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awelcome 05-19-2013 05:39 PM

Q about trimming own ends
I probably should have researched BEFORE I did it, but I am impatient like that at times. It's funny, I have been debating getting a trim at a salon but have been almost terrified to go in since going curly because I have always had bad experiences with asking for JUST A TRIM and getting a few inches cut off. Or asking to just clean up layers and ending with a ton of them all over the place. It's going to take me a long time to get my hair long enough that I can even things out as it is.

So anyway, I just got bored and decided to trim just a little off my own ends a bit ago. I have been looking through my ends and found only maybe one or two split ends so I wasn't sure if I even needed a trim for health reasons, but I guess I am trying to even out razor fly aways and layers little by little on my ends and get some shape to the curls. Having not had a trim in probably over a year and not always taking the best care of it I'd say it was also maybe a bit dry on the ends.

What I did was went through my hair one clump at a time and took a small bit off... varying depending on how the curl looked but never more than half an inch probably, but not straight across... more of a tip/curl shape. Then for my straighter layers on the back underside I tried to even them out (when I pulled half to each side they were WAY uneven) and bring them up just a little more so they sat under my longest curly layers.

Now I wonder if I did that ok? I mean it looks good right now, and I know it won't always clump the exact same or sit the same, but I tried to take about the same off each clump anyway. But I imagine if I were to straighten my hair it would be far from perfectly even. My question is do you worry about that when getting a trim? I don't plan to straighten, but I do once in a blue moon (though not since I have really focused on curls). Do you feel like it's better to tailor to each curl or do an even length? It's a good thing curly hair is somewhat forgiving and can hide uneven lengths easily lol.

Lynaea 05-20-2013 08:14 AM

I've had the same types of experiences, I have only found 2 stylists who actually listened to what I wanted and then did it. My best advice is to decide exactly what you want done and then be very specific. And in my experience even "long layers" is open to interpretation. It also helps to explain what your goals are for your hair (growing it out, trying to make it more healthy, etc). My best results have been when I do all this. I usually figure out how much I want off and then subtract an inch or so because most stylists seem unable to measure ;). Then I go in and say I want 2inches off in a scoop shape. If you want layers tell them where you want them to start and tell them absolutely no thinning or razor/texture cutting. If they don't seem to be listening or even start making suggestions that don't jibe with your goals leave. I also request a dry cut, if they balk at that, leave. My current stylist wets my hair with a squirt bottle for a 'dry' cut but she always does exactly what I say so I let it go. I think it helped too that the first time I saw her I told her several of the horrible things others had done to my hair and what didn't work. Just like with products, you have to keep trying till you find a good one. :)

awelcome 05-20-2013 09:51 AM

Thanks, I think it doesn't help that I was finally comfortable with my stylist back home, then she quit and I had to flounder around again, never really finding one. Then I moved here and I have tried two since being here and the second was better, but she's the reason I have so many tiny layers because she cut my hair as if it were straight lol.

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