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How to Make It Between Salon Visits and Trim Your Own Hair's Layers

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When you don't have time to make an appointment for a hair trim at the salon, you can take some of your hair care into your own hands and learn a beauty-school tip. Here are some instructions to help you successfully trim your medium-to-long layers in between salon visits.

Select the Right Shears 

The first step before you can cut your hair the right way is to make sure you have a pair of very sharp scissors. You can buy a pair of hair-cutting shears, but a pair of sharp scissors may work just as well.

An unscientific experiment was completed testing out using salon shears and using sharp scissors on hair to see which one left hair ends in the best condition. It was found that sharp scissors worked just as well as expensive salon shears to cut hair effectively. Each type of scissors can cut the edges of each of your hairs evenly and without damaging the ends.

Never use dull or worn scissors, as these can cause damage to the ends of your hair, with the ends of your hairs splitting and becoming jagged. It is important that the scissors you use to cut your hair don't trap your hair between its dull blades but instead cuts cleanly through the hairs. Make sure you keep the scissors to use on only your hair and not use them to cut paper or other materials with.

Trim Your Hair with Layers

If you have medium or long hair, you know how important it is to have it cut often to prevent damage to the ends of the hair. The longer your hair is, the older it is and the more susceptible it is to splint ends and breaking. For this reason, it is important to get your hair trimmed often to keep it looking and feeling healthy. But all the commitments and responsibilities in your life can make getting to the salon difficult. Fortunately, it is quite simple to trim your hair with layers at home in between your salon visits.

For medium and long hair, it is recommended to trim your hair every 6 to 12 weeks. Keep in mind that everyone's hair is different. Depending on your heat-styling regime and whether your hair is colored or highlighted, you might need to use a different schedule. If your hair is more dry and damaged, you may want to trim more often than other people might.

It is best to cut your own hair while it is dry. The reason for this is that wet hair can stretch slightly, and you also may find it easier to brush your hair smoothly in one direction for trimming it when it is dry. 

To trim and cut short layers in your hair, brush all your hair up to the top of your head to a point just above your forehead. Wrap an elastic around your hair to make a ponytail at the point above your forehead. If you have longer layers in your hair and want to trim them to keep them long, brush your hair up to the crown of your head and wrap the elastic around your hair at this point. The further back you position the first ponytail, the longer your hair's layers will be.

Next, wrap a second elastic around the ponytail and pull this elastic slowly down the length of the ponytail, straight out in front of your face, pulling your hair into one point. Trim the end of the ponytail, cutting from the bottom to the top. Look at the edges of your hair to make sure you cut the ends evenly. Trim off the ends of the hair that show damage, or cut more if you want to trim additional length off.

Use these tips to help you select appropriate shears for trimming your own hair and learn how to trim the layers in your hair when you can't get to the salon.