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20 Steps to At-home Layers

Many of us probably have a horror story like this one: ‘You walk in the beauty salon, excited to get your new hairstyle look, sit in the chair and then a disaster happens. Your hair got too short and it has some weird pointy sideburns!’ A trip to the beauty salon can be both an expensive and awful experience when you don’t get what you actually wanted. There is a simple solution to your problem! Have you ever thought of cutting your own hair? If you have a soft, slightly layered style that could use a trim, then the easy steps below will guide you throughout the way.

Step 1: Brush your hair nicely to remove any knots or tangles.

Step 2: Divide your hair into two sections so it will be easier and quicker for you to trim it. Grab half of your hair into a bun at the top of your head and secure it with a hair band. This way the bottom section of your hair will remain.

Step 3: Divide the bottom part in the middle and place both sections in front.

Step 4: Wet your hair and comb each strand straight. Then, drag your fingers down your hair and measure where you want to cut it. If you just want to give your hair a small trim to get rid of your damaged ends, then just cut an inch or two of your hair.

Step 5: To get rid of the blunt edges, cut straight up into your ends to thin them out and make them more feathered.

Step 6: Pull another section of your hair down, wet it and comb it straight.

Step 7: Following the same technique, part the hair and pull your new pieces to the front. Match the lengths to you original cuts, hold the scissors just below your fingers and cut the ends. When trimming your hair, always make sure that your ends match up.

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you are left with a thin section running from the front of your part, to the back.

Step 9: Part out a section from the back, wet and comb it straight.

Step 10: Pull down the back section so you can match up the lengths of your shortest layer.

Step 11: Keep your finger on the desired length, pull the section to the front and trim the ends. Re-check the length until you’re satisfied.

Step 12: Take down the last pieces of your hair and wet them with warm water. Again, choose the length of your shortest front layer and cut a straight line. Make sure it matches with your back layer.

Step 13: Part your hair again, pull the sections to the front and brush everything straight down.

Step 14: Use a small comb to part out a thin front section.

Step 15: Pull your front section straight to one side and identify how long you want the layer to be.

Step 16: Cut from the bottom at your longest layer, in a straight line ending at your shortest layer.

Step 17: Part out another front section of your hair.

Step 18: Pull it straight out to the side, repeating steps 15, 16 and 17 until you have cut all your layers.

Step 19: Brush out your hair, and fix up any uneven parts.

Step 20: Add a little leave-in conditioner on your ends and lengths of your hair. You new hairstyle is ready! Congratulations on your big beauty success!