Cutting your own hair into layers (youtube video)

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So I jsut watched this video and a few of her others
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QFlLxYjfHs

(btw, is she from here or something? talk about beautiful hair...)

Even though I know most people say the only real curly cut is cut dry, has anyone tried cutting this way and been happy with the results? I'd love to be able to cut my own hair, because I could do it whenever and my mom couldn't complain about spending money on it (I'm 13, so she's in charge)

Would cutting it like this while wet, and then styling it and once dry fixing any random curls that look off work? I have long hair but I want it to be longer before I try this, but for future reference, I'd like some feedback.

Also if you have done this can you post pictures? thanks
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Well although this method works, I wouldn't do it on my hair only because I prefer to use sheers (hair cutting scissors) on each individual clump of my dry hair to be sure that none of my ends get split. The way she cut it in the video with those odd looking scissors didn't look like it was too good for the ends. If you have strong hair that grows quickly then this would be a great way to cut it. But for my delicate hair that grows verry slowly I wouldn't cut my hair this way.
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She said they were meat cutting scissors, I have them but I agree I'd use normal ones instead.
I'm 15 now but I don't get on often so I may be 67 by the time you read this.
My name is Sarah.
I come on here when I want hair advice because if you type in "curly hair" anywhere, all you get is advice on how to curl it. I used to get on here a lot when I was like, 12 or 13 (and first figuring out how to stop straightening my hair without being bullied), so if you happen to see some older posts of mine, shh. No judging.
I cut my hair in a pretty similar way as she does. I wanna go cut my bangs now though! It's actually really easy. I was really scared the first time but I found that curly layers are very forgiving.
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This looks interesting I would never attempt to cut my own hair, it would be too boxy if i trimmed it straight across. If your hair grows fast as was mentioned this could possibly work, lots of gals cut their own hair around here. Right Jess


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I have been using something very similar to this method to cut my hair for about 3 years now. I have 3b/c hair that shrinks A LOT. Since most stylists are extremely scissor happy I simply do not trust them when it comes to cutting my hair because cutting 2 inches off my hair means it will look about 5 inches shorter. The only difference between this method and what I use is the scrunchies and the scisoors. I don't use any scrunchies. I basically bend upside down and comb my hair straight down. Once I gave it all gethered i cut off about 1/2 inch at the end. Since my hair is so curly, any like piece that is longer than the rest goes pretty unnoticed. Actually, the entire thing goes unnoticed, I don't think anyone has ever noticed when I've cut it. That shows me I'm doing a great job because that is exactly what I aim for when I cut my hair.

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Del that contraption looks crazy! It even has a level?!

OK OP I used her technique to trim my length about 1/2 an inch and my front hair shorter...about 5 inches at the shortest layer now. It was super easy and came out looking good. I'm waiting to be completely dry to SOTC and take a pic. I'll share it if you're interested. I'm thinking I could go shorter in the front so it's more dramatic. The crown of my hair is thin/fine so it's hard to ever get a front that I'm happy with, even with a stylist.
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Del that contraption looks crazy! It even has a level?!

OK OP I used her technique to trim my length about 1/2 an inch and my front hair shorter...about 5 inches at the shortest layer now. It was super easy and came out looking good. I'm waiting to be completely dry to SOTC and take a pic. I'll share it if you're interested. I'm thinking I could go shorter in the front so it's more dramatic. The crown of my hair is thin/fine so it's hard to ever get a front that I'm happy with, even with a stylist.
Originally Posted by Jess the Mess
I know what you're saying it seems nuts but it's basically the same thing as putting into a pony and then cutting. This actually looks more accurate, if my hair wasn't so thick and coarse I would give it a try!

Definitely post those pics! I'm sure the OP wouldn't mind..
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OK. The pics aren't great due to lighting and it's just a phone camera but you can get the idea. Hopefully I can get some better pics tomorrow so you can see the layers. Keep in mind that the hair in the front is very thin and fine so it looks like that pretty much no matter what. Hence the reason I'm thinking maybe more dramatic/shorter layering in the front. Maybe I'll start a new thread about it







Ugh...I hate when my pics wont resize the right way...
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Wow your hair is long Jess! while it's beautiful now, I would think you could take a good 6 inches off and still have long hair (edited to add) in the front I mean. Some face framing curls. Even if you did the shortest layer there at chin length it would still be long layers in front.

To the OP I cut my own hair and have for hmm 15 years or so? I don't pony tail mine but I have shorter hair so I just pull it all to the top even and cut with the hair scissors. I pulll all the hair to that cut and make sure it's all the same length. I do the face framing curls separate. After I get it even then I cut individual curls as needed once I style my hair a few times.

I want that contraption with the leveler. Talk about making live easier!
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I'm a stylist. While it's possible (obviously as we have so many members here that do it) to do this and it turn out, you have to REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING...and please don't use meat scissors on your hair!!

I just want to add a word of caution as I've seen WAY too many people come into the salon who've tried this and had to get a lot of length taken off due to messing it up. I've fixed my own share of them. I've NEVER cut my own hair, even before going to hairschool.

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Wow Jess your hair is long! that's about the lenghth and shape I want my hair to be (even though mine is curlier)

Thanks for posting the pics!


