Official Launch! And everybody is cutting their own hair.

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And now for the very first Spoiled Rotten feature...

SELF-HAIRCUTTERS UNITE!

We asked about your experience trimming your own locks. Here's what you had to say.

Luke Sheldrick

Ottawa, Ontario

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

3 years

Why do you cut your own hair?

I seem to be able to cut it the way I like. It's pretty straight forward, and less risk.

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

Scissors

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

I had to shave my head because I tried to trim the sides with a razor and it happened to be a #1 blade on the razor!! It cut straight to the scalp, so yes, then I had to shave my head.

Maranda Elizabeth

marandaelizabeth.com

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Since age 13, 1999, I think.

Why do you cut your own hair?

- I'm too depressed & fucked up to make appointments & show up for them
- I'm broke
- I don't like strangers touching me
- When I want a haircut, it feels urgent: no time for appointments & waitlists!
- It's never occurred to me not to
- change yr hair, change yr life

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

White person hair, straight-ish but wavy, thick-ish, dirty blonde, long with baby bangs, badly dyed purple streaks, ordinary scissors with purple handles.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

No such thing. But I used to give myself the queerdo sideshave with just scissors because I don't have any razors, standard or electric.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Yes, but I live in my own little weirdo queerdo bubble where such things do not affect me personally.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

Quit talking about it, just fucking do it. You'll look good no matter what, & it grows back, so no worries.

Ann Silver

Asheville, North Carolina

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Probably about 7 years now

Why do you cut your own hair?

I cut my own hair because who knows what you want better than yourself? Plus, most of the places around my city will charge me $60 to tell me they don't want to shave my head but my longer locks could use a trim. I just want parts of my head shaved! Stop judging me!

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

Long, super straight (to the point where I can't curl it even if I wanted to!), and thin. It's shaved on both sides back to right behind my ears with super short bangs (for now.) My clippers are my best friends! I even use them to cut my bangs when I am going super short with them.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

Almost cut my bangs back to my hair line once woops! And I still haven't mastered cutting designs into hair. Sorry to all my friends I've tried this on so far!

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Not around my town! Mostly because anyone that wants a semi interesting hair cut HAS to do it themselves and there are a lot of us here! Asheville has some GREAT hair salons don't get me wrong. But all of the salons willing to do anything out of the norm are extremely extremely expensive.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

Measure twice, cut once! Be bold but make sure it's something you're committed to. Tears and hair are not a good combo! Also, having a friend around for your first try is never a bad idea. They'll help make sure you don't cut too much off!

Lori Aparentado 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Steadily for ~1 year but I also used to cut my hair a bit when I was a "scene" turd back in 2002-2003.

Why do you cut your own hair?

I moved away from Baltimore where I had a hair stylist I truly enjoyed going to see who was also super cheap. Also my hair is so short it's easy to just buzz off with a guard.

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

Thick and wavy/curly! I usually just shave the whole thing with a guard on an electric razor. Last time I used a 3 to get leftover dye out but normally I'll use a 6/5 on the top and a 4/3 on the sides & back.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

None, sowwy :(

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

To some degree. I'm sure there are people out there that think people who cut their own hair are just poor weirdos. If you feel comfortable and can give yourself a good haircut, there is no reason not to cut your own hair if you so desire.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

MIRRORS ARE YOUR FRIEND!!! Also, girls who wanna shave your heads but don't do it because dudes don't want you to- fuck 'em and DO IT! Feels awesome and you'll probably look really cute. Also a 7 or 8 guard really isn't that short, you don't look bald until you get into the 3 and under territory IMO.

Redge Demekanik

Ottawa-ish, Ontario

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

10 years

Why do you cut your own hair?

It can be done any time. It does not cost anything. I get the haircut I want most of the time.

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

I have my grandfather's hair type. It is salt and pepper now. It should not fall out for a long time

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

Once I could not see the back of my head using the standard double mirror mirror reflection because I did not have any mirrors or an old box of cereal to use as an edge guide, so I asked my wife to do the part I could not cut. She proceeded to cut and trim around the back of my ears and forgot to place the attachment on the clipper. She shaved a swath off hair right to the scalp. It looked like a run way up the side of my head.  

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

People who cut their own hair and neglect to trim the uneven parts are seen as disorganized, unstable and erratic. 

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

Try to look neat, that way nobody will suspect you are disorganized, unstable and erratic. 

Erin

Ottawa, Ontario

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Way too long. The first time was in elementary school but it was one of those jagged, "how did that kid get the scissors?" cuts.

Why do you cut your own hair?

I cut my own hair mostly because it is tough finding someone who has confidence cutting curly hair, also I am frugal :)

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

My hair type. Big. Red. Curly.
Techniques? Is "random" a technique? Mostly dry cut, angles instead of blunt cuts - so I guess not a whole lot has changed since that first jagged adventure. I now add layers by taking equal chunks of hair from either side of my part, twisting them together and snipping. I use scissors - just regular scissors.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

The worst move was cutting off long braids and ending up with a puffy pixie cut. Maybe the attempt at a Chelsea cut was pretty awful. But I had help with both so not exactly a "self-cut".

