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DIY Cutting Your Own Hair Extensions

The Battle

Are you at war with cutting your extensions? I know it can seem hard to handle.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Oy2pB3kQYqrSW1DMH_qaTtD7mTGD1AxWC6sJ4w82paA/edit?

I have thrown away good tracks due to damaged ends that I should have saved had I known how to cut my extensions. The issue with me had never been whether I knew how to cut the tracks because I cut hair all the time for my clients, it was able to execute my desired haircut on my extensions in my hair.

Fear no more because I’ve created some easy steps to cutting your extensions like a pro. What may seem impossible is now realistic and achievable with a few DIY hacks. So wait no longer, lets jump right into it.

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Analyzing what you want to Accomplish

Before you get to chopping those tracks, take a look in the mirror and examine what you want to accomplish.

Take a look at the length. Ponder on if you are trying to get layers or keep it simple with a blunt cut. Are you trying to cut bangs? Analyze before you get started because I’m going to show you multiple techniques and you can decide the one that fits best for you.

Please be advised that if your extensions are wavy or loose curls, the skills I am going to show you are implemented for the perfect final result!

Tools You Will Need

  • Shears of course!
  • Fine tooth comb
  • Front mirror (Preferably a mirror on the wall)
  • Back mirror (preferably a portable makeup mirror)
  • Hair ties
  • Hair clips
  • Hair Razor (also optional but for a more open flow on your ends. You can still achieve the bomb ends with just shears so if you don’t have a hair razor at home, don’t feel like you have to go out and purchase one!)
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Things You Need to Consider Before You Start

Ok, guys! I’m talking to you in a serious tone, and I need you to keep in mind that we must first be realistic.

You must know this will not be as perfect as it could if a professional was to execute it. You will not be a professional overnight. So don’t have high expectation for greatness after your first time because you do not want to be disappointed.

If you are looking to gain practice, purchase a cheap wig or cut one you already have. I say that because a wig is easily removable whereas a quick weave or sew-in is not. Make sure you cut what is visible. Don’t cut anything behind you; you can’t see just because it feels right. You are going to have to turn your head and see what you are doing so be ready to put in some arm work.

All in all, I’m going to teach you different ways to cut your extensions, and you can choose what works best for you. Who knows, it may come out the epitome of perfection!

Methods

Bomb Bangs

You can never go wrong with bangs especially when using bangs to cover your eyebrows after missing your scheduled waxing. In this section, I will teach you the best bang technique to go with when cutting your hair.

Blunt Cut Bangs

Step 1:

For blunt cut bangs, part your bang section (keep in mind parting your hair accurately is imperative for a good result.)

Take a fine tooth comb and comb through the front of your hair to ensure its tangle free. Section off the hair into a triangle. You want to start from the middle top of the head to the end of each eyebrow or right on the outside of the eyes.

Once you have all of your hair tied back and just your bang piece out, you are now ready to begin cutting.

Step 2:

Divide bang into three equal parts.

Begin with the middle section by placing the hair in between your index and middle fingers with the scissors in your dominant hand. Cut your middle section straight across meeting the top of the eyebrow.

Next, you want to grab the left or right section; it doesn’t matter which side you start on. Make sure you cut each one at a time lining the hair with the middle section to ensure you cut straight across for a blunt cut bang.

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Rounded Bangs

Step 1: Parting your bang section

Note: Keep in mind parting your hair precisely is imperative for a good result

Take a fine tooth comb and comb through the front of your hair to ensure its tangle free. Section off the hair into a triangle. You want to start from the middle top of the head to the end of each eyebrow or right on the outside of the eyes.

Once you have all of your hair tied back and just your bang piece out, you are now ready to begin cutting.

Step 2: Divide bang into three equal parts

Begin with the middle section by placing the hair in between your index and middle fingers with the scissors in your dominant hand. Cut your middle section straight across meeting the top of the eyebrow.

Next, you want to grab your following sections one at a time again. Whichever side you start with, hold your shears down in a slant and lining it up with the middle piece and cut down.

Repeat action on the next side, and there you have it rounded Bomb bangs. For a more natural rounded bang, after your hair in part, you can comb to detangle, hold the whole bang piece a twist it.

Lie the hair between your middle finger and your first finger again and make sure your fingers meet the eyebrow. Cut straight across. When bang in released it will form its perfect rounded bang.

You can pretty much use this technique for any style bangs you want to cut. You always want to start by parting your hair into the triangle discussed earlier.

Rounded Bangs pertaining to Curved Bangs Hairstyle

Effortless Ends

Your ends are a part of hair maintenance. Just because we are discussing extensions, the same hair care tips go for your tracks.

After consecutively adding heat and damage and constant wear. You may believe it’s time to give up on extensions. A good trim will do just the trick to get those tracks flowing like brand new.

