Cutting your own hair - Classic or Dud Man

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I last visited a hairdresser 'bout four years ago.

Every few months I badger my man to chop a couple of inches off of my hair - never so much that I can't tie it back though.

Yesterday my hair was misbehaving. My ponytail was like a big ball of fluff sticking out the back of my head. Desperate times. I took the scissors to it.

The back is uber uneven. But from the front - wow! It's the best haircut I've ever had!

I had my man tidy up the back when he came in and I'm well pleased with the results. Two minutes work and I have a grebt shaggy hairdo.

There's a lot to be said for D.I.Y.

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:04 (fourteen years ago) link

the best haircut i ever got was the one i paid the most for. i don't think i'll ever trust anyone else with my hair. (it's time to go back though; the summer has not been kind.)

faith popcorn (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:08 (fourteen years ago) link

last night i decided to experiment with a razor and trim my bangs drunk.
it was fun but slightly addicting and i had to have my roommate stop me from doing any further damage.

i've been having my hairdresser friend cut my hair really cheap lately but her cuts are so-so and i find myself daydreaming of a trip to some expensive salon for a wondercut.

i think i think about this hair situation too much.

tehresa (tehresa), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Another helpful tip: never pluck eyebrows when one is a little bit drunk.

salexander (salexander), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Ha ha! I've done that before - I just kept plucking and plucking and swaying in front of the mirror. My tweezers are too handy, I keep them on top of the cistern so they are always there.

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:26 (fourteen years ago) link

I hate going to the hairdressers, my kind of hair is pretty uncommon where I come from and hairdressers either back away from me in horror or try to do what they'd like for themselves if they had afro hair.

I can't just have a haircut.

I had the worst experience of my life about seven years ago when I agreed to be a model for a Vidal Sassoon salon. They burnt my hair right into the scalp, the next day my head was blistered and weeping and what hair I had left was stuck to it. I was too ashamed to even visit a doctor and I have a really short chunk of hair to this day as a reminder.

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:48 (fourteen years ago) link

go to a place that specializes in dry cutting. they'll know what to do.

faith popcorn (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 29 September 2005 07:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Trimmming own hair to get a bit more mileage out of it: classic.

Completely cutting own hair (unless, of course, you are really good at cutting hair): dud.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:05 (fourteen years ago) link


I did this for years, and my haircuts were always so wonky and uneven looking and it got to a point where I was a bit afraid to actually go back to a hairdresser cos I knew they'd laugh at it. Eventually I bit the bullet and went to a barber and sure enough, the first thing he did was ask me who the hell had been cutting my hair.

Mil (Mil), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Just you wait 'til I'm gracing the front pages of Vogue. This is the new Jennifer Aniston cut, believe me...

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:12 (fourteen years ago) link

i think cutting your own hair only works if you have curly or wavy hair. my hair is so stick straight and fine that every scissor-mark shows up and it's so easy to make it look uneven. so i wouldn't risk doing anything other than trimming fringe verrrry carefully, and only then if desperate. i think i cut a blunt fringe in myself once, and it was ok, but was obviously done at home with crap scissors.

i haven't found much of a correlation between expensive and good cuts, though, as proven by what a great job chris the insanely cheap barber does for so little money.

colette (a2lette), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, my abundant curls/frizz hides my shoddy workmanship to an admirable degree. That's what keeps me going. Though if I had straight or 'common' hair ie: like every other person I know, I wouldn't have a problem going to the hairdresser in the first place.

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I cut mine for about two years. Then I went to a hairdresser and she put layers in and now I am trapped into a hairdresser cycle.

Anna (Anna), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:51 (fourteen years ago) link

This thread has reminded me of how shit my hair looks.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I finally found a decent hairdresser/stylist/colourist but honestly, it was through the reccomendation of friends. This is really the only way to go.

I would like to be able to cut mine own hair, but my hair is so fine that every mistake shows terribly - plus it takes a ridiculously long time for bad cuts to grow out. (My hair grows stupidly slowly.)

