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12 February 2006 @ 06:47 pm
The V-shaped trim  

This was the method I learned when I first started to trim my hair. It seems to work especially good on wavy or curly hair.

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. Hold your head up as straight as possible while doing this (i.e. look straight forward and avoid tilting it to the side).

Note: Holding your head so that you look straight ahead of you while trimming will give you a 'medium' V-shape. For a slighter V, tilt your head back instead to look towards the roof. For a deeper V, look to the floor. You might want to experiment with this to find the perfect shape for you.

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 looking in your preferred direction as described above (straight ahead, to the roof, or to the floor). While still looking in that direction, 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 at your hair again. Make sure to have a firm hold so that you don't let the hairs slide between your fingers when you look down at it. Then bring the ends up for a better view and carefully trim off as much as desired.

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 side.

When you're done you should have hair that is V-shaped when brushed back.

Step 3 (For perfectionists, not necessary to do)

Finally you can bring all hair to one side (i.e. not parted in the middle) and then comb it and trim it following the steps above. 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. Then comb all hair to the other side too and do the same. Comb a couple of times from side to side if you're uncertain that it's really even.

Note: If this sounds confusing, please skip this step. Clearer pics will be added later.

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

A slight V-shape on longer hair will look something like this:

Mermedvssa on February 21st, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
I used this system several times, and it works perfectly. I have curly hair, so it works better for me to cut when my hair is damp (not wet).

thank you!
the fee fairythe_fee_fairy on March 12th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the instructions.
My hair thanks you too...it wanted a trip to the hairdressers, but i don't trust them, so now i shall have a go at doing it myself.
(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Feye!
I did my first cut last week and love it! I can't thank you enough for putting this up. I did a slight V but next time it'll be a deeper V.


(Anonymous) on October 16th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
I used this on a long straight weave (sisters will know what i mean!), it works real well, just remember your weave wont grow back so dont be too drastic with the cut! Thanks for sharing!
cryssiewillow on February 4th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch! :)
I trimmed my hair in a regular V shaped cut and it looks great.
(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
big smile!
I originally read your instructions for trimming your own hair about a year or so ago, and I've been looking for them for about a month, once I found they had been removed from the old site you used to use. - I'm so glad to find them again, so this time I've saved the whole thing onto my hard drive so I can't lose them again! Thank you for putting them back on the web.
(Anonymous) on June 10th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Side bangs
Can you also show how to cut your own sidebangs?
thankz for the V shape trim, it really helps
(Anonymous) on March 26th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
can you help with side bangs on how to trim
Life is short - live it for the ones who can't.worstangel on August 2nd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
this is fabulous, thank you!
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Wow. This was awesome, my hair looks great. I don't think I'll ever go to a salon for a trim again. Thanks so much for posting this!

(Anonymous) on January 25th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this, i will experiment on my wig first before doing this on my actual hair. I want to be able to do my own trims perfectly.
Thanks again
(Anonymous) on June 1st, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Thank you soo much!
I just came home from a hairstylist desaster and googled your journal. You have saved my hair! I have luckily escaped from the shoulderlength bob to a convenient elbow length v-shape.

Many thanks!!!!! Cheers
(Anonymous) on August 22nd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully simple
How! Finally someone with real, practical (photos!) instructions. Thanks!!
dullndistantdullndistant on January 15th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm a little confused, it looks a lot like the straight cut, how do u cut the v-shape again?
(Anonymous) on March 24th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, I can't wait to try this. I love the look of the v-shape.
(Anonymous) on October 25th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
hey i went to beauty school years ago and this method is the best one yet. iv'e been searching all over the internet for the eaisiest instructions on this paticular cut because im supposed to cut my sisters hair tonight. thanks a bunch.

san carlos,ca
(Anonymous) on December 10th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I did this!
My hair was AWFUL on the ends and I had enough, so I looked in the mirror and did some thinking and I came up with the idea to part it in the middle and bend over, to make a V shape....then I came across this that showed exactly what I had done earlier for the first time ever, made me feel great! I bookmarked this page for next time, to try a different trim. Thanks so much!
(Anonymous) on April 14th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you
Just trimmed my long hair this way and it looks great now! I had my boyfriend check it and he said it's looks really good. Thank you so much!
ratpunzelratpunzel on July 28th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I did this trim about a month ago and I still love it!!

I started with a slight V then decided I wanted it more pronounced.
(Anonymous) on September 14th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
I just found this instruction on the internet.

I've got looooooong hair and didn't understand why I should spend much money at a hairstylist, who just cuts the hair a little shorter.

I just tried the instructions for the first time and it is so easy and works wonderful!

Thank you very much!
(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm so thankful people like you post information that will help the rest of us out! Because of your technique, I've been able to trim my own hair for the past couple months, without wasting time and money. Thank you!!
(Anonymous) on March 10th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for adding this! I have never had the courage to cut my hair on my own, but this time I did and it worked just well with your instructions!! :)
(Anonymous) on April 22nd, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
It really works
This is of great help thank you so very much. My first cut using your method took about 5 minutes. I have thick wavy hair and i went for the distinctive V, dry cut which worked surprisingly well. Will just keep doing that once a month or so now! What a grand solution for something which has been a bother for a long time with such long hair to look after!

(Anonymous) on June 27th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I love this
Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together... I have wasted my time and money on stylists who couldn't "trim" my hair. I would always end up with a haircut... Thanks a lot ...
(Anonymous) on July 13th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the simple instructions.... I don't trust hair dresses.

Thanks a ton <3
(Anonymous) on August 22nd, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
That was basically the easiest thing I've ever done - thank you for posting! My hair looks so much better and it took about five minutes :)
divineoubliettedivineoubliette on November 10th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
For a V shaped hair cut on my hair -

I spray down my hair, then while bending over forward I comb all of my hair forward so it's hanging in my face then trim it straight across. This method gets my a V cut every time with perfect layers.

But I am wanting to try your method, to see how it compares.
(Anonymous) on March 19th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I've been trying to grow my hair out and every time I went to my hairstylist, I felt unsatisfied about how she would trim my hair. I was so nervous trying this, but I did it! The hardest part was keeping my head straight and still, lol. So glad i found this. Thanks again.
(Anonymous) on March 22nd, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
i have very thik hair and it doenst worked... i had to go to a hairstylist..
lovelylyttonlovelylytton on May 9th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
I've always hated going to the hair salon and decided to take matters into my own hand today. Your instructions are really, really good. My hair is very straight, but I think I managed to give it a good and balanced V-shape now. Thank you so much!
Linda FoleyLinda Foley on September 12th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
I have always cut my hair while bending over and then I comb all of my hair forward so it's hanging in my face, then I trim it straight across. However, as the hair grows, the ends get straggly and thin. So, I got frustrated with it and cut it all off! Now my hair is barely shoulder length. I am letting it grow again now. I intend to continue cutting it as above, but will use your method to clean up and straighten the ends. Thank you! I am so glad I found your instructions!
qkertyii: pic#122458528qkertyii on January 3rd, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
То ли в википедии, то ли еще где я уже читал такую же тематику хотя пофиг