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OperaCurls 06-03-2009 12:41 AM

Cutting my own hair for funsies! *UPDATE* Pg. 2 Pictures
 
I've been trying to grow my hair to BSL, but it's been driving me crazy and I wanted a change, so what could be more natural than grabbing the scissors and hacking away?!? This was inspired by all the recent "I cut my own hair and it looks awesome" threads.

http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/...-self-haircut/

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I probably need to fix some of the layers so they blend better, but I'm waiting to do that after I've lived with the cut for a day or two. What do y'all think? I'm totally up for suggestions on how to improve the cut.

Edit: Update on page 2 with pictures of the new bob.

frenchkissed 06-03-2009 09:54 AM

You did a great job! The hair around my face is unpredictable, too. Sometimes totally straight, sometimes ringlets. I WILL figure out why but it might take a while! :o) But I agree, wait and see what happens before you get too scissor-happy.
I think the longest piece in the back could be trimmed but that's just my opinion; after a few hours more of drying maybe it looks less angled?

OperaCurls 06-03-2009 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by frenchkissed (Post 985212)
You did a great job! The hair around my face is unpredictable, too. Sometimes totally straight, sometimes ringlets. I WILL figure out why but it might take a while! :o) But I agree, wait and see what happens before you get too scissor-happy.
I think the longest piece in the back could be trimmed but that's just my opinion; after a few hours more of drying maybe it looks less angled?

Thank you! I agree especially with the bolded part. My hair was still a bit damp when I took the pictures and I had been handling it a lot, so I didn't want to cut off too much. But I think the longest bit will need to be taken up a little. That's the part that's hardest to reach on my head; I might have to find someone whom I trust with scissors near my head to help me with that! (eek!)

burgundy_locks 06-03-2009 10:50 AM

opera, you seriously have the nicest hair ever!!!! omg and the color is so awesome!!! beautiful!!!!!!!

EarthyCurls 06-03-2009 11:26 AM

how did you cut it? i'm esp. curious about how u did the layers

tinah 06-03-2009 11:48 AM

It looks great! When I saw the title of the post and then saw who posted it I went "Eeek! She cut that beautiful hair!?!" but it really turned out nice! The layers are good. I agree with the post about the back of it. If it dries ok then I wouldn't worry about it. But you did a really nice job!

I'd also be interested in knowing how you did it and how you did the layers.

OperaCurls 06-03-2009 01:53 PM

Ladies, you are too kind! Thanks for all the positive feedback. :happy6:

I cut my hair while it was dry, starting with the curls framing my face. I took just the hair that naturally falls in front of my ears, and trimmed it using Feye's trimming method for a "v-cut."
http://community.livejournal.com/feyeselftrim/
Then I parted the rest of my hair down the middle and snipped individual curls so that the layered front part gradually tapered into the rest of the length. This made for a pretty drastic V shape, as you can see in the pictures. After that was done, I also picked up the curls at my canopy and snipped off a half-inch to release them from getting caught in the under layers and dragging down my crown. Does that make sense?

My hair is still air-drying for the day (go figure) but I'm really excited to see how it looks later! So far, so good.

Edit: I was going to post more pictures but my camera decided to die on me :(

OperaCurls 06-09-2009 02:35 PM

layers = CLUMPS!?
 
Who woulda thunk it? :blob4:

Initially when my hair was completely dry I was a little sad that I had lost the length, but since then I've been pleasantly surprised at how much better my curls clump together and don't lose volume or definition throughout the day. Up until now, I thought those things had more to do with product and application than with a cut. My 2B sister even noticed that my curls look bigger and slightly looser because of the better clumps.

Speckla 06-09-2009 02:49 PM

I looks really good. How cute are those curly-q ends? :thumbleft:

Jusduit 06-09-2009 05:07 PM

WOW, you did a super good job......it looks great!

Saria 06-09-2009 05:13 PM

Wow, you are a far braver woman than I. And luckier. It looks great. If I were to do that . . . disaster!

OperaCurls 06-09-2009 05:57 PM

Thanks, ladies. :toothy10:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sairis (Post 991533)
If I were to do that . . . disaster!

Heh, I went into the cut mentally prepared for it to suck and have to go into the salon for a bob!

Oh, and I did end up fixing the back pieces after a few days, but for the most part it looks fine once it's completely dry. I got two unsolicited compliments from strangers yesterday! :toothy3: Talk about a mood-booster.

Curly Girl Fla 06-09-2009 07:21 PM

I've always thought your hair is just beautiful, as are you, and your cut now is no exception. Well done!

CurliLocks 06-15-2009 04:55 PM

I see your products in your sig, but can you give us your routine? Do you comb products in, then scrunch, or what? TIA! :) My hair used to look just like yours when it was longer, many years ago.

xcptnl 06-15-2009 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sairis (Post 991533)
Wow, you are a far braver woman than I. And luckier. It looks great. If I were to do that . . . disaster!

It looks great. And I agree with Sairis - I would never ever try that because I would end up with no hair. Just trim this one, oh that one needs to be a bit shorter,....oops...so does that one, what is that one doing-might as well cut it. And so on and so on until I had no hair left.

OperaCurls 06-15-2009 07:04 PM

Routine
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CurliLocks (Post 997679)
I see your products in your sig, but can you give us your routine? Do you comb products in, then scrunch, or what? TIA! :) My hair used to look just like yours when it was longer, many years ago.

Sure! :angel2:

Cleansing: I only cleanse my hair with the soap bar or ayurvedic herbs two or three times a month, so for the most part I cowash with the Suave.

Conditioning: Usually use gobs and gobs of my cowash condish to detangle in the shower, then rinse completely and comb in my leave-in to soaking wet hair.

Styling: I generally apply styling products after plopping for 10-15 minutes (no scrunching out water, the towel absorbs the worst of it). The exception would be when I use FSG, which helps with clumps and curl formation; I apply it in the shower. After plopping I'll scrunch in two or three nickel-sized blobs of Curl Junkie Aloe Fix Gel using mysteryflavored's KCCC application technique, and scrunch a tiny bit of BRHG on the ends for hold. I clip my roots and usually diffuse, but my sister hijacked the blowdryer awhile back so I've been airdrying. I diffuse because it helps with volume.

OperaCurls 06-15-2009 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xcptnl (Post 997695)

It looks great. And I agree with Sairis - I would never ever try that because I would end up with no hair. Just trim this one, oh that one needs to be a bit shorter,....oops...so does that one, what is that one doing-might as well cut it. And so on and so on until I had no hair left.

Believe me, the temptation was there! :afro:

CurliLocks 06-15-2009 11:58 PM

Thanks opera! I did try combing my hair before putting in my gel, and I like the smaller, separated curls I got today (instead of the big clumpy curls) for a change. :D I can't plop, I get smashed wonky roots/crown. :(

AlannahAngel 06-16-2009 04:12 AM

Opera_Curls your hair is stunning! I wish I could cut my own hair but as xcptnl said I would end up with about one hair left on my head - not a good view, huh? lol. When I grow I SHALL learn to hack thy own hair, hmmm

oddityofwings 06-16-2009 10:04 AM

Your hair is gorgeous, and the cut looks fantastic! I wish I was brave enough to attack my hair with scissors!


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