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Well, I know when I go in for a professional cut the stylist is usually offended or at the least confused.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

It grows back. Go slow, there is no rush. Check the internet for ideas, styles, dos and don'ts etc...  

Tara Inso

Grand Rapids, Michigan

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

10 lovely and experimental yearsyears

Why do you cut your own hair?

I don't trust anyone and this way I can only be frustrated with myself...then laugh about my mistakes.

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

Very thick full locks with the tiniest waves that frame my face. The guarded razor is my best friend. Sewing shears are te next best thing.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

I was having a dream, woke up from said dream grabbed my sewing shears cut my bob into a pixie and went back to sleep. Woke up very shocked because I didn't it wasn't all a dream. I bought a hat .

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Not until you tell them you do your own, then everyone is a critic and stylist . People mostly don't have guts to look like a fool for a month.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

A little bit goes a long way..

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

almost two years

Why do you cut your own hair?

save twelves of dollars a month

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

clippers. limp blonde hipster hair.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

my curl sometimes gets too long

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

yeah. cheapskates and abnormals do it. but it's economically responsible

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

do it. my nieghbour cuts my hair and i cut his. it was trail and error but now saves me a lot of money and now it's perfected to we're both pretty good at it.

Meg Kenny

Toronto, ON

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Years! not years and years, but I would say 2010. I've been self colouring it longer (since 2007).

Why do you cut your own hair?

In everyday conversation with people I'm not good at finding the right words to express my feelings or thoughts, so when I talk to stylists I get marbles in my mouth and i can't articulate what kinda hair cut I want, so then it ends up being shitty. If I cut it myself I don't really have to explain it to someone who doesn't already live in my brain.

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

I have straight-ish hair. according to my eyebrows, I am a brunette. I purchased a pair of pointed left handed scissors from a beauty supplier, and that's about it. I have a travel sized flat iron that I use (a my hair is shorter than my shoulders and doesn't need a full sized straightener) afterward. I'm trying to grow it out, so the only part of my DIY haircut lately is my bangs. I cut my hair when it's dry.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

lol 2 summers ago I cut and shaved my blonde hair into an under cut and it looked so ratty and awesome. I wore like a warrior braid with it. BUT WAIT THERES MORE. I then coloured the bleach blonde with "sunset henna" and it turned a bright pumpkin orange. with an undercut. I didn't go on a lot of dates.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

yes totally. When I was living at home, I would constantly get shamed from my mom when she realised I had cut or coloured my hair. She would book appointments for me and pay for them, that's how much she hated my home hairstyles. Even now, I have a part time desk job and some of the women will immediately bring to other women's attention that I had cut my bangs & that they're crooked or shit like that. i feel like going to the salon is such a luxury for some people and the fact that I cut my hair means that I don't have the cash to go, and that's why they look down or criticize. but like, i could budget going to get my bangs trimmed. i just don't want to. I want to get it done myself and look like 10 million dollars thanks to myself. 

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

don't be a wimp! it grows back. 

Emily Heffring

Toronto, Ontario

(Better late than never!)

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

About 2 years maybe? Patti was cutting it before hand and I would pretend trade her in beer but really I would just come over and mooch of their dinner and other such hospitalities (like their beer).

Why do you cut your own hair?

Hmmmm, well when I first moved to Toronto I tried to find an environmentally savvy organic place that wasn’t super hip or expensive, and that just didn’t exist. Also, the prices here are ridiculonkulous, and I was unemployed for a very long time with not much money, and a new baby kitty to feed, well you gotta prioritize. So then it was DIY, and now it’s just a thing I do and don’t really give it much thought.

What is your hair type? What technique do you use? What tools do you use?

I don’t know what types there are. I have a wave at the bottom that seems to get larger as my hair grows, and this is new since I’ve had short hair for a very long time. It’s..thick? When it was short, I just used a buzzer and I would do everything with it, trim my bangs, the back of my hair, shave sides, it was fun, and I was addicted to this device. Right now I use the scissors I found in my medicine cabinet probably left behind by an old roommates girlfriend. I have awesome mirrors for cutting hair, the sides fold in so I can see the sides of my head, and I just imagine what the back looks like..i wear a lot of hats. Mirrors are important. (so are hats!)

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder?

I don’t know why, but I would always want to cut my hair after a few drinks. This would happen literally every time I had some solo drinks at home, with no one to stop me I would hack and buzz, and to put this into context, I can pretty much get tipsy off one beer. I think at one point a friend was like, is your hair supposed to be lopsided? YES! (no). I still do this but not as often since I’m attempting to grow it out. Also I would like to point out that I helped Meg Kenny with her blunder. I’m a blunder enabler.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts?

