If you’ve vowed to be more budget-conscious this year, you may have found yourself glancing at the mirror and wondering: Can’t I just cut my own hair? Or maybe you’ve had times when you’ve imagined yourself dramatically chopping your locks into an edgy bob, just like a dramatic rom-com breakup scene. We get it: the itch to take a pair of scissors to your own hair is sometimes too powerful to ignore. However, for the sake of your look and your hair’s health, it’s important that you fight temptation and head over to see a professional stylist instead. Our Cary hairdresser explains why below. 

You Don’t Have the Right Tools 

If you happen to own a pair of hair shears (and you know how to use them), you can skip this part. Everyone else, pay attention: only hair shears should be used on hair. Kitchen shears are for kitchen things, and craft scissors are for, well, crafts. Even if, by some magic, you do get the style results you want (more on that below), those thick scissors will damage your hair and give you split ends. You’re better off heading to a salon, where your stylist will have a pair of $200 shears and a lifetime of experience using them. 

Keeping Your Own Hair Even is Basically Impossible 

In order to cut your hair perfectly, your head needs to be held still throughout the cut. This is basically impossible to do if you’re also the one holding the scissors. Hair styling, like surgery or dental work, is really something that needs to be performed on you by someone else. Even if you’re sure you know what you’re doing, it’s hard to get the right results when you’re the one on the other end of the scissors. 

Your Stylist Can Access All of Your Head 

This probably goes without saying, but another advantage your hairstylist has over you is an unrestricted 360-degree view of your head—whereas you’re restricted to about 180. Unless you’re ElastaGirl or Mr. Fantastic, that means the only way you can cut all your hair is by pulling it all forwards on both sides. This usually results in uneven ends and a gap in the center back of the hair.

Hair Styling is an Art and a Science 

There’s a reason people go to school to become professional hair stylists: it’s a specialized skill that requires a lot of time and training to master. Even if you get the best scissors on the market, or somehow acquire magically elastic arms, you still won’t have the skills and experience to adequately perform a great haircut on your own. And that’s a good thing! If you never headed in to see a pro stylist, you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the ideas, suggestions, and knowledge they can provide. A good stylist will be able to spot if you’re struggling with damage, dryness, dandruff, or oiliness, and recommend products and solutions that will help. 

Need a Haircut in Cary? Stop by Artisan Hair Salon Today 

The moral of the story: Your best bet for a good haircut is finding a reputable stylist, bringing along good reference materials, and being honest about what you want. DIY-ing your haircut can only end in tears—or really, really bad bangs. Ready to stop in for a trim? Click here to book your appointment with our Cary Hair Salon.