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12 February 2006 @ 06:52 pm
The straight-across trim  

This produces ends that are cut straight-across.

Step 1

Start with combing your hair as straight as possible, removing every tangle. Comb the hair back and put it in a low ponytail. Hold your head straight. 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.

Be careful to pull the scrunchie down in a strictly vertical manner. It's so easy to end up with hair a little shorter on one side
and longer on the other, just because the scrunchie was pulled a little to the left or the right. You might want someone to help you with this.

Update: I'm now tilting my head to look at the floor instead of looking straight forward. This produces even better results. If the head and the eyes are facing straight forward, then the shape will end up like a very slight inverted U with the sides a tiny bit longer than the middle. If the head is tilted so that you are looking towards your toes, the middle part will be even in length with the sides.

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. If your hair is too short to reach, you can ask someone else to trim the tip off. You can redo this step a couple of times to make sure that it's even and that you haven't missed any hair strands.

Step 2 (optional)

Part your hair (like when making two braids) and bring the hair forward. Hold your head straight, and trim 1/4 inch off the ends, just to even it up.

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

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

When you're done, your straight-across cut will look something like this:

(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
PurpleBubba says, I've used this and liked it
I have used the straight across instructions many times with success.
Here are pictures from the last time I used it.


During 1

During 2


Note: In the second picture above the band doesn't look like it was pulled down even. This is because I was trying to get a picture of it and took more than one picture. I did Not cut my hair at that time. I redid the tail and reslid the band down before cutting.
(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
self trimming
Thank you so much for this information I have been wondering how to do this myself for ages.

(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for getting this back up! I really missed your site while it was down. I hope to do another small trim in the next few weeks now that I have the actual instructions again.
Lauren: Dark Ladygypsybard on April 11th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
I have a question. When you pull your hair back to do this do you leave it parted down the middle or comb your hair straight back so there is no part?
(Anonymous) on May 17th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: Part?
Parted in the middle just like when u get a regular haircut at a hairstylist I would say.
Re: Part? - beautifuldorian on July 16th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Part? - gypsybard on July 16th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
snapes_mistresssnapes_mistress on July 25th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Merci beaucoup!
I was led to your page by someone in a long hair community... just tried trimming my own hair for the very first time, using your straight-across technique. Worked like a charm! I'm very impressed, I always assumed I'd butcher my hair if I tried doing it myself. Thanks so much for your great instructions! :D
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much! I love this! My hair is 24 inches and my DH had to help but it turned out beautifully! I am really anti-hair salon since the last time I visited and they yanked and broke my hair so badly. I doubt I will ever go again. I am so grateful I found your method!!!
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing your method with everyone...for the little amount I trim off, it's not worth it for me to go the hair salon and pay someone to do it...it comes out a little rounded (like a slight U-shape), but it still looks good...thanks again!
(Anonymous) on January 27th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you Feye!
I've been trimming my own hair for many years, but was feeling a little ashamed that I did. I did this because of my own frustration at Hair Stylists who would shock me by cutting it all off without my permission or hacking my thick wavy hair to pieces. By your starting this LJ community to let others know it can be done and it's okay, you've made me feel a lot better!

I also appreciate your step by step descriptions. One question though, when you mention that you tilt your head forward now to do the straight cut, do you mean "chin up"? Thanks!
wetset4uwetset4u on February 5th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you Feye!
I think she means to comb your hair forward with your chin down and once you have the section in hand....raise your head and snip the section : ) Anything else let me know if I can help.
Re: Thank you Feye! - (Anonymous) on February 14th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Thank you Feye! - (Anonymous) on April 20th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Thank you Feye! - (Anonymous) on August 5th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
thanks xx
Thanks for writing this.
I was told about this page from Yahoo answer. I've just cut my daughters hair and I have to say I have done a really good job of it using this page.
I will be doing mine later! (will got my hubby to help I think)

Thanks again xx
(Anonymous) on September 8th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!!!!
I have been trimming my hair on the top and front for a long time, but now my because my hair is so long, I thought I had to go and have it done. I looked up on google, how to cut my own hair, and I found you! thanks!
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
an additional tip
Pulling the scrunchie down is probable the riskiest bit since you could pull it at an angle (as you've noted) or hair can fall out. I read this variation in a book I have: to put scruchies/covered elastics all the way down the ponytail, every few inches to help keep the hair centered and all together. By time you get to the ends there shouldn't be too much concern about the hairs having having shifted.
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: an additional tip
I wanted to mention that I think adding scruchies all the way down the ponytail would make it so much easier to very short hair, too....maybe you even pull the tail up so you could see it in the mirror, over the back of your head?
Re: an additional tip - (Anonymous) on December 5th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
thanks! - (Anonymous) on December 5th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: thanks! - mac_cosmetics_s on June 26th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on December 26th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you for this advice. Its going to be very useful one day. I'm only twelve and I've never been good with a pair of scissors (you should see my paper cutting skills x.x) So I'm a little hesitant about doing this. Its a very good tutorial, but I think I'll just go to Tova's... she's a friend of my mother and she only hires the ones that actually listen to what you want.

SuperCuts is horrible, I've had more than one friend pretty much get scalped there. They gave a guy I know a horrible haircut, he looked like he was wearing a helmet for a week before he found a buzzer in his dad's drawer.

But thank you so much!
(Anonymous) on September 11th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Supercuts Is Horrible!
They cut off seven inches of my hair that I took a year to grow and then the stylist pretended to not speak English when I complained!

