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I cut my own hair!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I just cut my own hair tonight, and I think I actually didn't do too bad!

It's really something I'd always thought about doing - after all, the hairstyles I tend to like are the modern looking ones that just about look like you could have cut your hair yourself, lol - but I'd never had the courage. I always figured it was safer to pay a stylist to do it, or at least go to a cosmotology school and have a student do it, because at least the student would be able to see the back of my head ^_^;;

But because I hadn't wanted to spend the money on it, I hadn't done anything but dye it myself in months, and it had become long, damaged and full of spit ends. I figured I had nothing to lose at this point, so I decided to just go ahead try cutting it myself. After all, if I screwed up, I could always have it fixed by a professional, as long as I didn't go crazy and cut too much off (and even if I did, hair does grow back!)

I watched a lot of videos and read tutorials online before starting, although in the end I just kind of ended up doing my own thing, for better or worse. I did take one piece of advice to heart, and went to Ulta to get a pair of actual hair cutting shears instead of going at it with my embroidery scissors. With a great stroke of luck, I managed to pick up a $30 set of shears that had been marked down to $6.99 - I figured it had to be a sign that I wasn't making a huge mistake! I also picked up some hair dye (I decided to try Clairol Natural Instincts "Egyptian Plum").

What I ended up doing was washing it, and while it was wet, I sectioned it off with little rubber bands. Then I measured off and cut six inches of hair from each of the little "pony tails" I had made, twisting each one as I cut it. Then I blow dried it, and went back and trimmed it up a little more.

Here's my "before" photo:

And here's after I cut it, initially:

And after I died it, and then went at it a little more with the scissors (it was a little too even for me, so I tried to give it some texture):

Probably obvious, but I took these photos of myself with my phone ^_^;;

Anyway, I think I did pretty good. It's not horrible anyway, and it was a lot cheaper even than going to the cosmetology school (just the $6.99 for the shears!). I think I've actually had worse haircuts from professionals, really.

Now that I have had the experience of cutting my own hair, I'll probably do it again. Maybe next time I'll get even more daring and try to do something a little more complicated with it!

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    The new color really makes your eye color pop! Looks good, good job!
    2309 days ago
    Looks great..... I tried cutting mine in May, when I was really stressed, and believe me, I am still paying the price for that one... went way too short... Congrats on a job well done!
    2314 days ago
    You did a great job! It looks good!
    2314 days ago
    Brave! and such rewarding results. That is a great cut.
    2314 days ago
  • VTSKIER805
    Wow, that looks fabulous! Love the color, too :)
    2315 days ago
    YOU DID WONDERFUL! I was a hairdresser for more than 20 years. Just let my license go last year following an accident, knowing physically I wouldn't be able to endure that work any longer. Sweetie your hair is GORGEOUS!!! VERY VERY NICE, AND JUST AS PROFESSIONAL AS IF YOU'D HAVE GONE TO A SALON! emoticon emoticon emoticon I am soooo proud of you!!!! My smile is radiant.....even at nearly 1:30 am!!! ha! did a mighty fine job, and should feel delighted about it!

    ~SmilinDi~ emoticon
    2315 days ago
    Well U done a Great JOB! Color is nice and the style Looks Fantastic I think it makes you look very young") and I know your not old but 12 years") Beautiful")
    2315 days ago
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