Do any of you cut your own hair?

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I've spent almost 15 years trying to find a good stylist, and I think I am ready to call it quits. One bad haircut after another...with last week's cut being the worst I've ever had. I look like I have a Portuguese man-o-war on my head! Ok, maybe not quite that bad, but I do have a definite puff ball on top with some longer straighter hair hanging down beneath that.

Soo, my question is, is it possible to cut my own hair? Where do I start? I think I have a mixture of curls - 3A at the crown, 2C underneath, and an underlayer of 2A.

Thanks!

-Sarah
If you want an actual cut and you have no clue what to do then I would be a bit worried. Of course you can learn to do anything but I doubt you want to practice with your own hair. That is why they use those dummies when people are learning to cut hair in beauty school...

There are videos online you could watch if you just want a basic cut. But cutting in layers or a certain style will be more tricky.

It can be hard to find a good hair dresser who knows exactly what you want and can follow through with it. I find many hair dressers get a bit too scissor happy and just start cutting like there is no tomorrow.

I personally donít do any drastic cutting to my hair, I purchased a pair of professional hair cutting shears and I trim the very ends myself. Every once in a while I will go through my hair for split ends and trim and seal those before they get any worse but that is as far as I will go with cutting my own hair

Good luck.
I have wavy hair - mostly 2b mixed with 2a/2c. I have cut my own hair a few times and liked it just fine (better than about 90% of the cuts I've gotten in the past ten years!) I don't do it often because I don't have professional scissors and was worried I was doing damage using less than good cutting tools. (I actually used an electric razor meant for hair - we cut hubby and son's hair with it.) Anyway, I followed a video on YouTube by YTer 'notaditdot'. The cut I did was a basic layer cut. (She used scissors not an electric razor!)

I had cut it a couple of times, found a stylist I trusted, she moved and I cut it myself again once. After that, I went to a new stylist, explained to her how I cut it, she did the same and it came out fine. Went to her again, she said she remembered so I did not give any instruction and, well, let's just say she clearly did not remember and I haven't gone back. I also haven't had a haircut since then because I can't figure out what to do.

I would love to find a stylist I can trust to be consistently good. That last one I went to was recommended by my stylist that had moved plus another stylist who had also moved. She was supposed to be the best at the salon. I considered a Deva stylist but they are hit and miss, too. I do have a recommendation from someone on the board here, and I may go to that stylist but its a 5 hour drive (no joke tho I do have family in the area there). I'm also thinking it might just be time to invest into a good pair of professional scissors and do it myself all the time.

Good luck.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
I have wavy hair - mostly 2b mixed with 2a/2c. I have cut my own hair a few times and liked it just fine (better than about 90% of the cuts I've gotten in the past ten years!) I don't do it often because I don't have professional scissors and was worried I was doing damage using less than good cutting tools. (I actually used an electric razor meant for hair - we cut hubby and son's hair with it.) Anyway, I followed a video on YouTube by YTer 'notaditdot'. The cut I did was a basic layer cut. (She used scissors not an electric razor!)

I had cut it a couple of times, found a stylist I trusted, she moved and I cut it myself again once. After that, I went to a new stylist, explained to her how I cut it, she did the same and it came out fine. Went to her again, she said she remembered so I did not give any instruction and, well, let's just say she clearly did not remember and I haven't gone back. I also haven't had a haircut since then because I can't figure out what to do.

I would love to find a stylist I can trust to be consistently good. That last one I went to was recommended by my stylist that had moved plus another stylist who had also moved. She was supposed to be the best at the salon. I considered a Deva stylist but they are hit and miss, too. I do have a recommendation from someone on the board here, and I may go to that stylist but its a 5 hour drive (no joke tho I do have family in the area there). I'm also thinking it might just be time to invest into a good pair of professional scissors and do it myself all the time.

Good luck.
Originally Posted by Ml001

professional scissors are a must have if you are going to cut your own hair. They give you a nice sharp cut and you are less likely to get spilt ends.
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I've been cutting my hair for 35+ years. I've only had 3 salon cuts in my whole adult life (all were disasters) and never plan on having another. I use cheap dollar store scissors.
I used to wet my hair, put it up in a ponytail on top of my head, bend over, and cut off the ends. This made very subtle layers and worked quite well. But after I read the Curly Girl book I learned to cut it dry, curl by curl. Takes longer but it gives nice layers and seems to give bouncier curls. I never wear my hair straight so even if it's not perfectly even, it's not really noticeable.
The 2nd Curly Girl book has a dvd that shows how to cut hair this way.
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I cut my own!

I actually wet cut the length - its just easier to manage that way. Then I style it and after its dry I will trim up the layers.

I do go back a couple days later and do some curl by curl cutting, after my hair has adjusted to the cut.

There are a ton of resources online. YouTube, blogs, websites... One I read a lot on was hairfinder. http://www.hairfinder.com/howto/cuttinghair.htm

HTH!!
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So, I bought some hair trimming scissors from target. Conair brand. I decided that they would be plenty sharp enough for a cut and if I decide after a use or two that they aren't anymore, then I will just buy another pair. I don't cut my hair often. I can't afford to shell out a couple hundred dollars - which is what I was looking at for true professional ones. It will take a long time to add up to that amount with these $10 scissors.

