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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.
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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!