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12 February 2006 @ 06:32 pm
The U-shaped trim  

For a slight U-shape to the ends.

Step 1

Start with combing your hair as straight as possible, removing every tangle. Part your hair in the middle, all the way down to the back of the head. Then bring the two sides of hair forward.

Step 2

Comb each side carefully until every hair strand seems to be lying in the right direction. When you're done, tilt your head back as far as comfortable and then comb some more. You'll feel very silly doing this, and you'll look silly too. But just try to ignore that for a while!

Concentrate on one side of the hair at a time. You can use a scrunchie to hold the other one in place while you trim. Comb the un-scrunched side while still tilted back. Grab the ends of your hair with one hand (using your index and middle finger). Hold the scissors with the other.

When you have a firm hold you can look down on your hair again. Make sure that your grip is firm and avoid shifting any hair strands when you bend your head to look down. Then bring the ends up and carefully trim off as much as desired.

Note: For a deeper U-shape, look straight ahead in front of you when trimming instead of looking toward the roof. You can also look toward the floor for an even deeper U.

You can hold the hair either like this: Or this:

I prefer the first grip, it holds the ends firmly.

Trim both sides of hair this way, and try to make them as even as possible. You don't want to end up with hair that is shorter on one

Step 3

When you're done you should have hair that is slightly V-shaped when brushed back. To remove the V and replace it with a U you need to comb the hair back and put it in a low ponytail. Bend your head forward to look toward the floor. Pull the scrunchie as far down your ponytail as possible, and as close to the body as possible too. When you can't reach anymore, try to grab the scrunchie from behind your back instead. Pull it all the way down to the end of the ponytail. Maybe you'll need someone to help you with this so that you don't pull it more to one side or the other.

Please note: The image is showing this step while looking straight ahead, but I have found that looking toward the floor produces even better results.

Now, bring the scrunchie at the end of the ponytail forward, over one of your sholders. Get hold of the scrunchie (be careful not to pull any strands while doing this!!) and trim the tip of the ponytail off (this removes the V). If your hair is too short to reach, you can ask someone else to trim the tip off. Comb the hair back again and make sure that you're satisfied. If you've still got a V you'll have to ponytail your hair again and trim more of the tip off.

Step 4 (for perfectionists, not necessary to do, but highly recommended!)

If you're a perfectionist like I am, then part your hair and comb the two sides forward again, while holding your head up looking straight ahead (no tilting). You will notice that your ends are a bit uneven, so just even them up (1/4 of an inch or so).

Step 5 (also for perfectionists)

Finally you can comb all your hair to one side instead of parting it in the middle. You do this to make sure that you haven't missed any strands (This might happen if your part isn't exactly in the middle of your head). Snip off all strands that are longer than the rest of the hair, and make sure that it's even. Do this with the other side too.

When you're finally done, your U-shape will look something like this:

A deeper U-shape (head held up to look straight ahead instead of looking towards the roof in Step 2) on longer hair looks like this:

(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
PurpleBubba says, I've used this and liked it
I have used the Slight U instructions and was happy with my results.
hmelegant_emily on March 11th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've trimmed twice using this method, and I have to say it works wonderfully and is extremely easy and quick!
the fee fairythe_fee_fairy on March 13th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
I've just done it! I did the medium U. It was easy, and worked nicely. I was a bit worried about the amount being cut off, but when i brushed it back, it was fine. I realised that most of the length was copming off the front bits, and as it was a straight blunt across cut last time, i had to cut more off those than the back.

I'm very pleased. Thankyou!
(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'll never go to a hairdresser again
Thank you very much for this instruction. I've just done it the first time and it took me only about 10 minutes or so. And the result is quite satisfactory!!!

Greetings, Christina
(Anonymous) on July 27th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
THis is a good site. I've been cutting my own hair for many years. I layer it all the way around. It's very time consuming, and I too am a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. Hairdressers don't seem to want to do what I ask, and one upon examining it actually told me that even though I cut my own it didn't look bad at all. So I figured I'd just continue on then. I too have alot of body in my hair and maybe that camoflauges any unevenness. I"m pretty fussy though. But this is a good site.I'm glad I'm not alone out there for cutting my own hair.
wetset4uwetset4u on July 28th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: hair
Can you tell me a your process for cutting your hair with layers?? I would like to add some in, but I do not trust hairdressers. I would rather do this myself and have a friend check it. Looking forward to your instructions....I have the scissors ready : )
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Tried it!
Tried this last night. First time I ever cut my own hair. Had hubby check it afterward and it looks great! Had a straight line and created a u-shape. Love it!
wetset4uwetset4u on August 2nd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Tried it!
How much did you cut off to get your shape???
whichever way the wind blowsseph_ski on August 15th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
I've been putting off making a hair appointment for *MONTHS* because I'm one of those women who just doesn't enjoy the salon experience (or the money it costs!). I just tried this method and it was so quick and easy, and worked beautifully! I'm trying to grow out some long layers, so it'll be another several months before I can cut again (don't want to lose too much length at once) and get rid of the last of the layers, but my hair looks great now and I can't wait until I can finish the job with a nice, blunt cut! A million thanks for sharing!!!
(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Very Easy
I used your U shaped cut and found it very easy and flattering for my bra-length hair. No one at the salon ever cuts it right and I was able to take off as little as I wanted to and get it even! Thanks a million.
mimi_four on October 23rd, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)

I've cut my hair a couple of times, but I don't think I use the right scissors.. Even though my hair looks good right after trimming, after a couple of days my ends seem to get really thin, and jumpy.
I was wondering what kind of scissors you use, and how much they cost.
Also I was wondering, if my ends are dead now, or just damaged.

