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lapushka
June 28th, 2016, 04:27 AM
This is a thread to go along with the microtrimming thread, in the sense that there are people who will maintain for a bigger chunk of time, then trim back a bigger amount. Which isn't exactly "micro"trimming.

I myself belong here, because I have now reached my goal (classic), reached it in September 2015, and have been having trims / chops every 4 months or thereabouts, in order to maintain my goal. This is easier to manage this way, in the sense that my mom has more grip on the hair that needs to go and can make that cut better.

Who else has these bigger trims aka chops every 4/6 months in order to perhaps maintain?
Come join us!


BTW, if you feel great about your shorter length and want to *maintain* it of sorts, join Arctic's shorter lengths thread:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=140883

school of fish
June 28th, 2016, 06:31 AM
Oh what a great idea for a thread! I may switch over here from the microtrimming thread once my layers reach my hemline - I'll have to see once I get there :)

That point you raised about getting a better grip on a larger chop section is one I hadn't thought of before, but I have indeed noticed that as my hem has thickened over time it's been getting more challenging to microtrim an even line. Back when the ends were wispy that wasn't an issue at all. I guess I'll call that progress, haha!

lapushka
June 28th, 2016, 06:38 AM
Oh what a great idea for a thread! I may switch over here from the microtrimming thread once my layers reach my hemline - I'll have to see once I get there :)

That point you raised about getting a better grip on a larger chop section is one I hadn't thought of before, but I have indeed noticed that as my hem has thickened over time it's been getting more challenging to microtrim an even line. Back when the ends were wispy that wasn't an issue at all. I guess I'll call that progress, haha!

Thank you!

Yes, it somehow is easier to cut more evenly when there's a bigger chunk there. IDK why, but I suppose it gets so finicky when you only cut half a cm. That I can definitely not do.

turtlelover
June 28th, 2016, 07:20 AM
I am still going to be growing for a long time and not maintaining, so I don't really belong here, but I understand! I find it soooo much harder to microtrim a tiny amount than to wait longer and cut off say a half inch.

Elfa
June 28th, 2016, 08:45 AM
Yaaay, finally a place where I belong! ~pulling a chair and sitting~
Think I will make a collage of my last chops to see where did they take me and post here

LongCurlyTress
June 28th, 2016, 11:32 AM
Nice thread topic and probably more accurate for me than microtrimming. I usually trim 1 1/2 inches every 3 months or so due to velcrowy/tangling ends and continuing to grow out/trim off my layers. Usually, my hair grows back and three months later, another 1.5 inches gets trimmed away. Currently maintaining at 35-36 inches which is just brushing (literally! LOL) TBL.... When my hair length gets longer than this, I am noticing alot more tangling (3b/iii) and more shedding during detangling which is no fun... anyways, I think this might be a great thread for growing support for me. ;) Thanks for starting it lapushka! :joy::beerchug:

Jadestorm
June 28th, 2016, 11:34 AM
I'm one of those people. :) My hair was pretty much the length I wanted it to be (classic, though I had no specific goal length) before I ever looked up things about hair care (as the internet didn't exist yet). Now I cut it every few months or so and I'm keeping it around the same length. But I've had periods where I just let it grow much longer (I don't rule out perhaps doing this again in the future) and then did a very big chop.

lapushka
June 28th, 2016, 11:38 AM
No problem you guys. I wanted at one point to start it before but kuroi over in the microtrimming thread reminded me of the fact that it might be time. :)

The farthest I went beyond classic so far is 2 inches (4 months). I can't let it grow much more than that, it seems, because it does become uncomfortable for me.

Magalo
June 28th, 2016, 12:55 PM
I'm the same! I'll start maintening at TBL in about 3 months, but I dislike microtrimming (1/2 and under). I'll just chop 1.5 inches every two months for a year or so and I'll be good to go. :p And it's much more satisfying imo!

sumidha
June 28th, 2016, 01:17 PM
Hey, this is me! :)

I've started maintaining at classic to thicken up my hemline, and it will be nice to have a place to document that. I agree with Magalo, it is much more satisfying for me to see a visible difference after a trim. Plus, with wavy hair it's kind of a process to get it all straight enough to get an even trim, and I just don't have the motivation to go through that every month.

lapushka
June 28th, 2016, 01:21 PM
I've started maintaining at classic to thicken up my hemline, and it will be nice to have a place to document that. I agree with Magalo, it is much more satisfying for me to see a visible difference after a trim. Plus, with wavy hair it's kind of a process to get it all straight enough to get an even trim, and I just don't have the motivation to go through that every month.

