Trim your own ends

Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 9.00.27 AMAfter years and years of trying to grow my hair out, I have reached upper back length. This is a big deal for me. Now, with a little perspective on the trials and tribulations of finally successfully growing my hair out, I have a little insight to share.

( I snagged this photo from an SF times article.)

Getting regular trims is NOT JUST YOUR HAIRDRESSER TRYING TO GET MORE MONEY FROM YOU. Regular trims are a crucial part of successful long healthy hair, faster.

No, your hair won’t grow faster with regular trims but trimming the ends off will stop split ends from continuing to split up the hair shaft. Split hair strands will eventually break off.

I have had many clients tell me that their hair will just stop growing at a certain length. This is rarely true. What is usually happening is that they are not getting regular trims, so their ends just constantly break off at a certain point, makng it look as if the hair is not growing.

A good trim every 6 weeks will help you push through to healthy long hair. It seems counter productive, but trust me it isn’t. Also, it is totally miraculous what a 1/4 trim can do for the looks of your hair. Those tiny split ends can really make your hair so dull and lifeless!

HTHG knows that not everyone (myself included!) would shell out 40+ bucks for a tiny end trim. This is why I made you a video to share with you my every 6 week end trim MO technique. It is so easy to DIY. You just need some sharp shears.

I like to trim my hair when it is mostly dry or all the way dry because it is easier to see how much needs to come off.

Here you go!

Another thing that helps me keep my ends healthy during grow out is coconut oil treatments, and liquid gold polisher.

Also, switching to no-poo has been paramount in my hair growing effort because I am generally a lot happier with the state of my hair.

Need help growing out your bangs? Here is a trimming tip and some styling tips!

How to trim your lady parts.

lady partsNot those ones!

Here is a little secret for you from me. (cup hands around your ear) The little hair bits that fall around your face when you wear your hair up are adding tons of softness, prettiness, and intrigue to your look. They are inviting people to come closer to you, and framing your pretty face.


I will tell you how to trim them yourself if you promise to share this post.

Promise? Great!

So sometimes your haircut just needs a little freshening. Maybe you can’t make it to the salon. This trick will put the pretty back into your ‘do.

Check out this photo. I think that those lady parts add just the right touch of softness to make this hairstyle work on me. My lady parts are my hair safety blanket. Without them I feel like one big face.

Here is a lil video I put together for you;)






Feather cutting

A light texturizing technique for fine straight hair. Best when hair is dry, with sharp shears! Start slowly, removing little chips of hair away. Creates a soft and movable finish

Taking out the bulk


Meet Sage. The daughter of ex-New Yorkers that moved to the Ozarks to get back to the land, Sage is a DIY-er in the truest most practical sense.

She met her husband in the fine arts show circuit and they began designing and binding books together.


When they got pregnant with Ari, they decided to settle back into the Ozarks on their urban homestead. Besides the garden, the chickens, the slaughtering and weeding, the canning and putting up, the baking, the parenting, the hostessing, the tamale and soup preparing and doorstep delivery, Sage is the owner, designer and creator of a line of rediculously cool upcycled childrens clothing, Cuddle fish Clothes.

With all this on her plate, Sage’s hair is often left on the back burner. She does not have time, or much interest in fixing it. Her hair M.O. is generally grow it out, shave it, repeat.

Her hair is gorgeous. Thick, lusterous, dark, curly, low maintainance. When I showed up to cut her hair, we decided that it needed a bit of a trim and shaping up, and because she wears it up always, bangs seemed appropriate to add a little drama and style to her look. And then, we talked about the bulk of it. The heaviness of it. The shear thickness of it. Then, we headed to the greenhouse to start cutting.

I’m going to use hair as a metaphor for life here. When your hair is heavy and thick, it weighs you down. It no longer has the freedom to move freely. It feels trapped and stagnant. This is especially true with curls.

So, just like our lives, sometimes you need to trim the fat from the hair. Cut out what doesn’t need to be there to make room for the beauty and the freedom and the personality to shine through. This is precisely what I aim to do with Sage’s hair.

Here is a video of her quick trim.





Do you want to try it? You can now purchase a more in depth how-to video of this look in the HTHG video store right now!. Try it on yourself or a lucky someone else. Don’t forget to send HTHG a before and after picture!


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Point cutting

This technique is for creating a more textured finish on short haircuts. It can also be used to soften the ends of longer cuts. It is a great technique for blending different sections within a haircut.

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