View Full Version : Trimming my own hair?

February 17th, 2011, 07:21 AM
Hi everyone! :waving:

I am thinking of trying to trim my own hair.... but I am not too sure how to go about it! I have done some S&D lately, but am a bit scared to try doing more in case I screw it up.

I have almost waist length slightly wavy hair, with some long layering (APL) in the front, which I am planning to grow out.

I just had a "trim" at the salon, and the "no more than half-inch" I asked for ended up being over 2 inches on the floor. Sigh. So next time I feel the need for a trim, I want to gird up my loins and try it myself!

Anyway, I have had a look on youtube and seen a few people cutting their own hair, but I would love to hear how some of you self-trimmers do it.

Thanks! :D

February 17th, 2011, 07:27 AM
Go for it! I trim my own and have been doing so since i was about 14.

Make sure you've got a few fine-tooth combs to make sure you don't miss anything, and this way you'll get the cut *you* want.

(sometimes have someone on hand to check that it's even too :) )

February 17th, 2011, 07:38 AM
Check out Feye's self trimming methods.

February 17th, 2011, 09:11 AM
Check out Feye's self trimming methods.


In the articles section of the site she has put her instructions for a v, u and straight hemline. Many, probably most, of us use one of her methods.

February 17th, 2011, 09:46 AM
I get the splits whenever I see them, and I took off about a 1/4 inch on the longest layers a couple weeks ago. I read over Feye's instructions and had the BF check it, just to be sure!

February 17th, 2011, 09:59 AM
Links to Feye's trimming articles:


Personally I use the straight across trim (the first link I've given you) but I've tried all three and found them all simple to do and have achieved good results with all of them. The most important thing is to use HAIR scissors only, NOT paper scissors. You can buy hair scissors from most chemists/pharmacists, and hair and beauty stockists such as Sally's. I also find that cutting my hair when it's wet is slightly kinder to it and makes it easier to get a clean cut. Wet hair is easier for the scissors to snip at.

Good luck!

February 17th, 2011, 12:53 PM

I checked out Feye's instructions, and I feel reasonably sure I can manage that myself. Thanks!!

February 17th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Feye's instructions are awesome. I've used them for a few years now.

One caution about your own hair: if your results are a little uneven, let it go. No one else can tell. There have been a few times I've seen people whose perfectionism keeps them trimming more and more and more, until they've lost more than they did with the salon.