All over dye jobs it's really easy to do by oneself, but streaks and highlighting and tabby cat hair like mine (yes! I've been retabbied!) takes quite a bit of expertise and attention to make it look not shit.

The Brocade Fire (kate), Thursday, 29 September 2005 08:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I love going to the hairdresser. It's a real treat to be pampered every couple of months. I wouldn't give it up even if I thought I could do a decent job myself. Also, my stylist is great! He has a gorgeous puppy that goes to work with him and it doesn't matter if he's running late because you have doggy to play with. Also, last Halloween, he washed my hair wearing a trojan costume.

Mädchen (Madchen), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:06 (fourteen years ago) link

My hair grows like wildfire.

I'd be a wee bit scared to dye it I think, but that's probably for the best - I relax it at home every few months and worry enough about the condition of my hair after that.

Rumpie, Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm upset that no one at work noticed my new hairdo, even though I TOLD them I was going to come back from my hols with completely different hair.

Man, I'd love to have hair that grew fast. Also hair thick enough to need relaxing would be a plus!

The relaxing thing is urgent and key. Going to a hairdresser is stressing because I worry about how shit I will look afterwards. But it is great to have someone play with your hair for an hour - I really like getting the bits of foil put in, I find it really soothing.

The Brocade Fire (kate), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I cut mine, but since that's with a pair of clippers with a #1 comb, this demands no great skill.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Ditto. Tho I dispense with the comb and have altered the blade in the clippers so it virtually draws blood.

Dadaismus (Dada), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Clippers are the way forward for everyone. My clippers have paid for themselves many times over. i used to go to the barbers every week to keep it neat costing £5 a go, now i do it myself with same results + i get to put 2 pint a week more in my belly.

not-goodwin (not-goodwin), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:41 (fourteen years ago) link

what was this blade alteration, dada? the blades in our clippers are getting a bit blunt, so i think i need to take them somewhere for sharpening.

clippers on no. 1 setting def the way forward - i think i've been to a hairdresser's about 5 times in the last 7 years.

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:44 (fourteen years ago) link

The best part about going to the hairdressers' is having your hair washed for you and a head massage. Very nice. Except the actual haircut is not so relaxing as it is a good idea to be :wide-awake: and slightly :paranoid: that when you ask for "this" you will not end up with "that" and be stuck with it for the next few weeks until it starts to grow out. I wonder if hairdressers cut their own hair? Hmmm

salexander (salexander), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, the head massage was a surprise, especially with the lovely smelling organic products she was using. I was purring like a cat.

The Brocade Fire (kate), Thursday, 29 September 2005 09:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Head massage at salons is the single most curiously erotic experience in the world.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 29 September 2005 10:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I hardly ever got my hair cut by a female hairdresser - usually by old men - but remember it as definitely a very sensual experience!

Dadaismus (Dada), Thursday, 29 September 2005 10:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Just did mine - it wasn't very sensual.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 29 September 2005 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I've not been to a hairdressers in 8 years. I did get my hairdresser friend to trim it a few years back, but my usual approach is to put it in a ponytail and lop 2 inches off the end.

My hair is shite.

suckling pig at a rave (alix), Thursday, 29 September 2005 11:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm due a haircut but my stylist now charges £40 which is a bit of a drain. I used to trim my fringe when i had one and once made the mistake of cutting it when wet which left me with a 1 1/2 inch fringe for a while - i never made that mistake again. Razors are quite good for thinning.

leigh (leigh), Thursday, 29 September 2005 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I still need a haircut. I've learned not to try cutting my own hair.

sgs (sgs), Thursday, 29 September 2005 12:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I've mentioned this before, but I have an electric buzzer to keep my own hair short, and since I own such a device, my friends often ask me to cut their hair, and I've seem to have gradually become a specialist in shaving girls' heads and doing mohawks to them. As a matter of fact, I'm doing one clean shave and one mohawk tomorrow.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 29 September 2005 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes. Buzzers! They have all those attachments for different lengths. The ones you get at the hardware store work fine for short hair. I cut my husband and son's hair. My own hair I just cut the bangs with scissors. Haven't paid for a haircut in twenty years, and I look like it. Feral woman.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Thursday, 29 September 2005 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