That's another reason why I don't do it monthly! Every 4 months trying to get it all even and nice for a trim will do for me!

sumidha
June 28th, 2016, 01:40 PM
Not to derail the thread, but how do you do it? When my hair was shorter I could do it with a ton of conditioner, but now my hair doesn't like being detangled when wet at all, and I had to switch to oil. Now I soak my hair in oil, brush it as straight as I can and then do Feye's method, although I have so much taper I can only pull the elastic down halfway before it gets too loose to do anything...

kinnyuu
June 28th, 2016, 02:28 PM
Me :) I just went yesterday for an inch trim - and let me say, that was a luxurious experience. I go back in 10 weeks for another chop. I am trying to get all layers out.

lapushka
June 28th, 2016, 02:51 PM
Not to derail the thread, but how do you do it? When my hair was shorter I could do it with a ton of conditioner, but now my hair doesn't like being detangled when wet at all, and I had to switch to oil. Now I soak my hair in oil, brush it as straight as I can and then do Feye's method, although I have so much taper I can only pull the elastic down halfway before it gets too loose to do anything...

I wait until the end of the week, right before a wash. By that time my waves have sagged so much that there is barely definition there. And I brush, and brush, get all the sheds out (so they don't get in the way of the short trimmed hair - cleanup is so much easier then), brush some more. They it gets ponytailed in front and by then it is ready to be cut. I've found that on dry hair you get the most grip to cut it.

diddiedaisy
June 28th, 2016, 03:07 PM
This thread fits me perfectly. I find it difficult to just stick to micro-trimming, so I am probably classed as cheating in that thread lol I do try to stick to micro-trimming but darn those scissors feel so good when they're snip snip snipping away :scissors::scissors::scissors:

LongCurlyTress
June 28th, 2016, 04:23 PM
Not to derail the thread, but how do you do it? When my hair was shorter I could do it with a ton of conditioner, but now my hair doesn't like being detangled when wet at all, and I had to switch to oil. Now I soak my hair in oil, brush it as straight as I can and then do Feye's method, although I have so much taper I can only pull the elastic down halfway before it gets too loose to do anything...

Your hair is longer than mine (@36inches 3b/iii) but I find detangling still works with gobs and gobs of thick conditioner in small sections, maybe 3-4 on each side when I am in the shower. I keep adding conditioner as necessary, and then detangle using a vented brush...the comb just cant get through the tangles anymore but the brush seems to glide through them, starting at the ends and slowly working my way up each small section to the scalp hairs. Then I brush through each side to make sure all the tangles are out before rinsing out the conditioner. I hope this keeps working in 9 more inches...;)
My hair is very curly too, 3b.... And I also have alot of tapering at the hemline... hoping this is just from the last of my layers that are still growing out, but... it could be from shedding during detangling...;(

Frankenstein
June 29th, 2016, 12:21 AM
I do this also. Half an inch to an inch trim every 3 months, no microtrims. I plan on staying at my current length.

Upside Down
June 29th, 2016, 08:38 AM
That would be me as well :)

I am at waist and plan to stay here indefinetly. It is my optimal lenght, in terms of being able to wear it down with quite a lot of comfort and being able to do many updos.

Another thing is that I want to thicken up my last few inches because I have lost a lot of hair in posptartum.

So I chop every few months. No schedule really, but when I notice it is getting longer I chop.

TheLuckyLurker
June 29th, 2016, 10:07 PM
Since I chopped from waist to apl I've been trimming a half inch off every month. This is a lot easier than s&d; if I grow it back out I'll do the same and just wait two months between trims.

Zindell
June 30th, 2016, 04:12 AM
Who else has these bigger trims aka chops every 4/6 months in order to perhaps maintain?
Come join us!

