June 17, 2024
Learn how to cut your own layered haircut step-by-step. This complete guide includes a video tutorial, expert advice, product recommendations, and styling ideas to achieve a cost-effective and trendy look.


Layered haircuts are a versatile and trendy option for those looking for a fresh new style. With the right technique and practice, it’s possible to give yourself a layered cut without the expense of going to the salon. In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide, video tutorial, expert interview, styling ideas, common mistakes to avoid, and our top product recommendations for keeping your layers looking fresh and healthy.

Step-by-Step Guide

Before you begin, make sure you have sharp hairdressing scissors, a comb, and clips to section the hair. Follow these steps for a successful layered haircut:

1. Divide the hair into sections

Using clips, divide your hair into three sections: top, middle and bottom. Make sure to keep the sections separate to avoid confusion and uneven cutting.

2. Determine the length of the layers

Decide on the length of the shortest layer, and work your way up to the longest layer. For a subtle layered look, cut the shortest layer halfway between the chin and shoulders. For a more dramatic look, cut the shortest layer at the jawline.

3. Cut the first layer

Starting with the bottom section and using your comb and scissors, cut the first layer to your desired length. To achieve a blended look, avoid cutting straight across, instead hold the scissors at a 45-degree angle.

4. Move on to the next layer

Release the middle section and comb through. Position your scissors at the same angle as the first layer and cut the hair to meet the length of the first layer.

5. Repeat until all layers are cut

Release the top section and repeat the process, cutting to the desired length to meet the previous layer.

6. Style the hair

Once your hair is cut, style as desired. Blow-dry with a round brush to add volume, or use a flat iron for a sleek look.

7. Additional tips and tricks for a successful cut

Keep in mind that it’s easier to cut less hair and go back to trim more, rather than cutting too much at once. Comb each layer thoroughly before cutting to avoid uneven cuts. Use mirrors to check the back of your head and make sure all layers are balanced.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide to cutting a layered haircut step-by-step, check out our video tutorial below.

Expert Interview

We spoke to professional hairdresser and layered haircut specialist, Sarah Jackson.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make when cutting their own hair is using blunt scissors,” says Sarah. “Invest in quality hairdressing scissors for a successful cut.”

Sarah also recommends following your natural parting, and avoiding cutting too many layers to prevent a choppy, unblended look.

Styling Ideas

Layered haircuts offer endless styling options. Here are some of our top picks:

Beachy Waves: Apply styling mousse to damp hair and twist small sections into tight curls. Use a diffuser on your hair dryer to set the curls.

Side-Swept Bangs: Sweep your longer layers to one side, and cut a fringe to frame your face.

Braids: Create a Dutch braid down the center of your head, tucking in your layers for a sleek look.

Common Mistakes

When cutting a layered haircut, it’s easy to make these common mistakes:

Cutting too much: It’s important to start with a small amount of hair and work your way up to avoid cutting off too much.

Uneven layers: Comb each layer thoroughly to avoid uneven cuts.

Using blunt scissors: Don’t attempt to cut your hair with kitchen scissors, invest in professional grade hairdressing scissors.

Product Recommendations

To keep your freshly cut layers looking healthy and shiny, here are our top product picks:

Shampoo: Matrix Biolage Advanced Full Density Shampoo

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Styling product: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream


Cutting your own layered haircut may seem daunting at first, but with the right tools, technique, and practice, it’s a cost-effective and rewarding option. Remember to take it slow, and don’t be afraid to book a professional cut if you need some extra guidance.

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