I’ve just been buzzing my whole head with a trimmer using a #4 stand-off, I wish I could shave my sideburns a little bit closer but I don’t have that skill

Dan S, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 01:27 (one week ago) link

That's pretty easy to do, but I can't promise you'll get it perfect the first time. Depending whether your sideburns are high or low, you might try making a scooping motion with the trimmer, kinda rock it away from your head... Or you hold it at an angle so that you're just cutting with the corner of the blade, instead of pressing it flush against your scalp.

My advice would be butcher your sideburns a few times until you get it right. At that length it will look fine in a week pretty much no matter what you do.

I started buzzing my whole head with a 3 guard as a teenager, now I can do really complex layered cuts, ombre color jobs, pretty much the works. If you tell anyone I'll kill you :)

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:26 (one week ago) link

I *highly* endorse learning to cut yr own hair if you have a preferred hairstyle that's reasonably simple to handle. Lord knows how much dough I've saved over the years.

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link

Maybe put like a 2 guard on the trimmer to start. And if you mess up you can use the 3 to blend it. If you have a taper lever put it in the open position.

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:33 (one week ago) link

the first time I buzzed my head, after being driven crazy by hair tickling my ears, I used a #2 stand-off. It was good for the sideburns but felt too short when used over my whole head. the next time I used a #4 which was great for the head but not for the sideburns. my next effort will be using a #2 on the sideburns trying out a gradient with a scooping technique as you mentioned, and a #4 over the rest of my head

Dan S, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 02:44 (one week ago) link

Have always gone for a fade at the lower back of my head, but I don’t think I will ever have the confidence to do that myself. The best I’ve been able to manage in the back is using two mirrors to shave the fuzz that grows on my neck below my hair line

Dan S, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 03:01 (one week ago) link

The main challenge of doing a neckline fade on yourself is having a very clear idea of exactly where you want it to go before cutting into it, in my experience. How high, how soft, whether you want it tapered around the ears etc. On the occasions I messed it up it was usually because I only vaguely knew what I was trying for.

I like to keep the edges pretty soft, I'll use a 1 or a 0 (1/16") guard to clean up the neck fuzz, or even a 2 if my hair is longer (as it has been for a few years) but never a bare blade or god forbid an edger...

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 04:07 (one week ago) link

Having the handheld mirror in one hand rules out the possibility of any clipper over comb stuff, unfortunately

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 04:10 (one week ago) link

I tried to tame my sideburns alternately using clippers and scissors, and halfway through I noticed the top of one of my ears was bleeding? Yikes.

I've got pretty good at the back and sides, and I've even learned to use the 0 to clean up the weird annoying fuzz-trails on the back of my neck, but I have no idea how to handle the top, so I've just embraced the man-bun (about half a dozen previously well-kempt men on my road are currently rocking man-buns post-lockdown so I don't feel so bad.)

Greta Grebo (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:04 (one week ago) link

a good friend of my who is a personal trainer just posted a work-out video, I haven't seen him for months and was surprised to see he had a bun, it looked good on him.

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:03 (one week ago) link

I gave myself a few haircuts during covid using only a beard trimmer. They came out surprisingly good, better than some barber haircuts. The problem is really the massive mess it makes. I guess I could get tarp and one of those barber cloaks but it’s easier to just go to a shop.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:04 (one week ago) link

a strategically positioned small garbage bin does the trick for me, esp if you have a wireless trimmer

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:07 (one week ago) link

I don't think I want to go to a haircutting place just yet. Part of my living space has a wood floor and I just do it there, with a mirror, so I can sweep up the hair

Dan S, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:12 (one week ago) link

I only made it to mid June but my place was relatively safe, they make you wait outside until it’s literally your turn in the chair, had to momentarily lower my mask for sideburns but otherwise everyone was fully protected

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:21 (one week ago) link

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