Our good friend and next door neighbor Alexis Wheeler was written up in The New York Times in an article "How to Cut Your Own Hai"r. Seagull Salon and CrownHairNYC have have enjoyed a nearly twenty year long relationship, and we are so excited to see Alexis recognized in the New York Times for her superior cutting skill and our shared DIY approach to hair in general.
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“Style it dry and identify what’s not working,” says Alexis Wheeler, who owns the Crown salon in New York. “Is it too dense? Is it too long over all? Are the layers too long on top?” Get the right tools. Wheeler says that any kind of shears will work: “I know a lot of people who cut their hair with nail scissors.”
Situate yourself someplace where you will be comfortable. Some self-stylists will be more at ease cutting by feel; others will prefer to use their own reflection. “When you’re looking in the mirror, it’s super disorienting,” Wheeler says. “It takes a while to figure out what you’re seeing. When I use a mirror, I have to switch my body position to really see what I’m cutting. It’s awkward at first, to see where your body is and where the hair you want to cut is and where the scissors are.” Negotiate that spatial relationship by taking your time and by focusing on a fixed point in the reflected background to establish depth of field.
If you have thick curly hair and want to take out some of the weight, part your hair and separate out some sections underneath the part. Move your fingers about two to three inches away from the scalp. “You don’t want to cut on your part,” Wheeler says. “You want it on the inside of your hair.” If you have very fine hair, be cautious and “careful not to create blunt lines.” Don’t try to finish the job too quickly. “I have clients who have given themselves full haircuts,” she says. “They go really slowly. Take a little bit off and look at it.”
The most important thing, according to Wheeler, is to “cut with confidence.” She has been cutting her own hair since she was 12 and has coached relatives and friends over Skype through self-given haircuts. Here’s how you know when you are done: “You cut something, you shake your hair out and it looks good to you. Or you feel scared — that feeling would be a good stopping point too.”
Wheeler also advises that it’s “important to have a relationship with a stylist so that if you have a hair emergency, they can bail you out.”
“Everything can be fixed,” she says.