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B-wavy 01-05-2007 09:33 AM

advice needed on trimming hair please
So, last year I tried two new stylists....both of whom butchered my hair after I'd spent the previous two years growing it out, thank you very much. The 2nd stylist said she knew point cutting, but her technique wasn't point cutting as described in the CG book. She did cut individual clumps of hair, but instead of snipping the ends at an angle, she held her scissors parallel to the clump and snipped randomly into it, making the ends rather ragged. The first time she did it, it actually helped my hair lay better, but by my last visit at the end of November, my hair was getting stringier and wasn't clumping well at all. She also used thinning shears when she had me turned away from the mirror after I specifically told her not to! :evil:

Two days ago, I decided to trim my own hair (as in the CG book) as best I could to try to get rid of some of the raggedy ends. I probably took off anywhere from 1/4" to as much as 1 1/2" in some places. It actually turned out pretty well, and my hair is already clumping much better. The problem is that because of the technique she was using and because she used the dratted thinning shears, it's going to take a while to truly grow out and get rid of the raggedy-ness. I don't want to take off too much at once since I really don't know what I'm doing! So, my question is how long should I wait in between trims? A week? A month?

Bliss 01-05-2007 10:50 AM

I guess it would depend on how fast your hair grows...Id probably just watch it and trim when it seems ready kwim?

B-wavy 01-05-2007 12:43 PM

Thanks, SBackes. I guess I'm just antsy because it already looks like it's ready for another trim, but I don't want to end up cutting it too short either.

GiveMeABMW 01-05-2007 01:07 PM

I once read in US/People/or similar that Jennifer Aniston gets a trim once every 4 weeks, and that's why her hair grows so fast. So since I've been employing my SO to do my trims for me, I do it exactly once a month.

Bliss 01-05-2007 01:40 PM

I dont get how cutting the ends would make it grow any faster...but a lot of people say this

I probably would do a tiny trim every 4-6 weeks if its looking yucky on the ends...just until you get it how you want it.....then if you want to maintain that length continue, or if you want to grow it longer space the trims further apart

GiveMeABMW 01-05-2007 03:22 PM

Cutting the ends doesn't make hair grow faster, it just keeps your ends healthy and stops breakage from moving up the hair shaft. I usually just trim 1/4" every month, if that.

Longcurls 01-05-2007 03:32 PM

My girl insisted on trims every 5 weeks when I colored & it would never get past my shoulders. She is fighting me all the way but I have not let her cut it the last 4 times & it has grown almost to the middle of my back & it looks fabulous. I did let her cut some long layers & trim them a little. But if your hair looks healthy don't cut it. I asked this same question yesterday & the general concensise I got was about every 6 months.

linda_m 01-05-2007 03:52 PM

My stylist, who I adore, says every 6-8 weeks to keep it from getting raggedy. I'm growing mine out so she does a very slight trim (1/4 inch) every 8 weeks. My hair grows about 3/4 inch in a month, so it's lengthened significantly by doing it this way. After it gets to where I want it, she'll take more off, but I'll probably still stick to the every 8 weeks schedule. (I get mine colored and highlighted. Color every 4 weeks and highlights the times I don't get it cut. That helps w/ cost and with time spent in the salon.)

lushaholic 01-05-2007 04:10 PM

I trim my own once a month but that's because my hair grows like super fast. I definitely don't think it grows fast just because I trim it often though.

Longcurls 01-05-2007 05:23 PM

On another much are you guys paying for color? My stylist is awesome with my color & only charges me $58 every five weeks & this includes a trim. I even get a few highlights & Redken shades. I think this is a pretty good price one of the reasons I have been going to her for years.

B-wavy 01-05-2007 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by lushaholic
I trim my own once a month but that's because my hair grows like super fast. I definitely don't think it grows fast just because I trim it often though.

Thanks everyone for all the input. I think I probably will go with a once-a-month schedule at least until the ragged ends are completely gone. My hair grows pretty fast too, so at least that's a plus.

Nice to see you back on the board, lushaholic! I was just thinking about you yesterday and hope all is going well with you and your new job. :D

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