At-Home Master ClassThe DIY Haircut by Stylist Julien Farel
Stuck at home and in desperate need of a haircut? Before you grab the scissors and the nearest bowl, read this. We went straight to the pros and spoke with stylist Julien Farel—who has counted Kate Moss, Ines de La Fressange and Salma Hayek as clients—for his insider tips on an at-home salon session.
What You'll Need:
There are four essential materials—see below. If you have a spray bottle, comb and clips, make sure to get a pair of hairdressing scissors. Household scissors are not good for cutting hair.
3. Spray bottle for water
4. Plastic hair clip
The Steps (For Chin- to Long-Length Hair)
Using a long comb, part hair evenly in middle.
Clip up one side of your hair completely, so it is out of your way.
Twist the hair on your right side and trim ends half an inch.
Check in the mirror to see if your hair is on an angle, and follow the line—or for a straight bob or a cut that's all one length, cut straight across. It won’t be perfect, but do the best you can! It is also helpful to have someone else do this with you.
Then, clip the right side up, and cut the left the same way you did the right.
Now, onto the bangs. Make a triangle in front and twist your bangs. Snip a small bit, because bangs will be shorter when they dry.
Comb the hair hanging down and trim any longer pieces at the ends.
Pull hair to the back and snip again to remove any longer wisps.
Pull the hair up all together over your head and snip off any wisps
Use round professional brushes—100% natural boar bristles are best—to smooth better and not break your hair. There are different sizes so you can choose a smaller brush for shorter hair and larger one for long hair.