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Learning to use a mirror to cut your own hair, is a unique skill worth mastering.
Being able to cut your own hair has so many benefits over having to go to a barbershop or hair salon.
Not only does it save you a lot of time and money over the course of a year, but you can cut your hair when it’s convenient for you.
You can also perform ‘touch-up’ cuts every so often, to keep your style sharp.
The best way to learn how to self-cut using a mirror is probably watching someone else do it and then giving it a go yourself.
There are lots of useful ‘how-to’ videos that will help you.
I’ve searched for the best ones on the net for you to check out. They are all featured below.
Self-Cut Mirror Types
Obviously, you need a mirror in front of you.
For a large percentage of the cut, a front-on mirror will work just fine.
For the sides and back, however, you’ll need an additional mirror to see where you’re cutting.
There are 2 ways to use a second mirror for your self-cut:
- Use a hand mirror.
- Use a large upright mirror.
- Use a 3-way mirror.
With a hand mirror, you will need to hold it in one hand and the scissors/clippers in the other hand.
The advantage of this is you can position the mirror at the exact angle you need for the best view.
You can also roam around a little more to achieve the desired cutting angles.
It takes a bit of getting used to this way, but it’s certainly a cheap option that works.
The video below shows you exactly how this is achieved:
Small or Full-Length Mirror
As the name suggests you can use a small or full-length mirror behind you, and a regular wall mirror in front of you.
This gives you the flexibility of having both hands free.
Depending on the space you’ve got to work with this may be a good option.
If you cut your hair in the bathroom you might be limited to where you place the mirror. You may also need a shelf or something similar at head-height.
However, if you have 2 mirrors, you have more choice as to where you cut your hair.
You can cut your hair outside or in an area that is well-lit.
Self-Cut System 3-Way Mirror
A 3-way mirror is another option that can work very well.
You get to see most of your head/hair without having to reposition the mirror or having to hold it.
Using this type of self-cut mirror with a hand-held mirror to cover the very back of the head might be the perfect solution.
You can also hang a 3-way mirror from the top of a door.
It’s height-adjustable too, so it gives you plenty of options for where you prefer to cut your hair and at what height to position the mirror.
The 3-Way Self-Cut System – Travel Version as seen here, folds away into a nice thin storage case, and it’s very lightweight.
Here’s a good video demonstrating the 3-Way Mirror Self Cut System:
As you can see, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.. or cut your own hair!
The 3-way mirror system is definitely the easiest method with so many viewing angles.
However, with a little practice and patience, you should be able to cut your hair with just a simple, hand-held mirror.
The secret is to get yourself the right tools for the job.