I do! As some of you already seen in another thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=137977&p=3254959&viewfull=1#post3254959) I recently cut my hair back quite a bit from BSL'ish to get my hair all one-length. I will trim my hair only when it's absolutely needed henceforth. In the beginning I will trim a little less (around 3 cm), since I want to gain length, but once I'm around midback or waist length (whenever I feel satisfied), I'll have to trim more to maintain the length.

Pic below, newly brushed and trimmed. Avatar to the left, more of the everyday look. (Some waves makes it clump together).
(Bad light in both pics, sowwy ...)

It will be fun to follow this thread. :o


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/Zizywa/6.%20Fixad_zps4qeq9jzc.png

lapushka
June 30th, 2016, 05:54 AM
Nice even cut, Zindell. You did that yourself, right? I remember you saying so in another thread. You did great.

I don't want this thread to come across as if we're chop-happy. That's not my point of making it. It's just... some of us need to maintain a length and microtrims just don't work for us as well. Just wanted to make that clear. :flower:

school of fish
June 30th, 2016, 06:45 AM
Oh I don't think this comes off as a chop-happy thread, just as a different way to maintain a length than microtrimming :) Taking off a little more but less frequently, as opposed to taking off a little less more often - same general result, different approach :)

Actually I probably currently have a foot in both camps - I trim monthly, dusting for 2 months and then taking about an inch on the third month. Have to say, I really enjoy those months when the inch comes off, because each time I get that visible hemline improvement! But I still need the dustings in between to keep my ends behaving nicely. So... I don't know, maybe I should keep active in both?

As with virtually ever aspect of my life, I don't seem to fully fit in any one place, haha!! Definitely a running theme... ;)

kaydana
June 30th, 2016, 07:39 AM
This is me. I'm maintaining at TBL, but microtrimming is hard work. Much easier to leave it alone for a few months, then trim an inch or two when I notice the ends getting scraggly.

Mainesongbird
July 10th, 2016, 06:17 PM
I'm in this category, usually 3 times a year I trim about 3 inches. I've got a pretty fast grow rate. I usually always am between waist and hip, but lately I've been liking MBL so last time I chopped/trimmed 4 inches and I am itching to trim 2 inches now to get me back to MBL that I had cut to at the end of April.

Sofialu
July 10th, 2016, 06:50 PM
This is a thread to go along with the microtrimming thread, in the sense that there are people who will maintain for a bigger chunk of time, then trim back a bigger amount. Which isn't exactly "micro"trimming.

I myself belong here, because I have now reached my goal (classic), reached it in September 2015, and have been having trims / chops every 4 months or thereabouts, in order to maintain my goal. This is easier to manage this way, in the sense that my mom has more grip on the hair that needs to go and can make that cut better.

Who else has these bigger trims aka chops every 4/6 months in order to perhaps maintain?
Come join us!

Oh I do this but mine isn't yet at my goal length. I have several inches taken off every 6 months (ish) because of wanting rid of old dye. I've already had my first chop (my avatar photo was taken the day I had it cut last, shows my blunt ends) this year and have now to wait until November/December for my next one which will rid me of the remaining 2-3 inches of dye. Then I'll be aiming to get to hip length with micro trims along the way!

Groovy Granny
July 10th, 2016, 08:54 PM
It seems this thread is for me at this point, so I'll be joining you.
My last chop was in June,and I will be doing quarterly/seasonal chops to maintain from here on out:)

ETA 7/19 I chopped a few inches today back to Waist and have decided to stay there.
Hip was getting annoying (heavy and in the way) and I kept thinking about snipping.
Next 'chop' will be in December to maintain @ WL; full moon dustings will be for racers only.
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=12454

Unzadi
July 11th, 2016, 05:20 AM
In February, I chopped from BSL to shoulder, to get rid of damage and a super funky (W shaped) hemline. No trims since then, but planning on going in for the first one in the next month or so. I am now almost at my first goal of APL, and am considering maintaining for a bit. It's fun playing with the different lengths along the way.

Zindell
July 16th, 2016, 01:31 AM
Nice even cut, Zindell. You did that yourself, right? I remember you saying so in another thread. You did great.

