How do I cut my own (long, curly) hair?
June 8, 2014 5:46 AM Subscribe
I don't want another salon cut but I do want shorter hair. How do I do it?
posted by terretu to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My dark brown curly hair is pretty long (the longest bits reach the bottom of my back/top of my butt when I pull the curls straight, the shortest bits reach my mid-lower back when doing the same thing, and I'm 5'11 with a long body), but it's also pretty straggly at the ends and I want to cut it up somewhere between my shoulders and my jawline.
I've never had a salon cut that I liked and I don't really have any money at the moment, so I'm intending to cut it myself. I've only cut my own hair once before, and that was a trim to even out the ends about six months ago, but I'm feeling good about doing this myself and would rather try it than spend another £30-50 with a professional for a cut that comes out too short and uneven because they don't know how to work with curly hair.
It's lost a lot of curl being this long and heavy, so my plan was to wash it and comb it out straight, tie it with a hairband two or three or four inches below my shoulders (at a point where the hair is an even thickness compared to length, rather than straggly), cut it across there so it's all the same length to start with, let it dry a bit (or completely?) and then tidy up the individual curls so it sits evenly. I wear it with a side parting on the right side of my head, and will cut it so that it looks even with that parting.
Things I do have: haircutting scissors, a willing accomplice for the bits at the back
Things I don't have: experience, fine motor skills, attention to detail, limitless patience
I'd like to make this quick and easy. I definitely don't want to end up with triangle-/Christmas tree-shaped hair (flat against the head but bulky at the ends) - I'd prefer something more like a bob, with the curls evenly distributed around my head.
What should I do to get a cut I'll like? And how do I cut the individual curls themselves when they're dry(-ish) - straight across or at an angle?