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how to trim your own hair

February 12, 2011

who needs a trim?

I’ve been a beauty DIY’er for quite some time. I hardly see a pro for anything.

Ok, a seasonal mani-pedi at one of the Korean places up on St-Catherine’s, an occasional eyebrow threading at the Arabic place up on Cote-Vertu but that’s pretty much it. I even cut my own hair! I don’t mean bangs; all of it. Now that it’s very long, the bf has to help out, but I think that still counts as a self-cut. And you know what? Nobody can tell.

The best part is that I save a lot of money on haircuts that look stupid. The even better part is that I don’t come out of the salon with hair that’s been “textured” (ie thinned out even more) or “layered” (ie thinned out even more). I have fine hair! My hair feels so limp and sad when it’s been texturized, and all the mousse and crap they put in there just makes it crunchy. Ugh.

The last time I went to see a “professional”, he wanted to give me “chunky layers”. I was terrified and protested, but he insisted. WHY do they do this? I actually got intimidated, because face it, how to do you make a scene and storm out of a salon with hair all ridiculously pinned up and that black cape secured around your neck?

I ended up with exactly 2 layers in my hair. Two! I had like, a single “step” in my hair. Terrible.

I now only trust myself with my hair. This may change over time, but for now this is how it’s going to be.

My method is easy, but if you know in your heart that you’re “not good at this stuff”, or you have a ton of hair maybe you shouldn’t try this.

1. Make sure your hair is at least damp, and comb it through to work out knots.

2. Use very sharp shears that are intended for hair….and ONLY use them on your hair. Here’s where you don’t want to cheap out and use the kitchen scissors. That’s a fail.

3. Grab one-inch section by clamping your fingers about 2 inches from the bottom of the hair, when you hair is lying flat down your back, lift the piece and bring it around your shoulder, making sure that your fingers are still securely in the same place.

4. Eye the chunk of hair you’re about to snip: does it look like it’s in the right position? Did you fail at grabbing that chunk nice and flat? Sigh. Try again.

5. Carefully snip straight across at about 1 cm from the ends. Just like you’d tell a stylist to, but would never actually get.

6. Continue to the next secton. Grab a section of the original cut so you can line them up.

7. Comb between section-grabs.

8. You want to front of your hair to match, right? Ok, so comb it all straight down and snip the front so it’s the same length. I like to use my scissors at a 45 degree angle here, making tiny snips so it’s a nice soft edge.

9. Along the very top of your crown, comb your hair straight up in small sections and trim anything that’s looking ragged. Here again I use that 45 angle. This will give you SOFT layers…no Sally Hershberger hair here. (Sorry, nice cuts and all, just doesn’t work for me).

10. Use a mirror to scrutinize the back of your head. Is it even? (I had uneven hair for while because my cousin messed up my hair, but I digress. Nobody is touching my hair again. Ever.) Anyhow, if it’s terribly uneven then you were never meant to undertake this project, and shame on you for not knowing. Just kidding. Have a trusted friend  even it out. Honestly, though, I have never messed up my hair by doing this and I can barely cut paper in a straight line.





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