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For those who cut their own hair.....

I'm just wondering how you guys do it? I did this a few times, although
I have only seriously whacked my hair once, and it wasn't the greatest but not the worst.
I read somewhere once to flip your hair over and trim straight across the ends, or in a v-shape. I think I have tried both but it's been a while.
I would love to be able to save money and get a haircut when I need it and still have nice looking hair. My Mom taught me how to cut boys/mens hair when I was a teen-that way someday when I got married I could cut my hubby's hair. Well, I do! And my twin boys' hair too!

TIA
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3B w/3A underneath

Medium texture
Average porosity

Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

Current products-
Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz

Comments

  • bbbeccabbbecca Banned Posts: 232Banned Users
    I trim my ends. If they look nasty I cut them off, straight across. When I'm getting more than 2 inches off I get it done professionally.
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    I cut long layers when my hair is straight. I gather it loosely with a hair binder to keep it in check near the top of my head, then grab the length with my hands and trim it bluntly.
    3b-3c CG
  • juvjoyjuvjoy Posts: 670Registered Users
    I've been cutting my own for about a year now. It is layered. I brush all the curls out. I cut front to back on top, verticle on the sides & back (yes, the back is difficult) & i usually leave the length alone since I"m trying to grow it out again.
  • chewychewy Posts: 17Registered Users
    Do it just a teensy tiny bit at a time. Miniscule. A little here, a few days later, a little there. A little meaning ever so teensy. Start using thinning shears every now and then, too. I've had great results with them over the years. I mean awesome.
  • JessyCatJessyCat Posts: 91Registered Users
    I trim it here and there as needed. I do like chewy, and I also recommend using good, sharp scissors. :]
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    When I did it most recently, it was a multi-step process. I trimmed straight across (tiny slant) the bottom when wet. And I trimmed the layers straight across (slightly deeper slant) at the same time. Then when it dried (curly) I started chopping random curls to shape. When I found a thick curl, I divided it in two and cut them at didfferent places where it looked like a new C was starting. I did the random curl chopping over a three day period.

    It worked out well.

  • chewychewy Posts: 17Registered Users
    I definitely echo the sharp scissors. I forget to mention that you should buy really nice hair shears that fit your hand, keep them sharp and oiled; use them for nothing but your hair.

    Just to reiterate, the less you cut each time, the better off you'll be. There's no rush to get it right all at one time. Take a week or two. Then you'll realize that you don't need a "haircut" but rather a few folicles this day and maybe some weight taken out the next week and then some straglers chopped the next week.

    You'll soon get to know your hair's "cutting incongruities" just like you've become familiar with your hair's "styling incongruities." I.e., the day to day personality changes your hair takes you thought based on apparently minimally different things you do to your hair.

    MOST IMPORTANT: cut only a tiny bit. RESIST THE URGE.
  • oywidapoodlesoywidapoodles Posts: 22Registered Users
    Can't say agree with the cutting straight across. That's always turned out horribly for me, and from what I've heard (elsewhere), others. Cut each curl separatly. If you cut sections with more than one curl formation together, they'll frizz more easily and wanna, you know, mesh together cause they're the same length.

    I just asked on here a couple days ago exactly what it says in the CG book, cause I hadn't cut my hair in a couple months and wanted to make sure I got it right again. Here's what they said.
    Lorraine says to look at the natural curl as an "S" shape - two C's reversed and sitting on top of each other. Cut individual curls at the beginning of each "C" - then divide thick curls into two and cut one half slightly shorter than the other to lighten the load. Aim for seamless layers that begin no higher than the level of your chin.

    Hope this helps.

    I trimmed my curls Tuesday night, I think (took as long as the movie Ghost World lasts, lol). And finished the layers last night. Looks goregeous!

    Oh, and I don't reccomend waiting too long before your next cut. I waited at least three months, and it got way frizzy.

    Good luck! :wink:
  • 23 Skiddoo23 Skiddoo Posts: 337Registered Users
    As spiderlashes pointed out, it's a process that could take days. I cut my own hair all the time back when I was growing out my layers, and I would start by trimming the longest layer while it was wet and then nip off tiny pieces here and there when dry. Over a few days, a cut would evolve.

    Also, I loved Ghost World. :P
  • marinacurlzmarinacurlz Posts: 1,720Registered Users
    I'm not sure how one does this. Maybe I should just leave it to the stylists. Though I sure would like to know how to do it.
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    password: curly

    3B w/3A underneath

    Medium texture
    Average porosity

    Crazy-picky hair; likes some oils and proteins, but not others, can tolerate some glycerin.

    Current products-
    Co-wash: Suave/Vo5/TJ Refresh
    Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
    Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I've been cutting my own hair for about 30 years.
    I use a cheap little pair of scissors.
    I cut it when it's dry and curly. I just cut the ends off of each clump/curl.
    I like my hair layered so I cut it at various lengths. Nothing is ever really even. Doesn't make much difference because I never wear my hair straight.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • FuzzyMonsterFuzzyMonster Posts: 259Registered Users
    jeepcurlygirl, I LOVE your silver hair. You are gorgeous!
    Mostly 2A; Fine and wavy :batman:
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Thank you , fuzzym!!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html