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    Default Opinions on trimming layers while growing them out

    Hi Guys,

    I'm going to get a 1/2" trim on Saturday, and I was wondering what you think about trimming layers (dusting them, really) while growing out? I'm going to a reputable stylist (Spidermom's), so I think she will listen if I am explicit about her just taking a little bit off the ends. I probably wouldn't bother with it at all, but I've been finding splits at the ends of my layers and I don't have the patience (or the time) for S&D.

    Thanks!

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    How much shorter are your layers? Just in my experience, any "trimming of layers" ends up with them basically reshaping them; I've never seen a stylist who will spend the time finding the old layers and trimming them. From cutting my boys hair, I think it's pretty hard to do that.

    BUT if your layers are a lot shorter than the rest of your hair and really do look splitty, maybe let her try . . . If they are only an inch or two shorter than your length and you want to grow them out, perhaps get a 1" trim, wait 3-6 months and get another one and LAYERS BE GONE.

    Just my opinion. I've never had any luck trimming layers; the stylists just cut them more and more and shorter and shorter, and the only success I've had is waiting, then cutting the length.

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    Agree with QueenBea, they usually think it means to reshape it all. But if the stylist is good at listening and you are very clear that you don't care about shaping and only want the shorter parts trimmed for splits, it could be OK.

    I would imagine the procedure would be to gather and section and comb the hair as if for the standard layer cut, but simply cut less off.
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    I also agree. I'm in the process of growing out layers, but I won't have them trimmed. My stylist is awesome, she always finds it funny that I come in twice a year and have her cut off 1/4". She also tells me maybe I should wait because she can't see any damage (but I can feel it). She always does exactly what I ask of her, but I think having her trim my layers without actually reshaping them might be too much to ask of her. Fortunately she loves that I'm growing my hair so I bet she'd refuse to do it for me, but my layers are still in good shape so I'm not worrying about getting them trimmed.
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    When I felt that my layers, which I don't have anymore, needed to be dusted, I would bend forward, make a top of head ponytail, slide the pony-tie down toward the floor, which would make the ends splay out, then trim the tip-ends 1/8 inch or less by myself. I'm sure the stylist will treat you right, though.

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    I trim my layer all the time when I get a hair cut. Its just like your original hair cut when you got the layers, but my hair stylist just dust them. It wont cut short layers back into your hair it will just dust the ends of the layer just like dusting the length. It is amazing after you get them dusted everything just lays so much better. If your ends need trimmed then I would think the layers need a trim to.

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    My length is just past BSL right now, and my shortest layer just reached shoulder. I think maybe I'll just leave them alone and just snip off the splits as I see them. Thanks guys!

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    At one times I had layers that were nine inches shorter than my hemline, and it was very difficult to trim them.

    I would have to really really trust a stylist before I let them trim my layers. Even if I went back to the same stylist who cut the layers in the first place, I never ended up with a "trim". My hemline got a trim and my layers kept getting dramatically shorter and shorter.

    After deciding to grow out my layers, I stopped going to hairstylists at all. I started trimming my hair myself. Fortunately, even the shortest layers were long enough that I could grab them all and bring them around to the front, so I could S&D. There were a couple of "piecey" layers that were cut from a lock of hair that naturally clumped together, and those were very easy to trim.

    I was so glad when the layers grew out and I just had one hemline to deal with!

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    When I go in for a trim off the back, she cleans up the layers on the sides. I guess thats what you all call dusting?

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    Default Re: Opinions on trimming layers while growing them out

    This is only my past experience with hair dressers (which have thankfully all been positive), but as long as you are pushy about what you want, they tend to listen to you. And this person is reputable, as you said, so if you really feel the need to trim the layers, I would imagine they would comply It's your hair, and it's what you want!

    That being said, I have some rather significant layers that I am trying to grow out myself, and I always trim them myself...mainly because I think it's fun

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