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coscass
February 6th, 2010, 09:34 PM
I've been wanting to get my hair evened out and get a microtrim, but I don't want to pay $10 to get it done. Do you think they'll charge me less for a microtrim, or no? I'm looking at feyes self trim method right now, but I have little faith in myself. :(

When my hair is long enough (2-3 inches from now) I want to have a u shaped hemline cut in. I can't wait <3

PseudoScot
February 6th, 2010, 09:45 PM
Some places - like the chains - might charge you less for just a trim, if you can talk them into the bang/fringe trim price. Even though you're looking at a microtrim, $10 isn't too bad as far as hair cut cost goes, plus you'll have the peace of mind it's even and neat.

Juneii
February 6th, 2010, 09:47 PM
if a trim is $10 then it will be ten dollars. micro trims take just as much time and effort as a regular trim so I don't think they will charge you less because you're losing less hair. But that's just my assumption - we will just let someone else give you a definitive answer.

have more faith in yourself! you should try to do a self trim, nothing truly bad can go wrong if you cut just a little bit at a time! :]

Lamb
February 6th, 2010, 09:48 PM
Most barber shops and chain salons have fixed minimum prices. Think about it, 10 bucks is about as much as the average man pays for his monthly haircut. I wouldn't balk at it.
(Besides, a hairdresser who actually does a dusting when it's only a dusting you want, nothing more, is worth 10 bucks in tips only. :twocents:)

coscass
February 6th, 2010, 09:54 PM
I just don't have 2 pennies to rub together lol. That's why I'm all blah about $10. But if they do dust, and it is worth it, i'd pay the $10.

Random question, is some hair just prone to getting splits? I treat my hair pretty dang good but I keep noticing splits and its driving me nuts :( they aren't old splits, either. I S&D all the time.




have more faith in yourself! you should try to do a self trim, nothing truly bad can go wrong if you cut just a little bit at a time! :]

I know I know. I'm just at the point where I'm petrified to lose any length and go back to that horrid in-between stage. I think when I get 2-3 more inches of growth I'll be more comfortable getting that hemline.

Juneii
February 6th, 2010, 10:01 PM
why don't you continue to s&d until you reach the length where you are comfortable enough to trim yourself? I am doing that right now :]

some hairs are more prone to splits if it is fine. or if it rubs against something. I see you're around bsl which means it can be damaged because of chair backs, shirts, etc. sharp hair scissors seems to lessen the split ends for me.

coscass
February 6th, 2010, 10:07 PM
I knew I had to be careful, but I never really realised HOW careful. Now that I think about it, though, when my hair is dry I usually sit at my comp. Often times I drape a silk night shirt over the back of my chair. But lately I haven't been wearing my silk cap, just braiding my hair. I bet that's where they're coming from.

I'll keep S&D'ing until I reach my waist (should that be measured by reaching my hair curly, or reaching my hair straightened out?)

jaine
February 6th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Are there any medium-sized or larger-sized expenses that you could "trim" from your budget instead of the small ones? (Pun intended ... sorry, that was bad! I couldn't help it!)
;)

Carolyn
February 6th, 2010, 10:20 PM
Do you have a friend who can do a micro trim for you? I think $10 for a trim is a good price. As others have said it takes as much time and effort to 1/4" or 2".

To answer your other question, yes I think some hair types are more prone to splits. Mine is. I look at it and it gets splits. It always has no matter how well I treat it. I just accept that S & D will be a part of my life. I am not one of the lucky ones who doesn't get split ends.

christine1989
February 6th, 2010, 10:20 PM
Wow! $10 for a trim is a great deal! Where I go it costs $60 at best.

Ursula
February 6th, 2010, 10:31 PM
if a trim is $10 then it will be ten dollars. micro trims take just as much time and effort as a regular trim so I don't think they will charge you less because you're losing less hair. But that's just my assumption - we will just let someone else give you a definitive answer.

have more faith in yourself! you should try to do a self trim, nothing truly bad can go wrong if you cut just a little bit at a time! :]

I'll second this. You aren't really paying for the amount of hair removed, you're paying for the time and attention of the hairdresser.

A carefully done microtrim for a client who is adamant about trimming only the tiniest bit of length will require more time and attention than a cut or trim for someone who is less exacting in their demands. If someone asks for a trim and wants 2-4 inches of the end, the hairdresser can trim and has some margin of error. If the client wants no more than 1/4 inch, the hairdresser must be very careful, and may be facing an near-impossible task, such as if someone with a lot of taper wants both thick blunt ends and only 1/4 inch off the length.

