Haircutting For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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On average, hair grows about 1/2 inch per month. By doing your own light haircutting touch-ups, you can keep your style between salon visits and save yourself time and money.

  • If you receive a haircut every six weeks, touch up your haircut at the three-week point. If you receive a haircut every eight weeks, four weeks is the ideal time to freshen your haircut.

  • Pick a good moment when you have plenty of time to concentrate on the task at hand. If you don’t take your time, you may end up running to the salon for an emergency fix-up.

  • Only cut the parts you can easily reach. When stretching your haircutting appointments, concentrate on the very top, the bangs and the sides of your hair.

  • Never cut more than 1/4-inch, or you’ll skew your haircut by creating dips and separations between what you’ve trimmed and what you have left for your hairdresser to deal with.

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J. Elaine Spear, also known as Jeryl, has been the executive editor of Beauty Launchpad, editor-in-chief of Hot Beauty Magazine, and content editor for Cengage's Milady cosmetology and barbering textbooks. Spear has more than 1 million social media followers. She owned and operated a multimillion-dollar salon and day spa for 15 years.

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