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12 February 2006 @ 05:04 pm
I think it would be neat to gather all the hair trimming advice in one place. Feel welcome to comment if you have any thoughts or ideas about hair trimming. Perhaps you trim your own hair? I'd love to hear about it. If you don't go to a hairdresser, then how do you go about it? Make a comment and share your hair trimming tips and tricks. I know there's a lot of knowledge out there, and I'd personally be thrilled to learn new things. Every hair length requires a slightly different technique, so hair trimming ideas for both longer and shorter lengths are also welcome.

Jen Gagne: jen baldjengagne on February 21st, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
I go with your U-shaped approach. For trimming the front, I use the same method as the back, only I put the scrunchie against my neck in the front! Then I pull it down my chest evenly and trim as I did in the back.

It works out well, and then the sides are even with each other.

I part in the middle when I do it... maybe it wouldn't be so good for side-parters, not sure.
hmelegant_emily on March 23rd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
I tried this too. Thanks for the idea. It worked nicely!
hmelegant_emily on March 23rd, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
PS i have to know what your typewriter icon is spelling out.
Jen Gagne: illiteratejengagne on March 23rd, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Glad it helped. And I have NO idea what it's typing... sorry! ;_;
(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks Feye!
For getting this available to us! :) I've used your method to get perfect U's and blunt cuts. Thanks! Recently, I've been thinking of going layers. I've read from Lapushka's signature that she trims her hair in layers using compact layering method.

She has another layering technique in her profile signature. check out

She says, it came from the following book. This link also gives one more layering technique.
(Anonymous) on March 21st, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Dear Faye,

I have a combination of curly hair on the top and wavy, almost straight hair near my neck. I tried your method and for the first time in years, I did not ruin my hair by unwise cuts.

Thank you for sharing your methods!
hmelegant_emily on March 22nd, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I saw your other post with comments disabled, and I just have to say that I'm really interested in learning how to layer my hair, so I'd love a tutorial on that. Thanks!
Doc Tazi_love_tazzus on March 23rd, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)

Thanks for putting your tips on LJ. I'm about to try one of your trims soon. :)
(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
hair trim!
Hi Feye,

I'm new to the Long Hair Community. This is the first contact I've made. I accidentally ran upon your page while searching the internet for instructions on cutting my own hair. I stumbled upon your instructions and just tried my first trim!! I'm very impressed. I thought I was doomed to a life of going to salons and being told I need all my hair wacked off! It's always been very intimidating to me. I tried your U shape meathod and am very pleased. Do you by chance have any suggestions on trimming the gross ends off of layers someone is trying to grow out? I'm giving away my age hear but what about the old twist and cut the hairs that pop out technique from the 70's? Sheesh...how about burning the slit ends off....yikes! Anyhow, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks again for the great hair trimming instructions!!!
hmelegant_emily on April 15th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: hair trim!
don't burn your hair!!! The twist and cut the hairs that pop out technique is okay... but only cut off the ones that are split, and use good hair scissors.
Ravensinful_grrrl on November 17th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
For cutting bangs
Take the hair you want to cut into bangs, hold it between the fore and middle fingers using the tip of your nose as reference and cut it straight across. It's better to do this with dry hair. This leads to hair that's straight in the front, but slightly longer to the sides of the bangs, so it blends in nicely. I've used this tons of times, and it's always come out perfectly.
(Anonymous) on November 28th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Any advice on hair scissors?
I think I'm ready to try this, but I don't have any hair cutting scissors. I looked on ebay, but seeing prices ranging from £3-£100 was a little intimidating! I imagine the higher end are for scissors that would be used all day long by a pro, but what should I look for in a pair that will be used once a month at most?

Thanks for the tutorial... it will save me a lot of money, even after buying the scissors! :)

(Anonymous) on January 7th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
cutting layers
I read in a book somewhere that you can cut layers into your own hair, by hanging your head upside down and pulling your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. If you slide the scrunchie all the way to the shortest layer before you cut, you will not cut off any length. This really works. I do have wavy hair so, I don't know how this affects straight hair.
princesson_a_rainbow on May 11th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: cutting layers
I second this =]

I have long wavy/curly hair and I do this every once in awhile to thin out my hair...and I'll also cut some length every once in awhile. Works great!
As long as I have internet access, I won't panicaglia on January 26th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
I've been cutting my own hair for about thirteen years. I bought scissors for $12 Canadian at a department store (The Bay). That was several years ago so they might cost more now. Try the section of the department store that has the nail files and trimmers. I probably should replace them; they've been showing signs of dullness. I don't know how often they need to be replaced.

To do layers, I use a technique that I got from a book (sorry, I don't remember which one). I take a small *vertical* section and hold it straight up above my head. Then I cut straight across. Because the lower areas have further to fall, they'll be longer, and because the upper area has less far to fall, it'll be shorter. It takes a long time to do, and I don't do it at the back.