If you go to the specialist long-hair salons, such as the George Michael salons (Madora, Enchantress) they spend a lot of time to do even the smallest trim, including washing, deep conditioning, S&D, roller-sets etc., and charge quite a bit for that time and attention. While I wouldn't expect a standard salon to do all of the intense long-hair treatments, I'd still expect that if someone was wanting an exacting, precise trim that they'd need to take the time to be sure to wash, dry and straighten the hair to be able to judge the length accurately, in order to do the most careful microtrim possible.

Liluri
February 6th, 2010, 10:37 PM
I think it depends, I know a place that will go through all of your hair and snip tiny bits off and I'd pay more than $10 for that but if you are talking a quick trim just to take the ends of in the normal manner a trim is done and they call it a microtrim well then $10 sounds like what I'd expect to pay for that.

getoffmyskittle
February 6th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Your hair is long enough to trim by yourself. Just try a tiny bit. You can't mess it up that much if you're only taking off 1cm.

Juneii
February 6th, 2010, 10:43 PM
well waist length depends on how you want to call it. most measure it when the hair is straight but some measure when the hair is naturally curly.

I would say try to put it up in a bun so the ends stay away from any kind of damage at all. draping a silk sheet over the chair won't prevent the under layers from receiving damage from your shirt sadly. my hair does that. :(

Longlocks3
February 6th, 2010, 10:48 PM
I hear you on the money issue! I can't justify spending 20$ on a small trim(that's the best price I can find in my area, anywhere). I've even specified that I don't want a wash(no cones here!), and that I just want my ends done. It's a super quick process. I understand that just because less is being taken off, doesn't mean I should pay less. But I do think that it should reflect the smaller amount of time a stylist would have to spend on my trim(it takes less than 10 minutes).

I do it myself. I was super afaird at first. But my reasoning is: my hair is up all the time, only DBF will see if it's uneven and if I really mess up, I'll bite the bullet and have it done professionally.

I use the feye method for straight across and it works good for me! Just go in with a game plan. How exactly how much you want to take off. And if it's not even at first, don't keep 'taking a little bit more off' to even it up. That's how you end up taking more off than you wanted. In fact, take off less than you want to at first!

PseudoScot
February 6th, 2010, 10:49 PM
I just don't have 2 pennies to rub together lol. That's why I'm all blah about $10. But if they do dust, and it is worth it, i'd pay the $10.

Random question, is some hair just prone to getting splits? I treat my hair pretty dang good but I keep noticing splits and its driving me nuts :( they aren't old splits, either. I S&D all the time.

While some hair types are prone to less splits, I think aside from good care, hair at its ends is the oldest and that alone can, in my view, lead to breakage as well.

For me, there is a balance between doing what I can to keep the hair healthy, and not going overboard. I'm not suggesting that you are - it's certainly good to take care of it as best you can - but at the same time, don't let it become too much of a concern. Do the best you can but don't try to be too perfect or you'll never enjoy your hair, you'll be too busy trying not to let it get exposure/possible damage and you won't enjoy just having it. :)

ETA: I go about every 3-4 mos for a trim at one of the chains, including tip it's around $20 and I don't have to mess around trying the self trim method - which I did try and wasn't overjoyed with, it's not my thing. For me, paying to get a trim becomes more cost-effective in the long run.

banglaminerva
February 6th, 2010, 10:51 PM
When I had a dusting done at a salon, it really was a dusting and I ended up giving her more than 10 as a tip. She actually got down on the floor to trim my hair.

pepperminttea
February 6th, 2010, 11:21 PM
I'd try a self-trim - you can do it! :) If worst comes to worst, you can just wear your hair up for a while, no-one will see your hemline then.

I would say some hair is more prone to splits than others; I'm fairly sure mine is. But it does mean you get good at S&Ding quickly?

Gypsy
February 7th, 2010, 02:15 AM
Maybe try a barber/beauty school?
They probably won't charge more than $2-3 but at least not as much as $10 (no, I don't mean that $10 is high for a trim, I just meant comparatively:))

countryhopper
February 7th, 2010, 06:07 AM
I agree abou the beauty school! Since they are new and still learning, they really want to please you and would probably do exactly what you ask for.

My hair is only 17'' (or maybe 18?) but I trim myself. Have you checked out the trimming instructions in the article archives?

bumblebums
February 7th, 2010, 09:30 AM
I agree that a tiny self-trim would be the best way to (a) save money and (b) get your feet wet so you can do it with more confidence in the future.