My hair is still only a little bit past my shoulders right now (still growing it out), but was all uneven from the hack job. I tried Feye's Straight method, but I ended up with a U shape in back! Can anyone help me figure out what I did wrong. Thanks!
Re: Supercuts Is Horrible! - (Anonymous) on September 11th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Supercuts Is Horrible! - (Anonymous) on August 11th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Supercuts Is Horrible! - (Anonymous) on November 13th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Morrocco Method Blunt Snip Cut instructions
Using the Morrocco Method, Anthony describes the Blunt Snip Cut. The end sides of the hair are left longer than the middle ends. It looks like a "subtle inverted smile" ... I guess like a soft, reversed U cut.

I was wondering if there are instructions or suggestions on how to achieve that.

A description of the Blunt Snip Cut can be found here:

Kunikuni_bob on April 7th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for posting this! I took 1/4" off and can't believe how much better my hair feels -- I'm so glad I tried this instead of getting a bunch hacked off at a salon. Thank you!!
yet another duct tape ninjavxo on June 9th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've been using your method for a couple years now, and it's worked great. I was always afraid to have a barber or salon do it, since I know some would tend to cut off too much.

I'm a guy with hair almost down to my waist. It's pretty neat.

I've got the typical Cherokee hair... it's kinda thin and wavy but ridiculously strong, with a high hairline that almost looks like it's receding but isn't. It works great even with my sort of hair.
(Anonymous) on August 11th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
just tried ur advice...
I just wanted to thank u...prior to searching for a website like yours i waws feeling anxiety about letting anybody touch my long hair.
When I asked a friend she showed me what she thought she needed to cut....she scared me. I followed your easy instructions and it came out perfect! thank u thank u thank u...straight across looks lovely on me....melody, florida.
wwannabealtruist on September 20th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Just done this and it turned out perfectly even although my hair is fine and straight. Saves loads of money, and anxiety about hairdressers being too scissor-happy! :)
full of sparks.fullofsparks on January 9th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I've been using your method for the past year and I just wanted to say thank you. It works perfectly every time - you save me about £100 every year!
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
self cutting hair
I wish there was a video teaching how to self cut own hair.
(Anonymous) on February 13th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: self cutting hair
There are several, have a poke around youtube. :)
(Anonymous) on March 31st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank You!
My hair was about 4 to 6" shorter than yours in the picture. However, I'm still recovering from the last stylist I went to in July 2009, who did everything I asked her not to, including layering my hair, cutting off 6" instead of 1", etc. (it gets worse) Anyway, I knew it would be trickier, given my shorter length. By using both of your methods 1 and 2, I was successful in getting a very straight across look, since I ended up with the inverted-u after number 1 above. I did look at the floor when pulling down the scrunchy. My hair is very fine and fly-away, so I did this with damp hair. Since the bottom length is very thin, because of the layers put in them, I was not too worried about cutting off too much. I started with about 1.25 inches, and ended up cutting off another .5" or more to correct the sides. I've been cutting my bangs and hair for a long time, so I was comfortable with your method. This is the first time I've been successful in getting the straight across effect! My hair looks thicker, bouncier and healthier now! THANK YOU!
lhcutter on July 27th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
one extra solution
I used only the first step and then the rest cutting by the help of mirrors. The result was shorter hairs from the neck and longer in front. In Finland we call this style polka, which is usually straight-across, but I like it to be shorter in back. Not very easy to do alone, but I have done this quite often.

In Finnish we do not have any hair cutting instructions, but this is good with the pictures.
(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Works Like a Charm
I'm growing out my layers and decided that it's not worth to pay my hairdresser $80 just to trim my hair. I tried this method a few times already and it works beautifully. I can now give myself frequent tiny trims and keep growing my hair out. Thank you so much!
deanroberts77 on September 17th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: Works Like a Charm
Exactly what i do :) i used to go for small little trims to my hairdresser in town in fear of messing up my hair if i tried to cut it myself but as I’ve calculated up my finances with all of the trims here and there every month, the figure i ended up with shocked me realising how much money i could save for clothes and other things :) your guide has definitely inspired me to trim my own locks. Thank you ! East London Locksmith
(Anonymous) on November 29th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
A Great Money Saving Idea - Thanks!
Thanks so much! I kept my hair at tailbone length for many years but the past few months I started to find the daily up-keep challenging and was sick of wearing it up. Earlier in the month I went to a hair salon and had a good 8 inches cut off (in stages!) to leave it at BSL with shorter layers in front. The stylist charges $50 for trims! I am really enjoying having my hair at a shorter more manageable length - it looks so much healthier, feels lighter and I can do much more with it now - but I was worried about how I could afford to keep it in shape. Then I found your site! Using the straight across method, I took a further inch off the length on Thursday and am delighted with the results. I had to make two ponytails (parted like braids) as my hair is so thick but my hair looks great with a straight hemline now. I'm going to keep up trimming my hair with your method every six weeks from now on so it doesn't grow too long again.
(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
been using this method for nearly 6 years and it always works perfect. I have just trimmed over 1/2" and I am just off waist length, by doing my own trims not only do i save money but my ends always look nice.

another tip is (i dont do the pony tail one) is when you have snipped both sides, look straight ahead and place the left hand side bit into the right side, and comb straight so you have a pony tail which rests just under the chin, this way you can check for evenness and snip any hairs that are not. gives a perfect hemline!
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Thank You!
I have no time to spare for the salon with my husband out-of-town for extended periods and a new born hanging out with me. I had to get a hair cut tho and quick cos I had super-long hippie hair and my daughter was getting all covered in it whenever I'd throw her over my shoulder for a burp. My sister showed me this site. I did the straight across method a few times in a row (for evenness) and I tell you I feel a million times better, lighter - AWESOME THANK YOU! By the way...before I started I put some xtra virgin olive oil in my hair. It kept the straggler strands at bay, and helped just keep it over all smooth and even and easier to handle. God bless you!