Anyway, I wanted a v-cut so I followed notaditdot (as always) and it turned out GREAT!!! Again, I have wavy hair - if it was a bit curlier, I may not cut my own...mainly because I would not have the patience to cut curl by curl!!
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
I bought the little Conair trimming scissors too but I use it to trim ends.
I cut my bangs once but it was so short I had to flat iron it for it to stay down.

I always flat iron my hair for a trim or do 2 strand twists .
I trim mine, I used to go to hairdressers every once in a while when I had length to spare, but lately I've just been trying to grow my hair out, and have been trimming it by myself. Sometimes I'm not thrilled with the results, like my most recent job on my bangs, but it's never the hack job that I sometimes get at the salon. I think I'll splurge on one really good cut a year, and do upkeep by myself. I'll admit though, I'm kind of afraid of hairdressers because I never know what I'm going to get. It might be awesome, but it might leave me in tears. When I do it myself, it's always ok at least, and with practice it's been getting better.
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I recently cut my own ends off just by flipping my hair over, and following the v shape that was already there. It worked! I took off at least an inch. It was actually probably a hit 'n miss approach, but with my corkscrew ends, no one will ever know, lol! I never ever straighten mine.
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I recently got my hair 'shaped' so now I think I'm going to just trim it myself whenever I need to. The curly girl handbook has a good section on how to trim your own hair. As for an actual hairstyling cut I know I'd mess that up pretty bad lol so I did invest in a devacut but you can always try YouTube tutorials
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My mom went to cosmotology school and did my bc. She Shaped me up well and that makes a huge difference for how hair looks growing out. Since then I have done my own trims. Looks good. I don't straighten so I dont care about being perfectly even. I would let my mom do a major cut but I don't trust salons. Bad memories of having my scalp fried way too many times and them acting like it was no big deal. I would rather risk screwing up my own hair than pay someone else to do it.
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Thanks for all the tips! I'm going to check out the new Curly Girl book and the links you all posted.
I've been cutting my own hair for nearly 15 years. I cut my daughter's hair as well.

At first I started cutting my hair because I figured I could create the same mess for free that every stylist made of my hair for loads of money. One stylist "ruined" my wedding "look"...in February 1998. I looked like Art Garfunkel's long-lost twin, only about 12 years old, and female. (I was 32). In addition to the overly short, completely unmanageable hair, this same stylist decided to "brighten" my color with a "highlighter". My hair was purple. I'd been going to the stylist for years, but after this last straw, I figured she hated my guts, and I started cutting my own hair, and I color my own hair to cover grays.

A few years after I got married I accidentally ran into my old hair stylist in Target or some place like that. Her naturally red hair had a sort of creepy "violet" tinge to it, and she was wearing it very short. I felt a little better, because that was proof she wasn't really trying to ruin my wedding.

Do invest in at least one "good" pair of scissors. In frustration I have resorted to sewing scissors and my husband's nose hair grooming scissors, and I don't recommend either. Sally's has some decent trimming shears that are cheap. Since you're only cutting your own hair, you won't have to worry about them wearing out quickly.
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Me! I trim my own hair. I'm not so good with the layers yet, but trimming is easy. I use a devacurl-ish method on my hair. Definitely good to have someone else check the back though.

Curly Care: Trimming Your Own Hair - YouTube

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I have had 2 horrible hair cuts this year alone so i swore off hairdressers now!

I will be trimming my own hair and have my boyfriend help me from now on. I play to watch the deva dvd and trim curl by curl. It cant come out worse than my last 2 cuts.they gave me uneven layers i did not want!


Good luck self trimmers!

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I cut my own hair and everyone in the family (I've gone to beauty school and worked in a few salons), and curly hair takes a little different approach (the curl by curl thing is best really). I wanted to put layers into my hair to give it some dimension, and the way I did that was I combed all of my hair to the front of my head, made a tight ponytail front and center (like, right above my forehead), then cut where I wanted to. That's the lazy way to get even layers self-cut
I've been thinking about this lately... I'm growing out my hair, but the longer layer is looking a good deal longer than the shorter ones that are growing in. I'm going to hold off until December (Don't want to make any rash decisions.), but the longer curls are drivin' me crazy! Growing out a layered bob is a real PITA.
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I trim my hair once a season when straightening. However, last week I shaped my curls for the first time, using a modified pony method. I then when on a search and destroy to even the layers up...my hair hates cuts, so im wearing protective styles until my hair settles in...but it looked great and feels even better!! I love that I had the control to forego cutting any length, cuz stylists NEVER listen. Last time I went to the salon, I said "don't thin", well...she put away the thinning shears, but continued to thin my hair razor style with scissors. I did not really understand what happened after feeling my new barely there hair, until I did some research after getting home. THIS is why I will now cut my own hair...
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I cut my own hair, I dont do curl by curl cut, But I follow these 2 videos

Self-trimming my hair (Feye's method, U-cut) - YouTube

How to cut your own hair - YouTube

The 1st video is to do a u cut and the 2nd one to add layers.

recently,I did a modified version of the 1st video to get a V cut and added some layers. I have have long hair and I cut off about an inch I should say.

PS:sarah2002 I have exact same hair as you have described yours, 3a crown, 2c unerneath and 2a underlayer.
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Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
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