If you have long, straight hair, then it is the perfect time to go for the 'big snip' to enjoy a lighter, cooler hairstyle all summer long. You don't even have to go to a salon or recruit a helper when you follow these tips for cutting your own hair at home. These techniques are most suitable for cutting straight and slightly wavy hair. 

Home Haircut #1: Long Layers

You can use this easy technique for a final result that ranges from slightly layered ends to an extreme layered cut. All you need are:

  1. Sharp scissors. 
  2. Snag-free hairband. 
  3. Comb. 

Once you have your supplies, start with clean, dry hair. Make sure your hair is tangle-free by using a good conditioner after shampooing or spraying your hair with a detangling spray before drying. 

For slightly layered ends (you can always try this cut first, then add more layers later!), comb all of your hair straight back and secure it in a tight ponytail in the very back of your head. Pull the hair band straight back until you reach the spot where you would like to make the big snip. 

Position the scissors just above the hair band, and cut. Let your hair fall into a great, layered style!

For more layers, follow all of the above instructions, but position the hair band higher up on your scalp. You can place the ponytail at the very top of your head for the most extreme layered effect. No matter how high you go with your ponytail, just make sure it does not veer left or right and stays right in line with your spine for even final results. 

Home Haircut #2: Straight Across 

This cut will leave you with a shorter length than what you have right now and no layers. You need the same supplies as above and also dry, tangle-free hair. 

Follow these steps:

  1.  Pull your hair back into a ponytail at the very base of your neck, as close to your hairline as possible. 
  2. Slide the hair band down the length of your hair slowly. Keep facing straight ahead while you slide the band, and be careful not to move your head to the left or right. 
  3. Once you hit the spot where you want to snip, tighten the band as securely as possible.
  4. Once the band is very tight, you can swing the hair around to the front to snip it. 
  5. Remove the band and brush. You then have shorter hair that will be slightly longer in the front.
  6. To correct this asymmetrical style, you must part your hair down the middle and bring each side of your hair to the front. 
  7. Comb each side, then snip the longer ends to match the shorter ones. 

This technique for a straight-across cut can seem intimidating at first, but once you try it, you will realize it is much simpler than it sounds. 

Summer is a time to break free from long, hot hair, so have some fun and experiment with your style! Your hair will feel lighter after you make the 'big snip' and you can feel proud that you did it all by yourself. If you're interested in learning more hair-cutting techniques, consider taking classes from a company like Cannella School of Hair Design.