I just cut my own hair tonight, and I think I actually didn't do too bad!
It's really something I'd always thought about doing - after all, the hairstyles I tend to like are the modern looking ones that just about look like you could have cut your hair yourself, lol - but I'd never had the courage. I always figured it was safer to pay a stylist to do it, or at least go to a cosmotology school and have a student do it, because at least the student would be able to see the back of my head ^_^;;
But because I hadn't wanted to spend the money on it, I hadn't done anything but dye it myself in months, and it had become long, damaged and full of spit ends. I figured I had nothing to lose at this point, so I decided to just go ahead try cutting it myself. After all, if I screwed up, I could always have it fixed by a professional, as long as I didn't go crazy and cut too much off (and even if I did, hair does grow back!)
I watched a lot of videos and read tutorials online before starting, although in the end I just kind of ended up doing my own thing, for better or worse. I did take one piece of advice to heart, and went to Ulta to get a pair of actual hair cutting shears instead of going at it with my embroidery scissors. With a great stroke of luck, I managed to pick up a $30 set of shears that had been marked down to $6.99 - I figured it had to be a sign that I wasn't making a huge mistake! I also picked up some hair dye (I decided to try Clairol Natural Instincts "Egyptian Plum").
What I ended up doing was washing it, and while it was wet, I sectioned it off with little rubber bands. Then I measured off and cut six inches of hair from each of the little "pony tails" I had made, twisting each one as I cut it. Then I blow dried it, and went back and trimmed it up a little more.
Here's my "before" photo:
And here's after I cut it, initially:
And after I died it, and then went at it a little more with the scissors (it was a little too even for me, so I tried to give it some texture):
Probably obvious, but I took these photos of myself with my phone ^_^;;
Anyway, I think I did pretty good. It's not horrible anyway, and it was a lot cheaper even than going to the cosmetology school (just the $6.99 for the shears!). I think I've actually had worse haircuts from professionals, really.
Now that I have had the experience of cutting my own hair, I'll probably do it again. Maybe next time I'll get even more daring and try to do something a little more complicated with it!