Hair cutting techniques - looking for help!

Hopefully this will be a good thread on haircutting techniques.


I am interested in how your hair was cut either by a stylist or self-cut (when you liked the results!!). What were the actual techniques used? Did the stylist or you just take individual curls and snip them randomly?

There doesn't seem to be alot of information out there except from what I was able to gleam from the CurlyGirl book where she takes individual curls and shapes your hair, splits clumps of curls and clips one group shorter.

I've seen some videos on the web of a layered hair cut but always they are using models with stick straight hair!

I've tried cutting my own hair using the "bend over, flip all of your hair over and cutting straight across". While the results are not bad, it's not exactly what I want. That method produces horizontal layers, which if cut too short would result in the dreaded pyramid effect!

I was looking at the picture for Batia & Aleeze. I am not sure who the person is with the shorter cut, but I love it and would like to have my hair cut like that which prompted this thread.

It would be great if NaturallyCurly.com did a series of articles of haircutting techniques and showed pictures!

Anyway, here's hoping we have some great discussions on this topic.
I've said this before, on other pages, but for those who didn't see it, there is a book called "Haircutting for Dummies." It has a chapter called "Compact Cutting". Basicly it tells how to get a layered cut by grabbing all your hair at once, and cutting it all at once. There are several ways to do this, depending on what style you want. There are photos of women with the various cuts, and you just follow the directions for the cut you want. I've cut my hair 4 times this way, picking a different style this last time. I've LOVED it every time. No stylist has ever given me such a great curl-enhancing cut. AND it doesn't cost me anything.
I have had my hair cut so many different ways but the best ever was the way the curly book describes. I have a new stylist who trains under Lorraine Masey and she cut mine that way and WOW - I'll never go back to another way. I hope she never leaves!!
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
I decided to trim my own hair tonight & up to now it looks pretty good although I don't want to scrunch it out till morning (it's still airdrying).
What I did was section my hair with duck bill clips so the top layers were out of the way & then started on the bottom layer, I then parted hair in small vertical sections & pulled them at a horizontal angle, lining them up with each other as I went along, I trimmed about an inch all over. Basically how most hairdressers cut it, although I can't say my effort will be quite as even.
I then trimmed around the front by pulling it forwards as I am trying to line up my grown out fringe (just below chin) with the rest of my hair.
The shape definitely looks better already & my curls seem to have bounced back a bit too, they had been getting rather droopy of late.
I will judge the success of this trim better tomorrow or at the weekend when I diffuse.
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