If this works for me I'd be pretty glad to not have a stylist screw up my hair for a few weeks everytime my mom has to pay 5o dollarst for them to do absolutely nothing....
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I'm 15 now but I don't get on often so I may be 67 by the time you read this.
My name is Sarah.
I come on here when I want hair advice because if you type in "curly hair" anywhere, all you get is advice on how to curl it. I used to get on here a lot when I was like, 12 or 13 (and first figuring out how to stop straightening my hair without being bullied), so if you happen to see some older posts of mine, shh. No judging.
I'm a stylist. While it's possible (obviously as we have so many members here that do it) to do this and it turn out, you have to REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING...and please don't use meat scissors on your hair!!

I just want to add a word of caution as I've seen WAY too many people come into the salon who've tried this and had to get a lot of length taken off due to messing it up. I've fixed my own share of them. I've NEVER cut my own hair, even before going to hairschool.
Originally Posted by rymorg2
It looks really pretty Jess! It's so long!!

Hey Ry what did you think of that link I posted? (post#5) Did you check it out? Curious what your view on that little gadget is if that would help people who do cut their own hair.
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I'm a stylist. While it's possible (obviously as we have so many members here that do it) to do this and it turn out, you have to REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING...and please don't use meat scissors on your hair!!

I just want to add a word of caution as I've seen WAY too many people come into the salon who've tried this and had to get a lot of length taken off due to messing it up. I've fixed my own share of them. I've NEVER cut my own hair, even before going to hairschool.
Originally Posted by rymorg2
It looks really pretty Jess! It's so long!!

Hey Ry what did you think of that link I posted? (post#5) Did you check it out? Curious what your view on that little gadget is if that would help people who do cut their own hair.
Originally Posted by DEL2C

I'm curious too! Although I'm growing mine out and don't know if I have hair long enough for that thing yet, I'd love to give it a try! I'd rather cut mine myself, but my hair is in tons of short and medium layers at the moment and I can't really seem to trim that very easily by myself. This thing makes it look easy.
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I cut my own hair using a method very similar to this.

I've been cutting my own hair for about 35 years. I cut it this way when I want soft all-over layers. And I cut it dry, curl by curl, when I want more chunky layers. Both methods work well in their own way.
I don't use meat scissors (which I thought was hilarious), but I do use cheap Dollar store scissors and have never had a problem.
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I think I'd trust it about as much as I'd trust a flowbie.....remember those??? I just am paranoid about my hair. I'm very careful about who cuts it, and I watch them the entire time. I'm a TERRIBLE client and I know it but I don't care LOL. I just have this feeling that it could move and then SNIP....a hunk would be gone.

I'm a stylist. While it's possible (obviously as we have so many members here that do it) to do this and it turn out, you have to REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING...and please don't use meat scissors on your hair!!

I just want to add a word of caution as I've seen WAY too many people come into the salon who've tried this and had to get a lot of length taken off due to messing it up. I've fixed my own share of them. I've NEVER cut my own hair, even before going to hairschool.
Originally Posted by rymorg2
It looks really pretty Jess! It's so long!!

Hey Ry what did you think of that link I posted? (post#5) Did you check it out? Curious what your view on that little gadget is if that would help people who do cut their own hair.
Originally Posted by DEL2C

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Ry, your new pics look great! Very pretty!

Good timing for me on this post. I was actually in the bathroom chopping away! Then I decided to come here.

My hair was short, straight-styled and I started growing it out and going CG July 1. Other than the hair at my neck, my stylist hasn't cut it since (at my insistance because I don't think she gets curly hair and the look I am after, even though I have showed her pics in the past of what I want). Now I just let her cover my gray and I'm outa there.

But am starting to get triangle head so was cutting some length off the sides. I DO have professional shears given to me by a friend in the profession (and I even use them on my dog to even up the feathers).

SO...I was cutting dry and fluffing out my side to see where my hair was heavy and long, dividing the heavy underneath and snip, snip. And taking the thin, long curls at the side and snipping to bring them up.

Stylists, do I need to stop and go see another stylist or will this work? So far I've been happy with my snips. But I've just started.
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Thx Logy!!!

A curl at a time like that is good, it's similar to Deva where she splits a curl, etc....Just take your time and be VERY CAREFUL.

Ry, your new pics look great! Very pretty!

Good timing for me on this post. I was actually in the bathroom chopping away! Then I decided to come here.

My hair was short, straight-styled and I started growing it out and going CG July 1. Other than the hair at my neck, my stylist hasn't cut it since (at my insistance because I don't think she gets curly hair and the look I am after, even though I have showed her pics in the past of what I want). Now I just let her cover my gray and I'm outa there.

But am starting to get triangle head so was cutting some length off the sides. I DO have professional shears given to me by a friend in the profession (and I even use them on my dog to even up the feathers).

SO...I was cutting dry and fluffing out my side to see where my hair was heavy and long, dividing the heavy underneath and snip, snip. And taking the thin, long curls at the side and snipping to bring them up.

Stylists, do I need to stop and go see another stylist or will this work? So far I've been happy with my snips. But I've just started.
Originally Posted by Logy

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Ummmm. Ry. I did more cutting tonight. Tonight I am happy with what I did. I got rid of pyramid hair, have more height and soft asymmetrical curls around my cheeks and eyes. But left most of the length.
I actually have a heavier hair product right now and my curls seem to be handling it.

The test will be tomorrow. Will the curls behave? Will post pics when I have a chance.
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