Thank you. :o

lapushka
July 16th, 2016, 04:24 AM
I'm in my "growth stage" again. My last snip was in June, so normally I should be getting a trim back to classic October or thereabouts, could be November even - we'll see how long I can stretch it this time. It's so much easier for my mom to get a grip on a larger chunk to cut off, but the length all the same has to remain "doable" for me. It's nice, though, having to trim only 2/3 times a year.

I find it such a hassle, the extra combing/brushing, you have to get all that mass into a ponytail... It's a chore. I'm glad I'm not microtrimming.

Sparklylady82
July 16th, 2016, 09:51 AM
I've decided to go with this method rather than microtrim... I always cut too much that way. Also, I'm barely Apl when straightened so it's like to gain all the length I can right now. Last trim was mid May so I'll trim again in mid November. Right before the holidays! How much do you trim each time if you want to gain length. I was thinking only an inch

lapushka
July 16th, 2016, 10:02 AM
I've decided to go with this method rather than microtrim... I always cut too much that way. Also, I'm barely Apl when straightened so it's like to gain all the length I can right now. Last trim was mid May so I'll trim again in mid November. Right before the holidays! How much do you trim each time if you want to gain length. I was thinking only an inch

May to June to July to August to September to October to November, that's 6 months, so it "should" have grown 3 inches. About an inch, yes.

I just snip all my growth off as I'm maintaining, and 2 inches is a good amount to cut off.

Sparklylady82
July 16th, 2016, 10:28 AM
May to June to July to August to September to October to November, that's 6 months, so it "should" have grown 3 inches. About an inch, yes.

I just snip all my growth off as I'm maintaining, and 2 inches is a good amount to cut off.

OK thank you!

*Stella*
July 16th, 2016, 07:27 PM
I belong here too. I am basically too lazy to micro trim, so just cut a couple of inches off whenever it starts to look scraggly. I was maintaining at waist, which probably looks the best, but laziness has got me to hip and I am quite liking it, so will maintain at hip for now.
I should point out that I have incredibly high-maintenance hair, it is fully bleached and currently dyed in a pastel gradient. So I am not a total slob, but there is only so much time I want to devote to my hair lol

Nadine <3
July 16th, 2016, 08:43 PM
This will be me in a couple months when I reach waist and start maintaining :) I suspect I will be there in September and then I'm staying at waist for potentially a long time.

lapushka
July 17th, 2016, 05:23 AM
This will be me in a couple months when I reach waist and start maintaining :) I suspect I will be there in September and then I'm staying at waist for potentially a long time.

Maintaining can be fun! You can thicken up your ends (not that you need it, don't get me wrong here!), play with the hemline, all sorts of fun times. ;)

I'm a constant yo-yo between classic and 2/3 inches longer (not quite fingertip). :lol:

Elfa
July 17th, 2016, 06:49 AM
I belong here too. I am basically too lazy to micro trim, so just cut a couple of inches off whenever it starts to look scraggly. I was maintaining at waist, which probably looks the best, but laziness has got me to hip and I am quite liking it, so will maintain at hip for now.
I should point out that I have incredibly high-maintenance hair, it is fully bleached and currently dyed in a pastel gradient. So I am not a total slob, but there is only so much time I want to devote to my hair lol

Your hair is so beautiful!! It gives me itches of going back to dyes hahaha

diddiedaisy
July 17th, 2016, 11:23 AM
I've decided to go with this method rather than microtrim... I always cut too much that way. Also, I'm barely Apl when straightened so it's like to gain all the length I can right now. Last trim was mid May so I'll trim again in mid November. Right before the holidays! How much do you trim each time if you want to gain length. I was thinking only an inch

I think it depends on the health of your ends and your growth pattern. If you have healthy ends, but get a crooked or thinned hemline then it's just a case of straightening or thickening up your hemline.

Sparklylady82
July 17th, 2016, 11:37 AM
I think it depends on the health of your ends and your growth pattern. If you have healthy ends, but get a crooked or thinned hemline then it's just a case of straightening or thickening up your hemline.

Good advice!