I usually keep my hair at about chin-length. To do the back parts, after I've done the front I face the mirror and tilt my head to one side. Because of the tilt of my head, the back hair falls on an almost-straight line, which I can see over my shoulder in the mirror. I then cut carefully along the straight line, keeping my head tilted, and when I put my head back up the back hair should fall into place. I discovered this technique myself, and it works for a chin-length cut.
sara_super_id: magesara_super_id on February 1st, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I used to give myself my own layered haircut, and trimmed it. I did this for several years.

First you lean your head forward as far as you can, and comb it out until there are no tangles. Then you make a ponytail at the center of your forehead. Then while still leaning over, cut straight across the bottom of your pony tail. The first time you do this you will need to experiment with how much to cut to get the look you want.

After the first time, you can clean it up with 1/4 inch trims in the same manner. I loved my cut. Now that my hair is longer I want a straight across cut, so I will be using your other methods.
(Anonymous) on March 15th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Shoulder Length Hair
I bought my scissors at Ulta for $9 but they are super sharp scissors that trimmed my hair extremely well. I found your method from LHCF and I'm so glad that I did.

I have texturized 4a/b hair that I straighten with a little heat. I am also growing out of my layers. I used your method for the top of my hair but for the back I had to improvise. I parted down the middle and sectioned off the hair below my earlobes and then cut straight across (both sides).

The back middle is where I have uneven ends, but they are not split, so I decided to let those grow out until my next trim. I only cut 1/4" and I'm so glad that I did it myself instead of paying up to $40 at some salon. They always cut too much at salons and my hair grows too slowly for them to wack off 3 inches and call it a trim.

Thanks for your tutorial and I will let you know how it goes on my next trim. You're right I was tempted to cut off more! But it looks fine just the way it is.
patagucci thongpatagucci_thong on July 2nd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I found, then lost, then refound your hair trimming page, and have to tell you that I love it! Thanks so much for putting this up! I haven't been to a hair salon in a year and I don't intend on going back. :)
patagucci thongpatagucci_thong on July 2nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
And also: regarding hair scissors...

I got a pair of $11 Goody hair scissors (that came with an apron and a couple other little doodads) at Walmart and they are have been working just fine with my hair.
sofia_sarmiento on February 7th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!
Thank you soooo much for the step by step instructions!!!!....I'll try it this weekend....and I'll post again.....
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
How I trim my hair
I have "just past the butt" lenght hair (and now I decided to go for knee length), and here's how I tim my hair: I hang my tennis-racket- size mirror on the wall opposite my full size bathroom mirror. I face the smaller mirror, so I can see the reflection of the back of my head, therefor the length of my hair. I then take a belt, rope, etc, tie it around my butt, just above where I want to trim. Then, all I have to do is follow along the belt line with a pair of scissors!
(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Sunlight hair
Thank you so much for these advice. i will try it. I see you have a wonderful color too, darker with some sunlights. I am looking for a way to have some sunlights, as natural as possible. Do you have an idea?

At the health store, they sell a package to make more natural sunlights by myself, but I wonder as I am alone and I have nobody to ask for.

Thanks in advance.

Best wishes
(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!
this is K_Angel from the LHC and I wanted to thank you very much for your wonderful instructions on how to cut my own hair.

I did it for the first time this last week and am so thrilled with the results I just had to tell you! :cheese:

Anyway, thank you many times over the taking the time to put it all into an easy to understand format! :blossom:
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Im left-handed. Will this make a difference with self-trimming?
(Anonymous) on August 21st, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I have curly hair and always cut it dry. I cut each curl individually so that it's the right shape. I always cut my curls at an angle, never straight across, so that the curl is a good shape and also to stop my hair poufing out. Also, to create layers, I take the top layer of my hair and trim it until it's shorter than the ones below.
(Anonymous) on September 6th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm a hairstylist by trade~a GOOD one! But cutting your own hair is sooo different! I have done my own in the V and am so excited to try the U. Just sharing some love and appreciation! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
(Anonymous) on May 7th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
You are fantastic! I searched everywhere for someone to give me ANY clue as to cut long curly hair. Guess what I got. Runaround. My stylist charged me 120 as a friend discount! I can't afford that or anyone else on salary. Your site gave me the first inclination women like us can do it ourselves, please send me more info. thank you again.
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much for posting this! What a help! Your instructions were very easy to follow and much appreciated. I can't afford the salon anymore, but desire healthy, beautiful hair. This may be the solution I've been searching for! THANK YOU!
(Anonymous) on December 5th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Found this today. Trimmed my granddaughter's hair using your technique....worked awesome!! Thank you :)