(Anonymous) on January 9th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
You can normally pick up salon quality scissors at your local supermarket, or I found mine on eBay (new).
Technically hair is dead as soon as it leaves the scalp, but if they're damaged the best you can do is either trim again with better scissors, or do an S&D (search and destroy) trim - twirl sections of your ends upward, and trim off any individual ends that are split (leaving the healthy hair).
There's more info over at The Long Hair Community (google it).
(Anonymous) on October 23rd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
thanx.. i cut my hair just as said on your instructions and it worked out just great and i have stright hair which made me abit scared however it worked just right... thnx again xxx
tobyleespiegel on January 20th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Works like a charm... very easy
This is super easy. Because my hair is super fine and wavy, plus I have a thick head of hair, I performed all the steps 3 times. Awesome results! Thank you. :)

Amandaamandapandapink on February 25th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
I've been using your method for years!
...since you posted it on LHC. I use Tweezerman Hair Shears. I tell everyone about your methods. They're so helpful!
(Anonymous) on April 11th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
This was definately easy. I modified it so I could cut layers in my hair and it worked beautifully. What I did was section was part my hair in the middle as suggested and then divided one section into three. A lower, middle and upper section. Then I followed the instructions as given. Perfect. Thanks for sharing your advice with us.
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much for posting this! Have been growing mine for two years and just needed the bad ends removed...like the other readers mentioned, the salons just don't understand what you want. Worked perfectly and my hair looks full and healthy and is no shorter than i wanted it to be!
(Anonymous) on June 15th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
This one looks good! It makes your hair the fullest of any of the other hair cuts! I wish I could do any of these cuts. I don't think I can since my hair is about 10' long.
(Anonymous) on July 7th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Re: Cute
Thanks a million for the instructions - quick and simple. I have fine, wavy hair and this worked a treat!

(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Finally - Good Advice That Works
I came home 2 weeks ago from the salon and noticed that my very expensive "trim" left the left side noticeabley longer. The right side was chopped and there were long tails sticking out from underneath whenever I moved my head. I used this method and trimmed up the right side first to "fix" it and shortened the left side up to match the new length. I looks great. I will be trimming up my hair on my own from now on. My grandaughter is very impressed with the results. Only about 2 inches to go to midback length. Thanks for the instructions.
tuath13: bouncytuath13 on August 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I just avoided an expensive hair cut I probably wouldn't have liked anyway. Now I might actually be able to grow mine to waist length someday, rather than being subject to over-priced hatchet jobs.
Rebeccachocoholicbec on October 14th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! I just tried it for the first time ever, and it works perfectly. It's so quick, too!
(Anonymous) on October 16th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
I've used your method for at least a couple of years, Feye, and it works splendidly every time. The last time I suppose I was in a hurry and didn't get it quite even but my husband corrected that for me. I really appreciate that you keep these instructions up. Cheers!
(Anonymous) on January 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you
I tried this and it worked Im a mom of 3 with very long hair in need of a trim but didnt want to spend $$ doing it, this worked out great!
(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
i tried your instruction on my sister who has super straight hair.she also wanted to get off a lot of length so it was a bit difficult, but we finally made it. we both are very happy with the result though we had more work to do than just following your instruction.
(Anonymous) on April 12th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have used your strait across trim for about a year and it has worked perfectly. I decided to take off about 6 inches and wanted to try the slight U shape method. I was so nervous while cutting but it turned out beautifully and you can easily judge how much to cut off without going to short. Thanks so much for posting these great cutting techniques.
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm a beauty school drop out! Really!
After I part my hair and bring it forward over my chest, and I lay it so that the center at the back is in the center on my chest, I take a small section on the inside of each side and comb them together and give them a trim, them follow that length on both sides so that each side comes out equal once you comb it back. You can blunt it, v it or u it. I also have what is called the split ender. I only use it maybe 3x a year but it is a God send for me, I'm 45 and don't bode well with what someone said to me: "shouldn't women your age start wearing their hair shorter?" That person is lucky he could get out of the car and walk away!!!!!! But being a little older and maintaining long hair takes diligence and prayer. Hormonal changes can wreak havoc. It is very sad when you comb out large numbers of strands. Onward long haired soldiers!!!!
(Anonymous) on March 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm a beauty school drop out! Really!
Hello, I must agree with you wholeheartedly, I am 58 and just growing my hair. One work colleague kept saying 'get your hair cut', everyone else says how much it suits me - they only ever saw me with very short hair. Now I would like to try putting in a couple of layers myself but am very nervous to try, that is until reading all comments to this site. Am now confident enough to 'have a go', thank you to everyone who posted a comment.

Lol Jean
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
from eBirdie
If you don't usually part in the middle (I have a natural off-center part), should you part in the middle for the trim or part where you normally part?
(Anonymous) on August 25th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
hair step 1
hey can i ask when you are pulling the hair forward over each shoulder (as if you are making two braids), do you put your front hair behind your ears and then let it hang over your shoulders before you trim it, or do you leave it over your ears and just trim it like that? many thanks
kawaii_zombie on September 13th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
My mom's a hair stylist, but I hate bothering her, so I grabbed her shears in a fit of slight insanity and was going to hack away at some dry ends, regardless of any help I could get. This saved my butt. SAVED-MY-BUTT. I don't even think I need my mom to touch it up.

You're doing a good thing here, my lady. A very good thing.