hair cut once or twice a year, but would prefer to touch up their hair at home every month. On the other hand, $30 is a bit expensive for two clips with a level.
I know I wouldn’t have been brave enough to cut my hair without a ‘crutch’ the first time around, and I continue to rely on this for even layers (still traumatized from the diagonal bowl cuts my mom used to give me. Not as stylish as they might sound). If you’re one of those fearless souls who don’t need any reassurance to cut hair, you don’t need this, but otherwise, it makes the process a lot quicker and less scary. In any case, I’d recommend you take a look at their video tutorials for easy peasy layering.
Have you ever cut your own hair before? Want to share your most traumatic haircut stories? I’m all ears!
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