*Stella*
July 17th, 2016, 02:15 PM
Your hair is so beautiful!! It gives me itches of going back to dyes hahaha

Thank you. That is an old pic though, I have stuck with pastel shades for the last couple of years

Nadine <3
July 17th, 2016, 02:28 PM
Maintaining can be fun! You can thicken up your ends (not that you need it, don't get me wrong here!), play with the hemline, all sorts of fun times. ;)

I'm a constant yo-yo between classic and 2/3 inches longer (not quite fingertip). :lol:

I'm really looking forward to it! since I will be taking off all my growth every 3 months or so I can wear my hair down or on a ponytail/play with heatless curls more often since I'm less worried about damaging my ends. I'm definitely looking forward to it!

copperlites
July 22nd, 2016, 05:14 AM
I'm officially in here after a 3 inch trim on Monday. It's set me back on my journey to waist but condition is more important to me than length.
http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r639/mandy_hall1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsofdbeqbd.jpeg (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/mandy_hall1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsofdbeqbd.jpeg.html)n
I'm happy with the outcome of tidier, thicker ends, and more bouncy curls (had to blow dry straight for the cut) . The only downside is losing the Velcro ends has made certain buns not hold as well with thicker ends. I think the whispy ends were a bit of a gripper rod.

lapushka
July 22nd, 2016, 06:17 AM
It looks really neatly done, and it doesn't look like you got that much cut off, so that's a good thing! :D

diddiedaisy
July 22nd, 2016, 10:17 AM
I'm officially in here after a 3 inch trim on Monday. It's set me back on my journey to waist but condition is more important to me than length.
http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r639/mandy_hall1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsofdbeqbd.jpeg (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/mandy_hall1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsofdbeqbd.jpeg.html)n
I'm happy with the outcome of tidier, thicker ends, and more bouncy curls (had to blow dry straight for the cut) . The only downside is losing the Velcro ends has made certain buns not hold as well with thicker ends. I think the whispy ends were a bit of a gripper rod.

That's a nice hemline now, it doesn't look like 3 inches though, funny how thicker ends look longer than thinner ones. :)

sumidha
July 26th, 2016, 08:56 PM
I took off about an inch and a half today, I'm back at 'classic when dry and wavy' which is technically a tiny bit past. I'm about to go camping and thought it would be easier to deal with the hair with non-tangley ends.

I didn't do the usual routine, just combed it as straight as possible while dry and chopped, hopefully it's not too uneven!

lapushka
July 27th, 2016, 07:42 AM
I took off about an inch and a half today, I'm back at 'classic when dry and wavy' which is technically a tiny bit past. I'm about to go camping and thought it would be easier to deal with the hair with non-tangley ends.

I didn't do the usual routine, just combed it as straight as possible while dry and chopped, hopefully it's not too uneven!

I'm sure you did just fine. Classic length again, huh? I'm a bit over too, I think about half an inch now. Far too little to have it trimmed again. I'll just wait for a few months more. :)

lapushka
November 10th, 2016, 06:33 AM
Just to mention that I took 2 inches (5 cm.) off at the end of October, and am back to classic now. Phew. I have been classic since September 2015 now, and I like my "schedule" of cutting this much off every 4 months or so (not exact dates). Just around that time. Next trim end Februari 2017 or at the very start of March 2017.

school of fish
November 10th, 2016, 08:56 AM
Just to mention that I took 2 inches (5 cm.) off at the end of October, and am back to classic now. Phew. I have been classic since September 2015 now, and I like my "schedule" of cutting this much off every 4 months or so (not exact dates). Just around that time. Next trim end Februari 2017 or at the very start of March 2017.

That must feel good! My next mini-chop is scheduled for end of December but I'm itching to do it now... I'll hold out though and wait because I really want to take tge largest amount I can - will feel so much more satisfying to me that way :D

lapushka
November 10th, 2016, 09:42 AM
That must feel good! My next mini-chop is scheduled for end of December but I'm itching to do it now... I'll hold out though and wait because I really want to take tge largest amount I can - will feel so much more satisfying to me that way :D

I let my mom do the snip for me (easier w/ my disability), and it's easier for her as well to cut a bigger piece off, it helps her to be more precise as you have at least something to hold onto while doing the cut, plus I'd rather not go through this monthly. It takes a lot of effort to comb it all out (even though it is at the end of the week each time), and to make that ponytail.

school of fish
November 10th, 2016, 10:02 AM
I let my mom do the snip for me (easier w/ my disability), and it's easier for her as well to cut a bigger piece off, it helps her to be more precise as you have at least something to hold onto while doing the cut, plus I'd rather not go through this monthly. It takes a lot of effort to comb it all out (even though it is at the end of the week each time), and to make that ponytail.

