Must-read advice before cutting your own hair

Hairstylist Anthony Nader shares his expert opinion

Beauty Crew Contributor / May 25 2017

Sometimes paying a pro to give you a haircut can seem out of the question for both your wallet and your schedule. It can be all too tempting to eye off your kitchen scissors, assessing the sharpness of the blades you used to open a packet of two-minute noodles last night. In the best interest of your hair, we had RAW owner and hairstylist Anthony Nader weigh in on whether DIY haircuts are worth the cents saved.

Let’s be clear: this isn’t a how-to on cutting your hair at home. “Let’s just say it’s never ideal,” says Nader. “Every haircut has a technical thought process behind it and that takes years of training and not just a quick Google search on ‘How to cut your hair at home’”.

We would never recommend re-styling your whole head, but if your fringe needs a trim, even Nader (reluctantly) agrees it’s a quick-fix option. “A fringe ‘dusting’ is doable in between salon visits as this won’t change the shape too much and just nibbles off the very ends.”

For those who aren't sure what Nader means he says 'dusting', it refers to a very minimal trim, which is as far as you should ever take your at-home hairdresser skills. We recommend always using sharp hairdresser scissors, and erring on the side of caution. Snip a little, step back to assess, then continue if needed little by little.

For a drastic change without the permanency (and risk) of going a full chop, Nader suggests experimenting with fringe pieces or playing with wigs; an option proving super popular among celebrities lately. Kim Kardashian, Shay Mitchell, Rihanna, and Kylie Jenner are all just a few of the celebs who have chosen to fake it (quite convincingly, might we add).


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Stephanie covered BEAUTYcrew's beauty news and social content for a joyful stint in 2016, and now lives and plays in New York City, salivating over unlimited Sephora options and everything bagels while working as the Marketing Manager of Global Goods Partners, a women-empowering social enterprise.