The Homesteader’s Haircut – How to Cut and Layer Your Hair

I do not get my hair cut very often, probably 2-3 times a year.  So, when I did get it cut by a beautician, I made sure they cut a good bit off of it because who knows when the next time I would be back!

I have naturally curly hair.  Some would say that is a blessing, others would say the opposite.  I kind of like my curly hair, after all, that is what God gave me.  I tried to straighten it once a few years ago.  Don’t ask me why, but it was probably due to envying someone else’s hair.  Anyway, it took me two hours to straighten it and you know what?  I did not like it one bit!  After that, I never wanted different hair.

As homesteaders, we really can’t afford to be ‘high-maintenance’ if you know what I mean.  Not that I would want to even if money was not a factor.  It just goes against everything within me.  Besides, my husband would suffer miserably!

I am doing good if I cut my fingernails once a month.  And no, I do not use a file.  I can round them off pretty good with the clippers.  If I painted my fingernails, they would be messed up in one minute!  Sometimes, I feel a little homely compared to high maintenance gals, but I am reminded that God does not want us to flaunt ourselves.  We are to dress with humility.  I’m thinking shopping for clothes at Goodwill and Salvation Army is pretty humble!

Haircuts are on the very back burner of things to do.  Actually, they probably aren’t even on a burner, but a charcoal grill.  It is hard to find the time to get my hair cut, and I really do not like to leave the farm for things that aren’t important.  I am a homebody!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like to look nice, but I can look nice and keep it simple at the same time.

So, I decided to start cutting my own hair.  I not only cut the length off, but layer it at the same time.

Some of you who cut hair for a living, might read this and cringe.  But, this works for me, it’s simple and looks good enough in my book.

This picture is taken before I cut my hair.  Notice how there is not a whole lot of volume there.  Even though it is wet, my layers have all grown out so it is pretty flat.

I also want you to know that I felt really strange taking pictures of myself.  Stepping way out of my comfort zone here, just so you know!

First things first, brush your hair really well.  Then, divide your hair in half by splitting it down the middle. Brush out one half then pull it up above your head but slightly at an angle, depending on how much layer you want.  If you want more layer, pull it straight up, if less layer, angle it out away from you more.

Figure out how much you want to cut and hold it with your fingers.  I would start out with a smaller amount until you get the hang of it.  Better too little than too much in this instance!
Once you figure out how much to cut, position your fingers to where they won’t slip, hold and bring that section of hair within cutting reach as seen below.  Make sure you do not let any hair slip or fall.
You will then cut that section above the fingers.  Although this looks like it will be all one length, it will be layered.
You can see the difference below with the left side that has been cut and the right which has not.
Now, finish the other half the same way, only add a small clump of hair that you already cut for measurement.
If you brush thoroughly beforehand and cut it evenly, you should not have any unevenness in the length.
It’s still a little damp here, but you can see that there is more volume.  If you want more layers but do not want more off of the length, divide your hair in half again, only this time bring your hair a little bit more towards the mirror.  If your hair starts to come down in the back, you know you have gone too far.  Just make sure all of your hair is in that clump before you cut.  If you aren’t worried about the length, just redo the first couple of steps until you have reached the desired length.

Here are the rest of the pictures that I took of myself.  Definitely out of my comfort zone here!

Ahem….so there you have it!  The Homesteader’s Haircut!
I like to keep it simple and if I can do it myself, I will.  This is not a beautician’s haircut by no means, but it does the job and I get compliments on my hair at times, so I know it doesn’t look that bad!
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19 comments on “The Homesteader’s Haircut – How to Cut and Layer Your Hair

  1. Love your curly hair! Trying not to have hair envy! Mine is straight as a stick! I cut my kids' and husband's for years. I still chop on my own bangs. lol

  2. I think your hair looks lovely. My sister-in-law is a beautician and this is how she cuts her own hair…she showed me how to do this a few years ago. I have fine, bone-straight hair and it works on me as well, although, i have a little more trouble getting the ends even…my husband usually has to help out with the back. 🙂

  3. You look great! I do the same thing. Every one is always surprised that I cut my own hair, but I always respond that layers are easy. I have just a little wave to my salt and pepper hair, and the layers work pretty well. How nice that you were willing to put yourself "out there" to show this tutorial. I'm sure you will inspire some ladies. I can never justify the expense of a salon cut, though the pampering feels nice. 😉

  4. This is so funny, I cut my hair today too! A curly head also, and I use the same method. Every once in a while, I have someone trim straight across the back to keep things even.

  5. It looks lovely! I generally have my sister cut my hair but sometimes it is hard to schedule a time to be at her house and get it done and I have thought about doing my own. I do cut my children and husband's hair. I also have natural curl (though not as much as yours) and though once and a while I think it would be fun to have straight mostly I enjoy it. I was reminded again this morning how many with straight hair would love to have some curl – especially young girls. My 7 year old daughter really wishes she had hair like mine and this morning a young piano student mentioned my curls and her straight hair a little wistfully.

  6. I have been to the hairdresser twice in the last 20 years: on my wedding day and on my sister's wedding day. My hair is stick-straight so I cut it to the length I want and have my husband even it out in the back (I assume he does a good job, but who knows?!).

    You are lucky that you have lovely curls so that you can layer it by yourself. I wouldn't dare try cutting layers on myself – with straight hair, all the mistakes would be so obvious!

  7. HI Susie! (Your name?) You are such a brave girl! And what a great job you did on your hair! Your hair is beautiful and so are you! I love what you are doing on your homestead! There's so much that we want to do on ours but with the hubs working til dark everyday, it's hard to get projects completed! Thanks for sharing what you do and how you make it work, or not! Have a great week! Blessings from Bama!

    • Thanks, Felecia! Brave or crazy, one of the two:) Yes, it is hard when the hubby works alot. There are times we put progress on hold for that very reason. We are hoping that he can eventually quit his job. Keep praying!

  8. Wow, first of all, you have beautiful curly hair. Mine is mostly straight with a slight wave in it… and second of all, you did a fantastic job of cutting your own hair. I'm not that talented. I usually will let someone else cut it about every 4 months or so. I'm also in the process of letting it grow out, too…so I dont' want to cut it too often.

    Speaking of hair, do you have a special haircare routine for cleaning and conditioning? Your hair looks great 🙂

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 😉

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