How to cut trim your own hair?

I have had multiple failures when trying to deal with a salon stylist, so I have decided to give up. I want to try doing it myself, because I know exactly what I want. Does anyone have any tips?

I tried trimming/styling a little while ago, and it looked great when I first trimmed it. But then after I showered and restyled it, all the curls curled differently! So the length looked uneven. How do I judge how the curls are always going to dry? Mine dry differently after every wash!
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1. Only cut a little bit each session. So little that you may at the time not think it's even worth it. Since you're cutting it yourself, who cares if you take a week. "Alright, that little bit didn't do the trick, maybe I'll take another millimeter off tomorrow." Or, "wow, this was the wrong direction, let's go a different way tomorrow." This gives you time to really evaluate the effects of what you've done. And that is important.

2. Along those same lines, give up thinking in terms of "a haircut." Just trim a little here if it's getting a bit bushy, a little there sometime later if it's getting in the way, etc. I use my shears on my hair at least once a week for some small thing or other. I am the only one who can really tell a change. I have a constantly evolving cut.

3. Get really high quality hair shears and thinning shears. Thinning shears work really well on my hair to take out the bushiness and weight every now and then.

4. Don't be afraid.

I've been cutting my own hair like this for the past 15 or so years. I'm convinced that curly hair is so individualized that even curly-hair experts cannot do the best job. You've grown up with your hair and all its quirks. You know how it changes its own personality each day and why. Get to cutting your own hair and you'll quickly learn how little things here and there cutting/thinning-wise will play out in very sublte, but important, ways.
Wow, thank you so much for your tips!! You made some very good points.

SIDE NOTE: Umm, I definitely just realized the title of this post makes absolutely no sense. My bad. Got a little excited when I was typing I guess.
EXTREMELY thick, medium 3B-3C hair;
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if you want to make it more symettrical should you put it in a ponytail and then cut it?
My main problem is that I have random curls that are sometimes extremely springy, but sometimes almost straight. So when they're straight, they hang down about two inches below the rest of my hair.
EXTREMELY thick, medium 3B-3C hair;
I have yet to find a hair twin ANYWHERE...website or real life

Current routine: Um, I don't feel like updating my siggie every thirty minutes. I'm experimenting right now! (loving the overnight plop!)
I don't know if this helps, but I always comb my hair out with my fingers before I cut -- yes, dry -- so it's all the same length.
I don't know if this helps, but I always comb my hair out with my fingers before I cut -- yes, dry -- so it's all the same length.
Originally Posted by chewy
Yes, like first thing this morning so you can shower afterwards.
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I am trimming my hair today. I just spent an obscene amount of money in the CurlMart today and there went my haircuttin money...
I am still working on getting DH to cut it for me since I am not so great with the back, he still says he'd rather I spent the $50 on a haircut than mess it up. I keep telling him that it's so long no one will notice...
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I just finished my self trim. It has been so long since I trimmed my own hair, I was actually a little afraid before I started. It's quite a chore with hair as long as mine but I only took off about a half an inch on the top layers. I usually don't take any off the length at all. I have to brush it out too which was a comedic treat for DH. I am plopping now with Biotera Curl Cream after water washing to calm the giant...and I mean giant ball of hair that it became because I cut it outside in the Cinti humidity. I didn't feel like cleaning the bathroom after I was finished. We'll see if I need to trim more after it dries. I hope it looks better then it did before.
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"Man tries to exaggerate what nature has given him," Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful." -Sophia Loren

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