Curly Bobs Unite! What's to like about it.

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Here's the top ponytail. I cut it straight across at where my eyebrows are.

The bottom is straight across everywhere, and the layers blend in really well! They're very subtle and gradual. I'm honestly so surprised this worked. I was half-expecting a disaster but I'm really impressed.
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Here's the top ponytail. I cut it straight across at where my eyebrows are.

The bottom is straight across everywhere, and the layers blend in really well! They're very subtle and gradual. I'm honestly so surprised this worked. I was half-expecting a disaster but I'm really impressed.
Originally Posted by Saila
Oh, thank you! That was a lot of hair to cut! It looks like the top ponytail is the hair from about the ears forward. Is it?

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No, it's actually my entire hair like super high ponytail. I flipped my hair upside down and brushed it (don't worry, I had plenty of conditioner) for like 5 minutes to make sure it was perfectly "aligned" and then snipped. This is what makes the layers. If I had cut it shorter, it would've had more layers, I think.
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No, it's actually my entire hair like super high ponytail. I flipped my hair upside down and brushed it (don't worry, I had plenty of conditioner) for like 5 minutes to make sure it was perfectly "aligned" and then snipped. This is what makes the layers. If I had cut it shorter, it would've had more layers, I think.
Originally Posted by Saila
Now that I look again, I see it. That's what I was thinking, that you'd have to do all the hair for the layers, but I think the girl in the video only did the front for top layers. I guess it might work with shorter hair but I was wondering how it would work for long hair. So, all the hair--that makes sense!

I just had a trim about 3 weeks ago, but I think it wasn't enough, I need a bit more off. Maybe I'll try just a little trim and see how it goes. Your info and pics have been very helpful and encouraging! Thank you again! I'll post if I do my own trim.

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I think doing a small trim with this method is a great starting point. Let us know if you try it.
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Let's see if I understand this: the first ponytail (down) is more for cutting off longer length and the second one (top) actually shapes the hair. Right? So if I'm just trimming, I maybe only need the top one? Or do you use the length of the hair after the first cut as a guide for the second?

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You're right that the first/low ponytail is mostly for cutting the length, but that depends on your hair length. If you cut it very short, it will have some layering effect as well. If your hair is below shoulder length, I think it would be fine to just do the top ponytail for the trim.
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Update time. I did a trim. Maybe about 1 inch or so, using the exact same method. I didn't get pictures because it was impulsive. I must say - I'm a lot less impressed this time around.

I think this method works best for less dense hair.

It was a lot easier to do the first time because my relaxed ends were thinner than my natural hair. Now that I had to cut into my thicker hair, it wasn't as smooth. I think the technique is still solid - but you should get a friend to help you for optimal results.
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I can imagine, Saila! I did try trimming just the top by putting only about 1/2 or so of my hair into a top pony and cutting just about 3/4 inch off. It was hard to do, my hair is thicker than I thought!

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Let's see if I understand this: the first ponytail (down) is more for cutting off longer length and the second one (top) actually shapes the hair. Right? So if I'm just trimming, I maybe only need the top one? Or do you use the length of the hair after the first cut as a guide for the second?
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I am considering giving myself a trim and found this thread during my search. So I just read a few last pages to get an idea and I am intrigued.

I was wondering how the ponytail at the top affects the shape of the hair? Does it affect whether layers are shorter or longer? I have no experience cutting/trimming hair and was just curious.
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Thanks for these tips, I gave myself a haircut this morning and followed your directions. I only did the back (too scared to do the whole head) but turned out great because now I have a slightly inverted bob and saved myself a visit to salon. Now if I can get the courage to do the top I will be all set Btw any tips on how to see the back of the head while cutting it? anneh

You're right that the first/low ponytail is mostly for cutting the length, but that depends on your hair length. If you cut it very short, it will have some layering effect as well. If your hair is below shoulder length, I think it would be fine to just do the top ponytail for the trim.
Originally Posted by Saila

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I use a hand mirror to look at the back of my head.
Thanks for these tips, I gave myself a haircut this morning and followed your directions. I only did the back (too scared to do the whole head) but turned out great because now I have a slightly inverted bob and saved myself a visit to salon. Now if I can get the courage to do the top I will be all set Btw any tips on how to see the back of the head while cutting it? anneh

You're right that the first/low ponytail is mostly for cutting the length, but that depends on your hair length. If you cut it very short, it will have some layering effect as well. If your hair is below shoulder length, I think it would be fine to just do the top ponytail for the trim.
Originally Posted by Saila
Originally Posted by anneh
Anything chin-length or above, you will probably need someone to help you. I attempted to trim my own hair when it was a little below chin length. I had to have my mom do the back once I realized I'd gotten it too short to be able to see it. It's a wonder it turned out b/c neither of us knew what we were doing and my mom is kind of a spaz. lol.
Faux curly inverted bob on type 4 hair.

I normally don't much care for my shrinkage but it works for me in terms of my new everyday curly inverted bob look. It's faux because I didn't cut it. In fact my hair is grazing APL now. I flat twisted the back going up and shrinkage took care of the rest. LOL! So there you have it, the maintenance and look of the beloved curly bob without the commitment.

I love it and do consider myself part of the "curly bob club".

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I think I'm must meant for a bob. I tried growing my hair out, but it didn't look very good. I chopped it off yesterday. It feels so much better. It's a little short, but I can grow it a bit.
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How to cut your own hair - YouTube

I found an awesome video about how to cut your own hair into a curly bob and it looks really awesome. I think I'm about to do it...

There's also more info on this page: Easy Way to Cut Your Own Hair in a Curly Bob
Originally Posted by Saila
Wow! Thank you for this video Saila! Since I'm home sick today, with a fever and general not feeling well, I've decided to cut my hair today! (What could possibly go wrong? )

Really, the video is awesome, and what I do to myself can't possibly be worse than what other people have done. Plus, if I don't like it, it's just hair, it will grow back. And I've been longing for an inverted bob for a very long time.

I'm starting. I'll go slow. (I'm not brave enough, or curly enough to do it like Cool Mom in the video). I'll report back in a few days

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Just got my haircut yesterday! (deva cut) it was getting pretty long and I wanted something new so I went with what I would call a long bob? Not sure haha! I'm loving it so far... I was able to do second day hair today; something I've never been able to do! Water, gel, scrunch and done. I'm really happy with it. Here's some before and after pictures:
I think I'm must meant for a bob. I tried growing my hair out, but it didn't look very good. I chopped it off yesterday. It feels so much better. It's a little short, but I can grow it a bit.
Originally Posted by curry curls
GMTA! I tried to grow mine but it didn't work for me. I had it cut into an inverted bob today. Feels sooo good!
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I'm really starting to consider it!! Y husband would cry, but I really am!!! Lol!!

Your bobs look really cute!!!
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