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12 February 2006 @ 06:54 pm
Self-trim instructions for long hair - introduction and general tips  
Hi! Below are instructions for the straight-across, the V-shaped and the U-shaped trim for long hair.

I've experimented with trimming my hair for a couple of years, and this is what I've come up with. These instructions have been online for a couple of years, but in 2006 relocated here due to getting deleted from the old server without warning.

A couple of years ago I started to trim on my own after going to a hair dresser who didn't succeed in trimming my hair the way I requested. I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read someone's instructions in a discussion forum about how to trim the hair in a V-shape, and I stuck with those instructions for a while. However, I wanted a different shape of my ends, and soon started to experiment with new trimming techniques. I came up with one for a Straight-across shape, and one for a slight U-shape. Since I know there are many of us out there who want to be in charge of our own hair, I decided to put the instructions up on this page. Enjoy!

Please note that I myself have slightly wavy hair. Any un-evenness caused by the trim might show up easier on completely straight hair. Also, re-doing the steps several times to make sure no hairs have been forgotten ensures a trim that is as exact as possible. A friend or family member might also be good to have at hand to help with the trim. Especially the first times you trim on your own. Also, if you aim for a one inch trim, please start out with 1/4 inch instead. Especially if you're not used to trimming your own hair.

This is a trimming method for those who want hair that is blunt at the ends, whether it's straight-across, U-shaped or V-shaped. My hair is midback length, and I cut my hair dry. Please feel free to modify this method to suit your own hair and preferences. Just remember to have really sharp scissors when trimming your hair, preferably real hair trimming scissors, otherwise they will just damage your ends and cause split ends.

Well, now on to the pics and instructions :) I've made one post for each, just to make it easier to view.

/Feye


NEWS!

March 2009: I finally found the original photos in larger format on an old hard drive, so I am updating the pages with those (The photos got lost when the previous server deleted the page without warning). I hope that you will find them easier to view.

I am also looking into creating video instructions, as I have gotten requests for that. So stay tuned for a few changes during the following couple of months :)
 
 
 
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(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
cutting my own hair
Thank you so very much Feye
Seems like every time I wanted my hair cut a 1/2 to an 1 inch The people at the solon would always cut in layers or more then i asked or the way they thought it would look good... :-P Found Feyes website and have been able to have my boyfriend help with the ponytail and then i would cut it.. have grown my hair from a little passed my shoulders to my waist and i am very happy with the results since i have been doing this.. I also put different oils in my hair for the dry ends..
thanks again
a very happy person
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Idetrorce
very interesting, but I don't agree with you
Idetrorce
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
V CUT HAIR...
does it matter if u cut the hair in a angle instead of.. cuttn straight across.
feferring to the (((v-CUT HAIR)))DOES IT MATTER THE LENGTH.. LIKE WERE TALKN ABOUT 18INCHES.. N I WANTED TO DO THE VCUT WITHMY WEAVE
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
V CUT HAIR...
does it matter if u cut the hair in a angle instead of.. cuttn straight across. feferring to the (((v-CUT HAIR)))DOES IT MATTER THE LENGTH.. LIKE WERE TALKN ABOUT 18INCHES.. N I WANTED TO DO THE VCUT WITHMY WEAVE YOU CAN RESPOND TO ACALINDA@AOL.COM
Mary M.mushroom_maiden on September 5th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
What about a trim that doesn't have a line at all? I hate having my hair trimmed coz I hate the straight along the bottom look - whether it's straight straight, or U, or V. I like my hair all uneven. Would you do a tutorial on that? Feathering, is that the word for it?
Dramatis Personaedramatis on November 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
This is the top google result for "trim my own hair." Nice job, and awesome instructions... can't wait to try it. A recent move to a hyper-dry climate has absolutely shattered my ends, and they're in dire need a trim. :( Thanks.
(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Thank you, Feye!
Thank you very much for your detailed instructions. I refer to them whenever I trim my own hair and it works perfectly every time!
HAPPINESS NOT REAL UNLESS SHAREDrejuvenile on October 10th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you Feye for all the detailed information you've put on your LJ regarding hair cutting! I've referred a few friends to this site and they are appreciative of your very helpful instructions!
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Self-Trim instructions
Just wanted to say thank you for the instructions. I tried the straight across cut and it looks pretty good. I did as you said and only took off 1/4 of an inch as I have experimented before w/o success and just kept going shorter to get hair even. I hope with practice, I will get really confident in trimming my own hair as I hate going to a hairdresser as they have always taken off much more than I wanted.
(Anonymous) on June 24th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Great post
Hello,
great post!
(Anonymous) on March 24th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Hello..Just came across your tutorial on self trimming one hair. I was thinking to buy the Creaclip...it's bit expensive $39.99 plus s&h. Once I saw ur vid this seems to be d answer on trimming long hair. My hair is cut in d bob angle cut just touching my shoulders, can u do a tutorial on self cutting an angle bob cut? Using a short hair wig maybe?
Thank you
Ceceriter@yahoo.com
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