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I'm ready to cut my own hair!

Has anyone else done this? I've gotten SO many bad/mediocre cuts over the years, mostly from stylists supposedly skilled at cutting curly hair. The result is always the same-I have to go home and fix their mistakes. (and wet and restyle my hair, since they somehow haven't learned over the years that you can't put styling product in curly hair that is already half-way dry and then rake your fingers through it while blow-drying!)

I am going to buy a pair of scissors from a beauty supply store and take it S L O W L Y and cut very little the first time. Any other tips? Thanks!
3b, happily curly.


  • kimmyckimmyc Posts: 551Registered Users
    I've done it before. I just cut one curl at a time, going from side to side and then I did the back. If you could have someone help with the back, or at least guide you, that would be good too. Good luck! If you take it slow, I'm sure you'll be fine.
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • GrecianCurlsGrecianCurls Posts: 256Registered Users

    I've given myself quite a few trims and i'm much happier with my own results than i have been going to salons!

    I've tried a number of methods, cutting one curl at a time worked fine, you can also add layers by damping/wetting hair and combing it as straight as possible, then tie it up in a scrunchy right at the top of your head and then pull the scrunchie till its almost all the way out and snip the end off (you might want to do all this with your head upside-down).

    If your hair is longer you might also want to try Feyes instructions, you can get a v or u shape using her directions, v shape looks great on long curly hair

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    fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

    HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    I cut my own hair. At least I don't feel ripped off when I'm done. They've been cutting it in this same style of layers anyway for all of my life.
    I don't pony tail it but I do pull the hair to the top and trim the ends.
    Low porosity, medium texture.
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    If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
  • curlsincoloradocurlsincolorado Posts: 4Registered Users
    Many thanks for your advice and encouragement! Now I'm even more excited to do this myself.
    3b, happily curly.
  • lazykerrilazykerri Posts: 650Registered Users
    I've cut my own hair, within the last month or two I tried the Curly Girl method of cutting each individual curl and it worked pretty well. You can see how it looks in my www link in the Curly Hair 2006 album.

    The tip I would share is to cut very little at first, then you can cut more later if you feel it needs it (that way you're less likely to cut too much or too short). I am gradually cutting the front to resemble a sideswept bang--I'd hate to have it too short, especially when it springs up, so I'm just cutting a bit at a time. HTH :)
    ~ Always naturally lazy and curly! ~

    Photo album password: curly
    Blog: lazykerri.wordpress.com
    Curl Type: 3a Fii
    Current Favorites:
    • Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner
    • Jessicurl Confident Coils
    • Rockin Ringlets, and
    • Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel
  • girlcat36girlcat36 Posts: 40Registered Users
    I have just decided to make my daughter my hair stylist. She does not know how to cut hair but she did a better job than anyone else whom I paid to cut my hair over the last 15 yrs. I just cringe when I go for a trim and the hair dresser starts pulling the comb through my hair starting at the top. Why don't they know that they aren't supposed to do this? It baffles me. Anyway my daughter just cut tiny pieces off each curl in the back and then I let her angle it a bit in the front. It was FREE!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3a/b, very fine, very thin. Regrowing after chemo and radiation hairloss.
    Cone-free, sulfate-free.
  • juvjoyjuvjoy Posts: 670Registered Users
    I cut my own hair now also! I can't say I take it slowly & do one curl at a time the way Massey recommends though. He he. I just take sections vertically & hack away :) I DO cut it dry however & have been loving it.

    I need a trim BAD! GL w/ yours & show us how it turns out :)
  • curlsincoloradocurlsincolorado Posts: 4Registered Users
    I cut my hair last night and am far happier with the results than I've ever been with a salon cut, all for the price of $14.99 (what I paid for a pair of hair cutting scissors at Sally Beauty Supply). I didn't cut a lot since this was my first time, but the look I got was something no stylist has ever been able to achieve-soft, blended layers around my face and a nice fullness in the back at the bottom. Considering how little I cut (anywhere from 1/4" in the back to 1-1/2" in the front), I'm amazed at the new life my curls have-they're much more springy and have more movement. I'm going to live with it a few days and then maybe take off a bit more in the back.

    I'll get my husband to help me with the technological side of things and try to get a picture posted-I'm pretty inept when it comes to that sort of thing.

    Many thanks again for all your advice.
    3b, happily curly.

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