View Full Version : Nooooo: self trimming gone wrong...

June 28th, 2010, 10:15 PM
I just did another self trim, because it was about time. After I cut of a bit I checked and my hemline was wonky :(. So had to trim more off, again wonky, I don't even know if it's straight now, but an inch is gone now....

June 28th, 2010, 10:17 PM
I'm a wonky trimmer, too. With waves, it's hard for others to see so try not to stress.

June 28th, 2010, 11:11 PM
Just relax and come back to it fresh tomorrow. You'll get it right! And like Spidermom said, it's probably not as noticeable as you fear. :)

June 28th, 2010, 11:53 PM
How were you trying to trim, that it ended up crooked? I think you'll be surprised at how forgiving your hair is, especially once it has been washes again, unless it is highly asymmetrical it won't be noticeable.

June 28th, 2010, 11:59 PM
Much prefer it being a little wonkey than having to take off to much or letting some one elso do it as they always take off way to much.

June 29th, 2010, 01:02 AM
I always self trim, and more often than not, I feel like I've just destroyed my hair after each and every time ^^; It always looks off to me in the mirror right after a trim.

The best thing to do is just it let it down, give it a good shaking out, sleep on it, and when you look at it tomorrow, it'll probably be just fine :) If you don't think it is, definitely get a second opinion before lobbing more off! I think we're always our biggest critics...

June 29th, 2010, 01:04 AM
How did you trim it? I always trim when my hair is wet. I comb it straight and put an elastic above the ends, this helps a lot. :)

June 29th, 2010, 03:11 AM
When my DH had long hair I graced him with a wonky cut. It wasn't noticeable ;)

Leave it for a bit and see if anyone else notices. You spend time looking and caring for your hair every day, after all, you're bound to see the smallest flaw. I doubt anyone else would. ;)

June 29th, 2010, 05:04 AM
How did you trim it? I always trim when my hair is wet. I comb it straight and put an elastic above the ends, this helps a lot. :)

That's how I always do it, this was the first time it went wrong and I have been doing this for more than 2 years (once or twice a month)

I am going to stop trimming when my newer hairs that have never been cut (the ones with tapering ends) grow into the hemline. That will be in between 6 months and a year.

June 29th, 2010, 05:22 AM
Sorry, ilovelonghair!

I'm always shocked when people self-trim. Shocked and admiring that they are able to! Although I get frequent trims, I am a total klutz and would never try to do it myself.

I agree with those who say it won't show like you think it does. And wavy hair is forgiving, isn't it? (My straight hair is one reason I could never trim it myself.)

June 29th, 2010, 10:58 AM
I have just had a wonky self trim episode myself. I can get totally anxious and freaked out about it which doesnt help matters at all. I basically decided the same thing that you did. Next time, Im waiting 6 months, Im only going to nip the end bits and then Im going to put the scissors away and try not to obsess. Usually I forget about it after a little while and I calm down until the next time.

June 29th, 2010, 11:04 AM
To self-trim, I always bend forward, shaking all of my hair to the front. I then grab all of my hair into a ponytail and smooth it out several times. Twist to the end, and snip off until it's even, then release and flip back up. I have always gotten good, even results, and only taken off a teeny bit. Maybe you could try that, if Faye's method doesn't work for you? The key in my case is to bend forward and do it, that way I can really see what I'm doing, and I know my back hair will be the same length as my slightly shorter front hair in the end. :)

June 29th, 2010, 11:10 AM
I'm so sorry that happened!! I have self-trimmed for years and never had any problem. I do agree that wavy hair is forgiving of boo-boos, and it's not always easy or possible to get a perfect hemline because wave patterns are constantly shifting. You might try just dusting your hair in six months -- that should keep the hemline evened up so you don't need a big trim again. As others have already said, you might notice any slight wonkiness, but it is highly unlikely anyone else would! As a sister wavy, I just make sure everything is reasonably even, and then I don't worry about it. Even when I do have a perfect hemline, it never looks perfect once my hair dries because the waves wonk it out! :D

June 29th, 2010, 11:33 AM
No-one's tried one of those crea-clips to self trim? :neutral:

June 29th, 2010, 11:36 AM
I usually self trim, but I too have wavy hair that forgives minor errors. I've never had any trouble getting it reasonably even. I use Feye's method and do a U-shaped hemline, or at least I will again while my layers grow out and afterward.