How to Cut Long Hair Short: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Cut Long Hair Short: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Cut Long Hair Short: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

For many people, going from long to short hair is a big step. If you've grown your hair long but want to drastically change your hairstyle, make sure you choose the right style and minimize the stress of the process. It doesn't have to be scary.


Part 1 of 3: Picking out a haircut

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Step 1. Choose a hairstyle that suits the shape of your face

Do you opt for a very short punk rock haircut or do you want to cut just a few centimeters to get a nice summer haircut? Whatever haircut you want to have, it is important that you choose something that fits the shape of your face.

  • If you have a very round face, try a bob or a layered haircut that better frames your face.
  • If you have a smaller face or a clear facial structure, a pixie haircut may suit your features better.
  • If your face is oval in shape, then almost any hairstyle will suit your face shape.
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Step 2. Think about getting a layered haircut

If you want to have a dynamic layered haircut, you will have to section your hair and cut the sections at different lengths to make the hair fall soft and evenly behind your head. Cutting this hairstyle takes a little more time and you may need some help and mirrors.

To cut your hair in layers, determine where the shortest layer should fall and cut the top layer of hair to that length. Then use the top layer as an aid to cut the rest of your hair less short towards your shoulders. Hold your hair at an angle so that the layers flow into each other neatly. Then touch up the layers again so that they are even

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Step 3. Think about going for a very short haircut

One of the easiest ways to cut long hair short is to use clippers and shave your hair. If you are tired of your long hair and want to have very short hair, it won't take you much time and you won't have to think twice about it if you have a good clipper.

Another way to cut your hair quickly and easily is to make a ponytail in your hair and just cut it off. Using a mirror, trim your ends and cut them at an angle to make it look like you have layers in your hair

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Step 4. Look at examples of hairstyles for inspiration

As with other hairstyles, it can help to find some pictures of hairstyles that you really like to help you prepare for the cut. If you think short hair will look good on you, it will certainly help ease your fears if you pick out some flattering short haircuts to recreate yourself.

Try to find someone with roughly the same face shape. If you have a rounder face, it probably doesn't make sense to choose someone with a very long face and copy his or her haircut

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Step 5. Think about going to the hairdresser

If you want to get a large section of your hair cut, it's usually best to go to the barber and talk to him or her and get your hair cut professionally. This is especially a good idea if you have long hair and would like to have a short pixie haircut. You can cut your own hair fine, but if it is a big job, it is best to choose a professional. You can discuss with your hairdresser which hairstyles suit you best and ensure that your hair is cut evenly and professionally. Your hair will look beautiful.

Part 2 of 3: Preparing your hair

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Step 1. Before and after cutting, use a hair mask

If it's been a long time since you've cut your hair, don't let the sudden loss of volume make your hair look limp and thin. Using hair masks in addition to your regular shampoo and conditioner will keep your hair strong and healthy.

Use hair masks that contain keratin that help strengthen and nourish your hair. If you have very damaged hair, opt for a keratin treatment that is twice or three times stronger

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Step 2. Wash your hair thoroughly if you want to cut it yourself

Comb through your hair thoroughly and cut it while it is damp. Straighten curly or wavy hair with a flat iron or brush and a little hairspray or water. If you have very loose curls or waves, they will become straight when they get wet. However, if you have tight curls, they will likely stay in your hair when they get wet. You may need to straighten your hair with a flat iron before cutting it.

  • The straighter your hair, the easier it is to cut. Unless you like your straight hair, you can use curling irons, rollers, and other tools to get your hair back into waves and curls after cutting.
  • It may be easier for you to cut your hair while it's dry. Just do what you think works best.
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Step 3. Use small, sharp scissors

It is better not to cut your hair with old kitchen scissors. Be sure to use sharp, clean barber scissors so that you can cut cleanly and keep your hair looking great. It is best to cut your own hair with small scissors.

Some people like to cut their hair with a shaving comb. However, if your hair is very long, you will first need to cut a section with regular scissors. You can easily touch up your hair with a shaving comb after you've cut layers

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Step 4. Cut your hair in a clean area with a hard floor

If you haven't cut your hair in a while, a lot of hair will fall to the floor. If you start with a ponytail, you will be able to keep your hair together relatively easily, but otherwise you will create a lot of mess. Take some steps to make it easy to clean up if you plan on cutting your hair indoors.

  • Make sure to cut your hair in an area with a hard or laminate floor like the kitchen or bathroom. Remove all bath mats, rugs, and other items that may prevent you from sweeping the floor properly. After cutting, wipe the hair immediately and throw it in the garbage.
  • Cutting your outside will make it easier to clean up. On a warm evening, set up a chair in your backyard to cut your hair and don't worry about cleaning up.
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Step 5. Buy some handheld mirrors

Regardless of whether you cut your hair yourself or someone else does it, it's a good idea to have some handheld mirrors on hand so you can check your progress regularly and make sure you're not cutting the hair too short at the back. Mirrors allow you to see your hair from all angles and make sure you don't miss anything.

Mirrors are also very suitable for viewing the result. However, if you can only see the area you want to cut with a mirror, don't try to cut your hair yourself

Part 3 of 3: Cutting your hair

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Step 1. Start with the ends of the hair

Depending on how damaged your hair is, it's generally best to trim about 1-2 inches of your hair. You will then trim the hair just above most of your split ends. Your hair will become and remain a lot healthier this way. Do not style and shape your hair until you have trimmed off any damaged strands if you have split ends.

If you have curly hair, you may have to wait up to 8 weeks to cut it. Most other hair types should be trimmed every 6 weeks or so to keep the hair healthy

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Step 2. Cut off a little bit at a time

If you're not sure what style you want, aren't happy with the advice you've been given, and don't think the style will suit you, start by cutting your hair inch by inch. That way you can tell when your hair is too short. Don't try to be quick and cut your hair in seconds. Take your time.

  • Measure your hair and hold the strands of hair straight down between your fingers. Trim the hair evenly and in a straight line if you want a blunt haircut. Hold your hair at a 45-degree angle if you want a bob. To layer, pin the sections of hair you want to use for the next layer so they don't get in the way.
  • Remember that you can always cut more of your hair, but you can't make your hair longer.
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Step 3. Always cut short pieces diagonally

You better not cut your hair straight. Instead, cut short sections diagonally when your hair is about the right length. This keeps your hair looking healthy and flowing instead of limp and flat.

Don't cut long sections straight or your hair will look flat and blunt. Remember that your hair will dry out and then be less straight (even if you have straight hair). So there is little point in trying to trim all the ends of your hair to exactly the same length. Hair looks dynamic when the ends are 'evenly irregular'

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Step 4. Wait a few days

Often the change from long hair to short hair is so big that you don't like the final result. Chances are you think you made a bad choice. Usually it takes a week for the hair to get a nice length and you get used to it.

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