About the splits--you said you S&D all the time. I used to do it all the time, too, and I saw splits all the time. I am pretty sure I was causing them with my crappy old scissors (granted, there were other things wrong with my routine, like rubbing my hair with a towel to dry it). So make sure your equipment is good!

Also, hair rubs against itself, not just against the chair or the shirt you're wearing. If you wear it down, especially when wet, it will get damaged more easily.

Liss
February 7th, 2010, 09:39 AM
Wow! $10 for a trim is a great deal! Where I go it costs $60 at best.

I was just thinking the same thing! Which of course irritates me that they can be done in 5 minutes flat on my fine, straight hair, but it still costs the same as the person next to me who spends 2 hours having their un-ruly, mega thick curls getting tamed.

If you don't have the money, either wait to grow those extra inches, or try the Feye method for yourself - you won't know if you're good at it unless you try it.

Lamb
February 7th, 2010, 09:47 AM
Maybe try a barber/beauty school?
They probably won't charge more than $2-3 but at least not as much as $10 (no, I don't mean that $10 is high for a trim, I just meant comparatively:))


The problem with beauy schools would be that it takes some experience to do a dusting. Cutting off 2" is far easier than cutting just 0.5". I'd be worried that a student would mess up my hair, cutting more and more to make it "even".

Fiferstone
February 7th, 2010, 09:52 AM
I'm going to recommend giving Feye's self trim method a try. Just take off a tiny amount, once you get the hang of this you'll save tons of money and endless anxiety, seriously.

SHELIAANN1969
February 7th, 2010, 10:19 AM
To me, 10$ is actually very reasonable, I have paid 20$ or more for an itty bitty trim, but I trust the hairdresser and am willing to pay that amount for peace of mind, and I still walk out with my sanity intact! :)

SHELIAANN1969
February 7th, 2010, 10:23 AM
I get splits all the time, I spent 2 hours doing an S&D the other night, ny husband warned me I would be back at it the next day, lol, he was right.

I have some splits that go 2 inches or more up the end of my hair, I think it's my fork and stick use that cause them.

I also have a hard time detangling and my hair is a wreck in the mornings when I have to comb out the rats nests and put my hair in a bun for the work day. Sometimes it's snap snap snappity snap. :bigeyes:

I try not to obsess about it though :rollin:



I just don't have 2 pennies to rub together lol. That's why I'm all blah about $10. But if they do dust, and it is worth it, i'd pay the $10.

Random question, is some hair just prone to getting splits? I treat my hair pretty dang good but I keep noticing splits and its driving me nuts :( they aren't old splits, either. I S&D all the time.

spidermom
February 7th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Maybe keep S&Ding until you save up the $10.00, which is actually a pretty low price. My stylist charges about $28.00 to trim my hair, but we have an understanding about my hair, and she does a good job, so I pay it. I've tried self-trimming twice and ended up with a slant (one side longer) each time. (P.S. - I have split-prone hair, too.)

Tap Dancer
February 7th, 2010, 10:39 AM
My stylist charges about $28.00 to trim my hair, but we have an understanding about my hair, and she does a good job, so I pay it.

Same here. It's $25 at my salon for a trim. But I have an awesome stylist who gives me what I want, so I pay.

Gypsy
February 7th, 2010, 10:20 PM
The problem with beauy schools would be that it takes some experience to do a dusting. Cutting off 2" is far easier than cutting just 0.5". I'd be worried that a student would mess up my hair, cutting more and more to make it "even".

Well, they aren't brand new students who just enrolled. They are seniors close to testing for their license and graduating and are monitored by instructors. They have as much knowledge as a first time self trimmer, I'm pretty sure.
Dusting doesn't make the hair even, anyway. It simply trims off the objectionable ends.

pinchbeck
February 7th, 2010, 10:37 PM
I would much rather invest $10 in a micro trim than do it myself. Isn't your hair worth it? It can only improve your hemline.

nowxisxforever
February 7th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Is there no one near you that you trust to trim your hair? I sweet-talked DGF into giving me a trim just a couple weeks ago. I trust people I know with my hair, whereas I don't trust strangers-- people I know will realize exactly how much I enjoy and love my hair, and they will also be slightly fearful of cutting too much--which means they generally will be extra careful, whereas someone in a salon will never see me again.

I gave her a bodypart to cut to and told her she could cut it to that length while it was pulled straight, so she didn't have to worry about guessing at lengths, or evenness-- was it to the point I showed her when pulled straight? Yes? Snip, no worries, done. :)