Shearing Season–aka the self-inflicted summer cut
I like to cut my own hair, and have gotten so I can usually pull it off without the need for a brown paper bag standing by. My favorite is the layered cut, ’cause it takes my heavy mane and makes it manageable and, as an added plus, is very forgiving of mistakes.
Just for comparisons sake, this is me before the cut. As you can see, it’s gotten all scraggly and scary. Small children have screamed and little old ladies have fainted.
The basics are pretty simple: Comb all the hair up on top of the head, right at the crown. Make sure you center this over your nose rather than, say, your left or right eye. Unless you go around with your head always tilted to one side or have some paper bags you’ve just gotta find a use for. Here I’m making that first brave snip.
You’re guesstimating how many inches you want lopped off, based on where you want the hair to land on your face. Such as, cheekbone or nose. Hint: Measure first, then snip.
As a second stage, I gather just a bit from the top and give it a twist, then cut it straight across. This time I’m only taking off a little bit–maybe a half inch. I then twist the other direction and even it up. I do this to add to the layered look on top and remove the clear line between the old cut and new.
And, voila! I have a new haircut!
I can’t remember anymore where I first learned of this cut, but here you’ll find a pretty good step-by-step guide, in case you want to try it yourself.
DISCLAIMER: I am not suggesting anyone use scissors unless they can do so safely, and without the poking of eyes or trimming of ears. If you are underage (or drunk), get a (sober) adult’s help. Don’t blame me if you hate your cut. If you represent or advocate for brown paper bags, please note that I in no way discrimate against brown paper bags and fondly use them for many other things. Like a peace-offering to my son when I cut his hair.