Totally makes sense! You've got a good system going there :D

lithostoic
November 10th, 2016, 10:12 AM
I do both. Microtrim every few months and a yearly chop in December. Due for a microtrim at the end of this month, then I'll decide how much needs to come off in December.

school of fish
November 10th, 2016, 10:23 AM
I do both. Microtrim every few months and a yearly chop in December. Due for a microtrim at the end of this month, then I'll decide how much needs to come off in December.

I do something similar - dust monthly to keep the racers in line with the hem and then chop a larger amount quarterly to maintain my length. I love how it feels particularly after the chops - gives me the illusion of a big change even though I'm really just in maintenance mode ;)

lapushka
November 26th, 2016, 06:30 AM
12 cm off! Yep, I'm not kidding. I went from classic back to a bit past waist, and can just about manage a LWB. I needed it. I really did. I was contemplating even on going shorter, but my mom said NO! To look at what this cut will do first, for my waves. Tomorrow is washday, and we always cut hair right before that, so we'll see what it does tomorrow. :D

school of fish
November 26th, 2016, 07:24 AM
12 cm off! Yep, I'm not kidding. I went from classic back to a bit past waist, and can just about manage a LWB. I needed it. I really did. I was contemplating even on going shorter, but my mom said NO! To look at what this cut will do first, for my waves. Tomorrow is washday, and we always cut hair right before that, so we'll see what it does tomorrow. :D

Oh wow, that's a 'chop/bigger trim' indeed!!! I bet it feels very different, and sounds like you're very satisfied with the change, so congratulations to you :)

I've been very tempted of late to do something similar - not for length but to jump ahead in growing out my layers... I'm just not yet ready to lose the length on myself because I do enjoy it. May I ask what your motivation was if you're willing to share?

Congrats again! A good cut can feel so refreshing and rejuvenating!

lapushka
November 26th, 2016, 09:20 AM
Oh wow, that's a 'chop/bigger trim' indeed!!! I bet it feels very different, and sounds like you're very satisfied with the change, so congratulations to you :)

I've been very tempted of late to do something similar - not for length but to jump ahead in growing out my layers... I'm just not yet ready to lose the length on myself because I do enjoy it. May I ask what your motivation was if you're willing to share?

Congrats again! A good cut can feel so refreshing and rejuvenating!

I have... no idea. I just kept thinking short/APL for a long time after I had my last trim, then my mom talked me out of it (bunning?) and so close to the end of the year festivities, I would need to change up the way I "do" my hair totally. So I'm glad I didn't go shorter and stuck to waist length. I ended up just eyeballing the length that needed to come off, thinking in my mind what length I would still be, and it worked out. Just... you know... it happened. :lol:

And it for sure will grow back! ;)

dancedance
November 26th, 2016, 11:53 AM
I just chopped off about 4 inches. I needed it, I'm working on getting rid of my bleach, and those last several inches were getting pretty straggly. They would not comb out, and they were getting crimps in them up to 2 inches up the shaft. It feels good - my hair looks and feels much better, and I am basically blunt now. No more layers!

lapushka
November 26th, 2016, 01:21 PM
I just chopped off about 4 inches. I needed it, I'm working on getting rid of my bleach, and those last several inches were getting pretty straggly. They would not comb out, and they were getting crimps in them up to 2 inches up the shaft. It feels good - my hair looks and feels much better, and I am basically blunt now. No more layers!

