Marc Jacobs Joins the Cut Your Own Hair Team

Last year, Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss proudly told me—and her readers—that she’d cut her own hair. The crop looked professionally snipped to the naked eye, but it wasn’t enough to convince me to take shears to my own locks. Less than a year later, the Internet’s other coolest kid, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, also admitted to cutting her own hair later writing, “There’s just something inordinately powerful-feeling about the raw, do it yourself nature of cutting your own hair.”

And last week, backstage at Marc Jacobs S/S 14 show in New York, legendary hairstylist Guido Palau said that Jacobs’ “references were all kids who cut their own hair.” It was the ineffability of that girl that led Guido to top each model with her own wig. “Marc really likes uniformity,” he says. “And it doesn’t really matter how you dress the hair,” he said, referring to all the different ways he could possibly style it. “It still doesn’t look like a cool girl who cut her own hair.” So it seems like a good time to confess that I, too, have taken to snipping off the ends of my hair—a not-so-challenging feat with my length and texture. Though most stylists would balk at the suggestion, I asked two pros for tips to reign me in before I get completely carried away.

Mara Roszak, the hair genius behind Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Lily Collins, says, “If you’re someone who likes a sort of uneven, imperfect look, you can’t go that wrong with cutting your own hair.” She says to start with dry hair—“there’s less room for error”—and if you’re aiming for a blunt cut, use super sharp scissors. (This probably goes without saying, but do not try to give yourself layers at home.) If you don’t want blunt, but do want to add texture to your ends, Roszak suggests thinning shears: “They don’t cut in a straight line, unless you keep chopping at the same chunk of hair,” she says. “What they really do is take the bulk out; you cannot mess up.”

Hair stylist Gregory Russell (who works with Chloe Moretz, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks) agrees. “If you have curlier hair, you can use thinning shears to thin out the ends a bit, but don’t start hacking at your hair unless you have the kind of beautiful texture that will look cool and grungy.” He says the ideal hair type for trimming your own length is “straight to wavy, medium to long,” because it’s easier to just part down the middle, pull forward, and snip in a straight line.

One more tip from me to you: take it slow. You can always chop more, but even the best hairstylist can’t re-attach your ends.