Found in the World: A Hack Without the Hacking

Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that there are way more pressing issues in the world than my haircut at the moment. Even excluding the current circumstances by which we all find ourselves swallowed. Logic aside, hair appointments serve a purpose beyond cosmetics. 

A fresh haircut makes me feel put together. Amidst uncertainty, routine is one thing that consistently keeps me grounded, which is why Brad Mondo’s Guide to Cutting Your Own Hair Without Ruining It has been a life-saver. Let’s talk about this hackless hack for the latest installment of FITW! Lock up the kitchen shears and keep reading….

Some worldly tips

Brad’s tutorial is made easy if you have the right tools to follow along with. To be clear, this hack is only hackless if you’re not using mom’s chicken-fat-cutting scissors from the junk drawer. It doesn’t have to be an expense that breaks the budget. Keeping in mind that your total costs will still turn out less than a trip to the salon, you’ll want to have these items for the tutorial:

REAL Hair Cutting Shears are hugely instrumental in achieving the desired result (in this case, the desired result is an even and blended cut). I picked up a pair of Fromm Venture “5.75 shears from Sally Beauty. I can’t find them through Sally’s site, but you can get them for the same price I paid at Ulta—it only put me out under $20. 

You’ll need hair ties to follow this tutorial, but you’d preferably have -bold-mini-elastics at your disposal. I used some average-sized hair ties for my cut. From experience, I’ll say the average ties are cumbersome and make it difficult to see exactly where your hair will end up falling post-snip. You can find 400-count packages in colors of your choice at Sally’s for a whopping $1.69. I would recommend the more colorful ones, as they are easier to see even on dark hair.

Literally any kind of handheld mirror will make Brad’s tutorial loads easier. Tragically, I didn’t think to grab anything but shears on my preparatory trip to Sally Beauty. I didn’t have one at my disposal to follow along resultantly. The tutorial is not impossible without one, but cutting your back sections takes some awkward angles and creativity to accomplish without one. 

Now that you’ve got the supplies to snip, let’s shear into the Hairdressers Guide to Cutting Your Own Hair Without Ruining It. 

What hacks I found out all about

I figured saving $200 (yes, that’s what I spend on an average salon trip) would be more difficult. Brad’s erudite bubbliness, paired with a tangible passion for what he’s doing makes the nerve-wracking process of cropping your own crown a fun adventure. I will mention the same thing he does at the tutorial’s beginning here: This is not a salon-quality haircut replacement. The best result you will get is a level, smooth haircut without all the frills. Maybe with layers. 

The first step is to prepare your hair for cutting. Hairdressers have the expertise it takes to save two wash and blow out processes—you do not. You’ll want to wash; blowdry; and, by recommendation, straighten the hair before you cut. That way your ameteur eyes can easily recognize where the cut will fall as soon as you’ve made it. This step is essential to curly hair.

For step two, you will part your freshly-washed, pin-straight hair into an average of four sections. Fine to medium hair most likely won’t need more than four sections to parse out a balanced cut. Those with medium-thick to thick hair will want six or more sections, as large chunks of hair can’t be sheared evenly. 

You can section by running the tooth of a comb down the middle of your hair for the first two parts. After that, you can draw sections out by balancing the comb at your head’s apex and create smaller sections from there. My thick head of hair lazily sectioned only four strips. It worked out well enough for me, but definitely took some tuning up to really even everything out.

Step three is the real deal,  because you begin to point-cut your hair. Point-cutting is the technique of snipping by the tip of your blades rather than straight across. Shearing like this will prevent glaringly uneven sections, and the dreaded step effect. I started out with straight cuts to drop the bulk of my hair. After getting to my desired length, I fine-tuned with point cuts. 

Found results

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After another (much easier, without all of my old and frizzy hair) wash and blow out, I ended up with a fun cut. There’s no real style or flare to it. It’s just a touslable, even length that will bring me through to when I’m comfortable venturing out to the salon once more. Brad does show you how to add layers at the end of the video—but I didn’t want to push my luck. I’m thrilled with my healthy bob, to say the least; I’ve always wanted to try this length that most hairdressers I’ve asked are too cautious to oblige. 

Brad Mondo is much more than funny react videos, which are totally worth the watch if you have time to kill. His talents kept me safe and styled during this quarantine. What hacks have kept you functioning and fabulous during our time inside for 2020? Let us know in the comments!

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