These At-Home Hair Tips Are So Effective Your Stylist Won't Know You Cheated

Okay, here's the tea. We're not necessarily condoning cutting your hair at home, and, quite honestly, we don't want you to cheat on your hairdresser. Not only will hair experts everywhere be incredibly dependent on your business once stay-at-home orders begin to relax, but there's also a large margin for error your stylist would really rather you avoid altogether. (There's a reason they're the experts, after all.)

That said, since no one seems entirely sure when, exactly, we'll be able to run back into the arms and chairs of our colourists and stylists, and since our hair has this annoying little habit of, well, growing, an at-home haircut might at some point become necessary. (Even if it's solely for the sake of preserving your sanity.)


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We don't want you to walk into the abyss of at-home hair maintenance without ample support, so I reached out to my own hair hero (celeb hairstylist and co-founder of 454 North Salon Cervando Maldonado in Los Angeles) to get all of his and a few fellow stylists' best at-home hair tips in one spot. Fear not—their easy-to-follow dos and don'ts totally have your back until you're able to come back in. So without further ado…

Don't: Starve Your Hair of Hydration

Do: Make Your Own Hair Mask

Don't: Let Scalp Residue Build Up

Do: Use an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Don't: Over-Experiment With Hot Tools While You're Home

Do: Try Braiding & Embracing Your Natural Texture

Don't: Try Bleaching Your Own Hair

Do: Embrace Purple Shampoo

Don't: Cut Your Fringe

Do: Invest in Chic Hair Accessories

If You MUST Cut Your Hair at Home…

Don't: Give Yourself a Completely New Look

Do: Give Yourself a Micro-Trim

Don't: Start Cutting Without a Support System

Do: Seek a Professional Consultation

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"If you don’t trust yourself or are nervous about cutting your own hair, put the scissors down and ask your stylist if they can give you a FaceTime consultation and tips on how you can give yourself a trim," Garcia advises.


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On the same front, Maldonado recommends searching social media to seek advice from reputable hairdressers which can provide a visual for the process or look you're trying to achieve. 

Don't: Ignore Your Natural Hair Texture

Do: Trim Your Hair Dry, Not Wet


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"Hair length and texture play a huge role if you're considering cutting your own hair," explains Garcia. "The longer the hair is, the easier it will be, and the shorter the hair is, the more difficult it will be. Clients with curly hair have a bit more leeway for mistakes, as curls can act as great camouflage, but then if you cut too much, it can result in major shrinkage. Those with fine or straight hair have to be a bit more careful and precise."


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Another important note? If you're going to attempt an at-home haircut, make sure you don't get snip happy on wet hair. 

"It's always best to trim on dry hair," confirms 454 North hairstylist Jerrod Roberts. "If you cut on wet hair, you'll end up taking off more length than you think you are. Comb the hair straight off the head and then use the tips of your scissors to cut directly into the hair between your fingers to take off length." 

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This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.