If it feels better, you did the right thing! :thumbsup:

LongCurlyTress
December 15th, 2016, 05:11 PM
Yep! I guess I belong here! A couple of weeks ago I "chopped off" 5 inches... 37 inches (@TBL) back to 32 inches... due to alot of breakage during detangling. It started raining where I live and my curly 3b/f/iii hair was frizzing terribly ... in addition, I tried to use a bit of BounceCurl haircream/gel to smooth out the frizz and it basically stuck my hair together. It has silk protein in it and that nested and tangled my hair worse than ever. ugh... needless to say, alot of hairs broke off during detangling so I chopped back to hip length. I miss my length so much! Oh, I also cut in face framing layers to chin length.. ugh.. big mistake! At least it will all still go into a nape ponytail or a bun... but a braid looks all wacked out now since it is thick at the top but then due to the face framing layers, it tapers down really strangely with the bulk at the top of the braid. Well, thanks for letting me vent here. :( It will grow... Just wearing it up and forgeting about it....:rolleyes:

Swan Maiden
December 16th, 2016, 01:12 AM
I cut to waist this summer. I just got it trimmed again a week ago into a slight U shape. I plan on letting it grow back to Tailbone or Classic but I am not going to stress about how long it takes me to get there. Health over Length for me.

Upside Down
December 16th, 2016, 06:15 AM
I cut a deep V so I chopped like 10 cm off my front bits.
It is ok, and definetly helped even out the hemline but I think more needs to go from the back. Or into a lob, still considering that one :lol:

school of fish
December 29th, 2016, 04:08 PM
It's my seasonal 'mini-chop' day today - just took off about an inch and a half. Looks no different than it did before :p

Actually it does look a bit different - my hem 'reads' a bit straighter now. I wish it looked a bit thicker but I know realistically that's not going to happen until the layers all grow out ;)

But hey, I'm 1-1/2" closer to getting there!! :D

MidnightMoon
December 29th, 2016, 04:15 PM
Phew I wish I had only 12cm between a bit past waist and classic lol.
I think 12cm is like half my butt :laugh:

school of fish
December 30th, 2016, 11:29 AM
Addendum to my post from yesterday - after this morning's wash and with the fresh eyes of a new day, my ends *do* look thicker, which translates to my hair as a whole looking thicker :) When I look back at photos from about 3 or 4 years ago the difference is night and day!

Starting to feel like the completion of this layer growout is actually visible on the horizon... ;)

lapushka
December 30th, 2016, 12:21 PM
Yes, washes are *amazing* after chops and cuts. :) That's why I always trim right before a wash (and because my waves have sagged by then too. ;))

spidermom
January 15th, 2017, 07:23 PM
Does anybody know what happened? Wusel posted a second thread about cutting her hair and featuring her video this morning. I came back to make a comment, but there's no longer a thread. I thought that maybe it got merged with this one, but no. Did I hallucinate it?

Rowdy
January 15th, 2017, 07:33 PM
No I saw it too. I figured it got moved but now I can't find it either.

turtlelover
January 15th, 2017, 07:50 PM
No I saw it too. I figured it got moved but now I can't find it either.

I heard from someone else that some ugly comments were made, and it got deleted.

wispe
January 15th, 2017, 09:47 PM
I heard from someone else that some ugly comments were made, and it got deleted.

Things were getting a little heated in there. It was kind of stressing me out reading it, tbh.

hayheadsbird
January 16th, 2017, 01:04 AM
Ah - I was wondering where it had gone. That would explain it.

Mainesongbird
June 16th, 2017, 10:33 PM
I've seen a lot of microtrimming posts lately, anyone still doing big trims? I am planning on trimming 4 inches in the next few days. Haven't trimmed since before Xmas... almost at hip but my ends are getting wispier and grabby. Looking forward to those nice fresh ends!

school of fish
June 17th, 2017, 02:13 AM
I've seen a lot of microtrimming posts lately, anyone still doing big trims? I am planning on trimming 4 inches in the next few days. Haven't trimmed since before Xmas... almost at hip but my ends are getting wispier and grabby. Looking forward to those nice fresh ends!

Yes I do - every 3 months I take a larger amount and on the in-between months I dust the racers. My next larger trim will be in a few days too :)

Dendra
June 17th, 2017, 04:57 AM
Thanks for reawakening this thread - I think I belong here too. I cut off about three inches at the end of March, and plan to cut another bit (will judge how much at the time) at the end of this month.

