Can I cut it myself?

I'm thinking about cutting my hair myself...not a lot, just a few inches. Has anyone done this? Should I give it a shot?

Thank you!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

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  • flutricityflutricity Posts: 29Registered Users
    I wouldn't. I was once tempted to try and layer my hair myself, thank goodness I only tried in the front. What happens is you cut a piece, but they're not even so you cut a little more on one side, oops still not even, cut a little more, cut a little more etc. and soon your hair is wayy shorter than you want it to be. I can't even imagine what it would look like if I'd attempted the back, I don't know how you could measure that yourself.
    So basically, no. I wouldn't.
    CG 8/21/09
    3b/c, mostly fine, low porosity?
    CO/RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    gel: FSG

    I love my hair even if other people don't.
  • peyrouxpeyroux Posts: 174Registered Users
    You probably can, but there's no guarantees it will look good or right. So, I'm not sure why you'd want to. I tried to and that's how I ended up with chin length hair. (And my excuse was I was drunk, so it seemed like a good idea until I took the scissors to my hair.)
    2b, high porosity, medium texture
    CG since 11/20/09

    Current routine:

    low poo: GTTTT
    rinse out: Suave Naturals Aloe and Waterlily
    leave-in: GVP Conditioning Balm or Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
    stylers: Proclaim Curl Activator Gel, Proclaim Crystal Ice Protein Gel or Ecostyler Krystal Gel
  • wavy wonderwavy wonder Posts: 3,061Registered Users
    A lot of people on the board have. I WOULD NEVER.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    If your hair is all one length, then it's easy. I cut my own hair a few times a year. It's BSL, all the same length.

    Does it look as good as the Devacuts I used to get? No. But it does look as good as the $20-30 cuts I would get when I was skint. I am skint now and I would rather save the money and do it myself.

    Curly hair is especially easy to cut yourself because it doesn't have to be perfect to look really good. Straight hair will show small errors much more readily.

    I think it goes without saying that if you are "altered" when cutting your own hair, it might not turn out too well! :laughing6: And even if you are stone cold sober, you still need to have a plan. You can't just grab a pair of scissors and start cutting.

    I use this tutorial from a member over at the long hair community. You would also need to buy a decent pair of hair cutting shears. I got some at Walgreen's, but they're not as well made and will only work for a few haircuts before they get too dull and damage the hair. Some day I plan to invest in professional quality ones.

    Finally, if your hair is layered or otherwise complicated, leave it to the pros.
  • Finch00Finch00 Posts: 190Registered Users
    I cut my own hair after the hair dresser gave me a crappy layer cut. I put it in a pony tail and cut it. Looks pretty good, a lot of people complimented me on it. One side is a little uneven but I don't think anyone notices since it is curly. Do it, it's fun!!!
  • OperaCurlsOperaCurls Posts: 1,101Registered Users
    I whole-heartedly encourage curlies to cut their own hair as long as they have a) a good pair of sharp scissors, b) a steady hand, and c) an open mind to the possibility that it won't turn out and a stylist has to fix it.

    Looking up tutorials is also a good idea before going at it. Have fun!
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    Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

    Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
  • kinkyredkinkyred Posts: 5Registered Users
    I say "go for it"!
  • laynesavedthedaylaynesavedtheday Posts: 239Registered Users
    I do. I it fairly simple, and really easy if you have curly hair since you just snip each curl. It doesn't even have to be even or have similar layers as the curls will hide that. Just be very careful and don't cut in the middle of an S or a C on a curl (like Lorraine Massey states in her book).
  • StellarCurlsStellarCurls Posts: 159Registered Users
    My mantra for curly hair cuts is that curly hair can hide a bad cut, but you will end up looking like you have bad hair (instead of with straight hair where it shows up as a genuine bad hair cut). I trimmed my ends once when a cheap stylist gave me an awful cut. My trim job wasn't much better than the original--my ends were so uneven that the stylist I went to six months later commented on it . . .
    APL 3A
    Medium porosity, medium density, medium thickness
    Current routine: Daily co-washing with Giovanni conditioner (whatever is on sale), styling with Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier, and 1-2x per week cleansing with a Chagrin Valley shampoo bar followed by an ACV rinse
  • breezybabybreezybaby Posts: 347Registered Users
    I trim my own hair throughout the year and get it evened professionally once a year (when I get it straightened).

    It works for me and I think it looks fine :)
    3a/3b/3c hair all on one head :thumright:

    Staples (used in many ways):
    Coconut milk
    Castor oil
    Coconut oil
    Shea butter