How do I cut my own hair?

OK ladies, I know a lot of you cut your own hair. I would love to know how you do this.

I had a salon cut last May which was a total disaster, and I shudder at the thought of getting a cut now. However, it is definitely time, I honestly need a cut and can't put it off much longer.

Lots of you lovely wavies have great DIY haircuts, and I'd love to know how you do this without looking like a scarecrow. Share your secrets!
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My biggest tip for the self hair cut is to start slow. You don't have to do the whole cut in one session. You don't want your trim to end up being several inches. When I started, I'd do my cut over several days. If your hair clumps the same way each time, you can do the dry cut. This should be relatively easier then traditional layering.
How long is your hair? Thick or thin? If you have thin, short hair I can explain what I do.
I have to say I've had better results then I would have expected and it is not as hard as I would have thought. I've had much worse cuts by professionals.
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My biggest tip for the self hair cut is to start slow. You don't have to do the whole cut in one session. You don't want your trim to end up being several inches. When I started, I'd do my cut over several days. If your hair clumps the same way each time, you can do the dry cut. This should be relatively easier then traditional layering.
How long is your hair? Thick or thin? If you have thin, short hair I can explain what I do.
I have to say I've had better results then I would have expected and it is not as hard as I would have thought. I've had much worse cuts by professionals.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
Really wise advice. What did you hate about the salon cut? Avoid doing that! Look at your hair and get a mental image of what you would like -- hair taken off from where? What shape? What to get rid of or preserve?

But only do a fraction of that at a time. Then you can see if it's working for you and if not, what should you do differently.
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I have pretty thick medium hair, a little over shoulder length. It sort of curls the same way, but it depends on the type of hairday I have.

My salon cut was the worst, she just pulled it down (so that it seemed straight) and cut. She told me she would do layers, but I don't think she did, not really. The back is a bit longer, but not by much, but there is no difference in length of the top layer or bottom layers. It was supposed to be shoulder length, but only now, 7+ months later, has it gotten to that length.

Do you think I need a good basis to start from, or could I just start with what I have now?

I have good scissors, but they're sowing scissors, do I need special ones?

Do you clip your hair, to section it? And how do you do the back?
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If your hair is thick, you don't need to worry about not cutting your bottom layer too thin like I do. You probably want to thin it somehow. Sorry, I have no ideas on thinning hair. You could check youtube for videos on how to cut layers in medium length hair.

I didn't start from a good basis on my hair. I started from the unrequested Kate Gossland. Lets face it, if you could get a good base, why would you cut your own hair?

I bought a hair cutting scissors from walmart. I thought my hair should have its own scissors. Sally sells scissors. That is probably a good place to get some.

I didn't clip my hair in sections. But, I have much less hair then you do.
To cut the back I combed one small section away from my head. I ran my fingers along the section at the angle I wanted to cut until I got the the place I wanted to cut. Then I slid my fingers a bit further. You can always cut shorter. Next I brought the section near my face so I could reach it. Then I cut. I kept doing that until my whole back was done.

When I cut the first thing I do is cut along the bottom too get the shape. I'd do this with my hair wavy and dry so you don't cut too much. The I cut face framing clumps in the front. This way you have an idea of how long you will want to cut the rest of your layers. Then cut the rest of your layers however you decide to go about that. Finally, if you plan to wear your hair straight also, blow it straight and clean up the bottom so it looks even when you wear it straight also.
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Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Nikske, I think if you have longer thicker hair you could get the "base" for your layered haircut by doing the cut where you turn your head upside down and gather the hair into a loose ponytail then cut that straight across, leaving it as long as you can at first so that the layers at your crown are not too short.

This would establish the layering and you could tweak it from there.

There are youtube videos on this self-haircut I believe.

Good sewing scissors are sharp and precise enough for a good haircut.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Pedadeh, thanks so much for your description! This helped clear up a lot of questions. I'm definitely getting some scissors tomorrow.

Robin, good idea. Should I gather my hair on top, like for a pineapple? I'll definitely check out those videos you mentioned.

Well, I'm going to take the plunge and cut my own hair this weekend. I'll definitely let you all know how it worked out. I'll tell you, I'm already nervous.

And if it really goes wrong, I can still go to a salon.
Wurly 2b/2c/3a Miii - high porosity




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Yes, in a super-loose ponytail like a scrunchy but not wrapped twice, just put around the hair (your hair is thick and "sticky" enough for this, yes?) and pretty far up toward the front of your head, you want the shortest layers to end up there, not at the crown but at the top.

Don't be too agressive, but don't worry either, it's just hair and it grows. Curly hair is pretty forgiving about haircuts, it doesn't have to be precise.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
for your layered haircut by doing the cut where you turn your head upside down and gather the hair into a loose ponytail then cut that straight across, leaving it as long as you can at first so that the layers at your crown are not too short.

This would establish the layering and you could tweak it from there.

There are youtube videos on this self-haircut I believe.
I've never heard of this method before, I'm now interested in looking up videos myself now. Thanks for sharing this!

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leave in- KCKT
Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
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Robin, do you do this on wet or dry hair?
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Robin, do you do this on wet or dry hair?
Originally Posted by nikske
I think it will have to be dry if you are to use the scrunchy to hold the hair. If you are more comfortable with wet haircut, try just turning upside down and combing it all up (well down toward the ground since you are upside down but up away from your head) then grabbing the ends (not all of the hair may reach, that's OK) and then cutting the hair past your fingers.

Basically what you are trying to do is approximate the long layered cut that stylists do by lifting the hair at the crown straight up, and the back hair at a slight angle.

So you can adjust the angle to make it steeper by pulling the hair more FORWARD while you are upside down, or leave it rounder by pulling it straighter or a little back toward the crown.

But if you are leaving it pretty long, the straight upward should work fine.

There is a thread on this self-haircut on NC too, I'll look for it.
Well, I could not wait till the weekend. I just cut it! Will definitely post pictures after I have styled my hair tomorrow. (right now it's a big poofy mess, since I had to brush it to put it up)

I do think it is pretty good. Lots of layers, I was really surprised at that. I snipped off about 2 inches. Might not seem like much, but my hair feels so much lighter, and even in this poofy state, a lot bouncier.

Pictures will follow.
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Hey this is a bit late but I cut my curls one by one, inspired by Deva. I don't do a lot and mainly the really curly ones I have in front. I just pick up the dry curl and see if there is excess hair, resulting in a poorly defined end. Hope that makes sense, good luck!
A bit late, but as promised, here are the pics of my hair after my DIY haircut.

I think I did a fairly decent job, have had nothing but compliments on it, when people noticed it, that is...







Your opinions?
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Last edited by nikske; 01-15-2011 at 07:09 AM.
Wow. Looks like you did a great job.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Thanks Pedaheh, yeah I'm pretty stoked.

I actually think that the layers have helped even out my curl pattern a bit, although it's still not behaving as I like in the back.
Wurly 2b/2c/3a Miii - high porosity




Cuius testiculos habes, habeas cardia et cerebellum.

Sodomy non sapiens.

- Terry Pratchett
It looks good, and it looks like it did just what you wanted! Definitely successful.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Does this kind of cut work on us fine haired wavies too?
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cowash: vo5 tea therapy
r/o: biotera volumizing condish, gvp cb
l/i: biotera leave-in
styling: biotera styling gel, curl cream, btz thick enuff cream/mousse
winter styling: btz thick enuff mousse, got2b curling mousse, kenra texturizing putty
This thread has some really good info/links:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ml#post1426375

I wish I had known about this before I chopped off my long locks!

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