Cutting your own hair

Do you cut your own hair? There was a thread once where this was discussed (can't find it now) and several curlies recommended a technique where you sort of flip your head over, comb your hair out and cut straight across.

When you flipped back over, you basically had trimmed your hair into a nice layered look. Anybody do this or remember the thread?

TIA!

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Hi! I cut my own hair. I first used these steps to make a sort of V shape http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/Dumm...e/id-1561.html. After that I took one curl at a time and did the / cut on each curl as said on the Curly Girl book. It kinda works for me. I do wish my hair had a more stylist style, but I'm terrified of going to the hairdressers' and getting a bad haircut.

Someone also posted this site for cutting hair http://www.wikihow.com/Cut-Your-Own-Hair-in-Layers

and here is one of the many threads about cutting your own hair http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...light=#1139042

I hope this helps somehow!
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I use the ponytail method to cut my hair into layers. It seems like everytime I go to the salon I am unhappy. They never do it right or it is uneven. I went to beauty school and know how to cut hair, but it takes too long section by section so I just gather it all up in a pony tail on top of my head and trim the ends straight across. It makes shorter to longer graduated layers which is how I like it so it does not get poofy on the bottom
I'm not sure about the results on curly hair, but I know a lot of straight-haired folks who just put their hair in a ponytail, cut straight across and get some nice layers / a nice V shape out of it!
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I use the ponytail method to cut my hair into layers. It seems like everytime I go to the salon I am unhappy. They never do it right or it is uneven. I went to beauty school and know how to cut hair, but it takes too long section by section so I just gather it all up in a pony tail on top of my head and trim the ends straight across. It makes shorter to longer graduated layers which is how I like it so it does not get poofy on the bottom
Originally Posted by nix
I did mine this way too. I like it a lot, after I did the main cutting at the ponytail& let it down it looked really good, layered and I loved it. I just trimmed the front a little bit to frame my face a little better. I'd recommend doing this, it's super easy and fast.
I straighten my hair and then do a modified ponytail method. I tried to freehand some layers in last time and seriously screwed it up and had to go back to the ponytail method to salvage what I could!

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I use a combination depending on what my hair currently seem to mainly need.

* Ponytail-method to get the outer edges, where I do the ponytail in many different locatons and do not pull anything so that I let my curls be curly.

* Search-and-destroy for knotty and frayed edges. I hardly ever get split ends though.

* "Search-and-destroy"-ish to even up the length in the curls that need it to encourage clumping and splitting up too big clumps into two or more curls by cutting of some length.

* Then I also long-term try to even up the layers I got which I did not ask for last time I went to a hair dresser. This means that I manually cut more layers, but I rarely cut more than an inch of any curl during the session as I'm pretty scared of cutting too much off. Just a small bit of length cut off usually makes the curl spring up a fair bit once I have washed and dried my hair again...

I'm really a newbie at this but I'm trying to learn.

I also cut the hair of my boyfriend as he time after tme end up with uneven cuts that he paid a lot of money from. After getting him to do the CG-method his gigantic fluff has reduced massively just like my hair lost it's fluff so now the thinning scissors are no longer used and there is a project to grow out the top section in length + growing out the thinned areas to have the same length and see what happens when it comes to curls.
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Tell me more about this 'ponytail' method.
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I used to do it when my hair was longer. When it grows out again, I'll start doing it again. I got WAY better results doing it myself
Sooo....is this essentially a pineapple that you cut the top off of? How tight do you pull it? My pineapple tends to be pretty tight in the front, but very loose in back to the point where I even have pieces that fall out. Do you try to get an even tautness all the way around?
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I use creaclip to trim my hair. Go to YouTube and type cracking. You'll find lots of videos.

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Do you cut your own hair? There was a thread once where this was discussed (can't find it now) and several curlies recommended a technique where you sort of flip your head over, comb your hair out and cut straight across.

When you flipped back over, you basically had trimmed your hair into a nice layered look. Anybody do this or remember the thread?

TIA!
Originally Posted by roseannadana
This is exactly what I do, except that I do put it into a ponytail first before cutting. Layers better than what the beautician was doing and 'behaves' better, too.
Sooo....is this essentially a pineapple that you cut the top off of? How tight do you pull it? My pineapple tends to be pretty tight in the front, but very loose in back to the point where I even have pieces that fall out. Do you try to get an even tautness all the way around?
Originally Posted by WavyRoo
Yes, exactly. It should be even all the way around. And it should be fairly taut. It should be right at the center of your head. The farther you put it forward, the more layers you'll get. You can look up youtube videos of people doing the ponytail cut for trimming.
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I tried to cut my own hair & I didn't do so well. Lol I'm happy with my stylist Kyle.
Yes, a "pineapple" but depending on how layered you want it and the difference in back-front etc you will want to place it in a different or even multiple places. I usually make 5+ "pine apples" where I trim just the edges of. I don't use it to cut layers, just to be able to even out the layers.
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What is meant by a "pineapple"?


I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
See the stickies on each board for explanations of techniques and acronyms.

Pineapple is a super loose ponytail on the very top of your head.
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