Step 1: Divide your hair into four sections

Begin parting your hair down the middle from front to back. Then across from one ear to the next as straight as you can get it. That is why the other handheld mirror comes into play. You can use it as a guide to be able to see the back of your hair in the mirror.
When your hair separates into four sections, start with the back two sections

Start with one of the back two sections first and part your hair starting from the bottom. Apart not to thick but not too thin either.
Pin the rest of your remaining hair in that section up.

Now grab the other back section and part the hair where your original part meets. Then your remaining hair backs up on that side too.

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Step 2: Begin Cutting

At this point, you are ready to begin cutting by placing the scissors in your writing hand.

Take the hand that you don’t write with and place the hair in between your first and index finger. Slide your fingers down from the top to where your split end begin and cut everything underneath your fingers.

Repeat this step cutting as evenly as you can and remove the split ends until your finished with the back of your hair. When cutting the front/sides of your hair, you can pretty much use the same technique as you did the back. Part thin pieces of the hair and use your hair in the back as a length guide on each side.

Be sure to cut your split ends evenly for good hair extensions, allowing your ends to be revived and blowing fearlessly in the wind.

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Bangin’ Bob

I bet you have wanted to continue wearing your extensions before by cutting your weave into a cute short style, but you were unable to do so. You both tried and failed miserably, or you didn’t even try at all. Right now I’m going to teach you how to cut a bob on your own successfully.

Step 1: Parting your hair

The first thing you want to do is part your hair accordingly. Part your hair straight down the middle into two sections.
This will allow you to be able to work on one section at a time.

Step 2: Cutting your hair

You are going to need your shears and razor at this point and a lot of patience because you have to take your time. Brush your hair out to ensure the hair detangles.

Use your shears to cut a quarter inch under your desired length. Cut hair as straight as you possibly can and repeat on the other side until the hair meets in the middle.

After your hair is as straight as you can get it, use your razor to blend all imperfections. This is why I suggested cutting a quarter inch under your desired length because your cutter will take a bit of height off your original cut. After using your razor, look through your hair one more time and use your sheers to the right any leftover wrongs. If you want it bone straight, press it with a flat iron or if it’s already wavy leave as is.

There you have it, flawless bobs for any occasion. Time to do it ourselves ladies, no more throwing away bundles because we can’t cut it ourselves. Or instead of paying someone to cut it for you, use that money to buy the materials to cut it yourself.

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Lovely Layers

Layers are so important, giving your hair that bouncy effect you love when you do a standard head switch. Let’s tap into some different ways you can use to cut your layers for a dramatized look.

Step 1: Ponytail technique

Cutting your hair in layers will be the most comfortable thing you have ever cut in your life!

No matter what tier your desire, its achieved with a straightforward ponytail. The depth of your layers will all depend on how high or low you put the ponytail.

Step 2: Getting started

Comb and brush your hair back into the neatest ponytail you could ever image, so you don’t run into any mistakes in the end.

If you would like your layers discrete, you want to do a low ponytail. If you would like them medium, place your ponytail in the middle of the head. If you are looking for in-depth layers, try a high ponytail.

Once you have figured out which lovely layer style you want, tug the ponytail holder and pull it as if you are pulling it off in the same direction you put it on. Stop at about an inch or two inches from the end and cut any remaining hair off on the other side of the of the hair tie.

As the hair falls down notice, you are all the rave layers and if you want to enhance them, curl the ends for a bouncy appearance.

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D.I.Y. aka Did It Yourself

Ladies the time has now come for us to be able to master our hair crisis when we are in need.

Stop feeling like we can’t achieve something without even trying. Stop ridding yourself of useful extensions and hold on to those funds by spending less and doing more. It’s not impossible, I mean it takes time, but it is worth it to get more wear out of your extensions for a good two or three more weeks. Go from doing it yourself to did it yourself!

With a little faith in yourself, you will be cutting your hair extensions like a pro in no time.

About Joydan Dawson

Joydan D'nay is a writer and an aspiring publicist. She acquired her cosmetology license in high school. She used that license to financially support herself through college doing hair and nails. Graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication, she has an entrepreneur mindset and ready to get her feet wet in the field of media, public relations, and all things beauty.

3 thoughts on “DIY Cutting Your Own Hair Extensions

  1. EuNisha says:

    I admire the people who can cut their hair themselves. I, however, can not and I refuse to run around with my hair looking like who did it and what for lol.

  2. Felicia Mcp says:

    Thank you for this!! I have an old wig that I wanted to convert into a bob but I never had the courage to pick my scissors. After reading this, I think I’ll start with the low ponytail and continue from there. I want to DIY aka Do it Myself 😉

  3. Veronica Carson says:

    Cutting my own weave is hectic. I rather someone cut it for me. I always cut one side longer than the other.

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