I need to get rid of the U shaped hemline I put in in March, though that'll take a few trims. I'm also gradually chopping out hendigo, but it'll be at least a year and a half before that's gone!

lapushka
June 17th, 2017, 06:39 AM
When I'm back to maintaining, I am planning on cutting a few inches off every 4 months. Or even trimming 3 to 4 inches every 6 months. Depends. But first: more growth, because I'm recovering from a hip-length big chop right now. :)

Mainesongbird
June 19th, 2017, 09:30 AM
I just did it! 4 1/4 inches gone! Went from solid waist to below BSL. Its shotter than its been in years, but it feels thicker and healthier already! Will try to post pic when its dry.

school of fish
June 23rd, 2017, 08:28 AM
Chop-trim day, yessssss!!! I love my quarterly seasonal larger trim, it's like hitting a reset button for me :D

Today I took 1 inch from my hemline and 1/2 an inch from each of my 3 layers. Everything looks so blunt and fresh, I love it! Looks tidier, feels better, doesn't look any shorter to the non-LHC world ;)

Honestly, sometimes I wish my growth rate was superspeedy just so I could do this size trim every month, hahaha!!

lapushka
June 23rd, 2017, 08:51 AM
I just did it! 4 1/4 inches gone! Went from solid waist to below BSL. Its shotter than its been in years, but it feels thicker and healthier already! Will try to post pic when its dry.

Wow that's a lot. But below BSL is still a good length! :)


Chop-trim day, yessssss!!! I love my quarterly seasonal larger trim, it's like hitting a reset button for me :D

Today I took 1 inch from my hemline and 1/2 an inch from each of my 3 layers. Everything looks so blunt and fresh, I love it! Looks tidier, feels better, doesn't look any shorter to the non-LHC world ;)

Honestly, sometimes I wish my growth rate was superspeedy just so I could do this size trim every month, hahaha!!

1 inch is not that big (in my world), but it's a big deal for most of us!!!

I'm glad you're happy with your new freshened up ends! :)

school of fish
June 23rd, 2017, 09:01 AM
Wow that's a lot. But below BSL is still a good length! :)



1 inch is not that big (in my world), but it's a big deal for most of us!!!

I'm glad you're happy with your new freshened up ends! :)

Haha, yes I know 1" still falls within 'microtrim' territory for many here, but I have the hair that needs monthly scissors to keep ends behaving well - so between the 2 monthly 1/4" microtrims and the quarterly 1" larger trim, that's the most I can take without losing length ;)

I'd love to be able to go longer between trims and take larger amounts, but past experience has proven that this hair can't take it without consequence. I marvel at people who are able to go 6 months or a year or longer without trimming - no matter how good I am to my hair, I'll never be in that league :p

lapushka
June 23rd, 2017, 09:58 AM
Haha, yes I know 1" still falls within 'microtrim' territory for many here, but I have the hair that needs monthly scissors to keep ends behaving well - so between the 2 monthly 1/4" microtrims and the quarterly 1" larger trim, that's the most I can take without losing length ;)

I'd love to be able to go longer between trims and take larger amounts, but past experience has proven that this hair can't take it without consequence. I marvel at people who are able to go 6 months or a year or longer without trimming - no matter how good I am to my hair, I'll never be in that league :p

It's okay (I'm not going to kick you out of this thread :p), besides 1 inch is 2 months of growth, let's not forget that!!!

school of fish
June 23rd, 2017, 10:07 AM
It's okay (I'm not going to kick you out of this thread :p), besides 1 inch is 2 months of growth, let's not forget that!!!

Exactly :) 1" is a larger amount relative to *my* hair's needs - we're all different, right? ;)

MadelineMomo
October 22nd, 2019, 01:22 AM
I last had my hair trimmed in December 2018. Up until then, I was trimming it several times a year a la micro-trimming.

This year been searching and snipping split ends myself, but that's it. Overall I count it as a success: I went from BSL to WL brushing HL. Now as I'm coming up on a full year, I'm starting to wonder if trimming it once a year might be reasonable. I think I'd be willing to part with an inch of it, if that seemed like a strategic move for it's health long-term. I'm not sure if it is though?