So I’ve always had a very relaxed relationship with my hair, and being a former runway hair model (ahem), I saw a lot of strange straaaange haircuts, seriously, people did the WEIRDEST stuff to their hair. (I was convinced that cutting my bangs to the root was a good idea, I looked like a monk for 3 months). Anyway, I think maybe I judge people who go to fancy salons to get trendy wacky hair cuts more than I would ever judge my buddy trimming their bangs. And also, bang trims cost 10 bucks (2 years ago)! What gives! However probably someone somewhere has an opinion about self-haircuts. These are probably the same people that voted for Rob Ford.

What words of wisdom do you have?

Honestly, what have you got to lose? And when else is it socially acceptable to stare at yourself in the mirror for a solid 30 minutes? 

Sean McCormick

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

I started cutting my own hair at 15 years old, i am 31 now. until I was 27 I cut my own hair exclusively and saw no need for a barber. Around 4 years ago I got my first cut from someone else when my girlfriend at the time insisted on it. I've been getting it cut at a barber or from my friend JoJo ever since but this weekend I plan on cutting my own hair for the first time in 4 years again.

Why do you cut your own hair?

Because its cheap, I got pretty good at it and saw no need to go to a barber. I also find having a stranger cut my hair awkward and uncomfortable at times. I had always gone to a chain barber shop until i started cutting my own hair and I realized their haircuts sucked. 

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

I've got a good head of luscious hair with a cowlick and one whorl which is finicky to cut sometimesand sticks up. I use a #2 #3 and #4 attachment on some clippers and a pair of scissors. Also a safety razor for my sideburns and back of the head.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

I've screwed up my ears/sideburns quite a few times which results in me buzzing my hair way shorter than I planned. When I was 15 I had a skater flop style cut and tried to bleach it with peroxide. I did it, realized I went way overboard and my dad did not like it at all. So I put black manic panic in my hair to make it look "more natural"(I have light brown hair) The next day was the first time I cut my own hair.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Not really, I think it's a good idea. If its not a disaster. I know some women are VERY particular about their hair, in which case I would not recommend cutting your own hair

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

Use clippers and a guard, you can only fuck it up so bad. Have a friend clean up the back for you

Lily

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Since high school (I'm now 27)

Why do you cut your own hair?

So I can spend all my money on food, because I don't like strangers touching me, and because I have a lot of rad haircut concepts inside, needing to get out (onto my head).

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

I have thin, straight hair which lies very flat and is not very forgiving (unlike my boyfriend's curly hair, which I also cut, and which basically kind of fills itself in even if I cut it too short), so I have to be careful not to cut straight across. I use clippers a lot.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

When I first started cutting my own hair in high school, I kind of just didn't cut the back, cause I couldn't really see or reach it all that well, so I had some pretty atrocious mullet situations.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

I work in a fancy office, but everyone's been pretty tolerant of my sketchy hair. However, I also have white privilege, so people have a lot more tolerance for my hairstyles than they would if I were, say, a black person with dreads, judging by everything I've heard.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

It grows back. Go for it!

Clara Bee

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

9 years, approximately.

Why do you cut your own hair?

I have never left a hair studio dry-eyed. My hair is thick, frizzy, and curly. Most hair dressers do not know what to do with it!

I also don't have enough money to get my hair cut. I moved to Toronto from my Prairie hometown six years ago and the average "really good" hair cut went from $40 to $100.

Furthermore, I like cutting my own hair! I know I'll be happy with what I do, and I have ultimate control. 

What is your hair type? What techniques do you use? What tools do you use?

My hair is thick, frizzy, and curly - my mother is Mediterranean and my dad is a Mediterranean/Western European mix. My hair is currently the longest it's ever been (to my armpits) in my adult life.

I have a pair of thinning shears which I ordered from ebay, clippers, and a sharp pair of sewing shears. I mostly just use the sewing shears these days as I'm not doing anything much more drastic than trimming my bangs and split ends. In the past, however, I maintained a side-shave with the clippers and committed reasonably seriously to layers with the thinning shears.

Hair elastics and crocodile clips help to keep lines clean/hair out of the way when I'm working in sections.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder? (If you have one!)

I once forgot to put the safety guard on my clippers. Enough said.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts? Explain.

Not amongst my fellow skiddy punks, but yeah, for sure in the Real World. When I had an office job, I was seen as someone who clearly didn't prioritize "looking good" because of my home haircuts!

In general, though, it's hard for me to tell - because my hair type is a bit unusual or unconventional and I don't spend time straightening it or forcing it to look more standard-white-girl, people already kind of think I have "bad hair". The DIY hair cuts just amplify it, probably.

What words of wisdom do you have for someone who might be considering snipping their own locks?

Do it. Have a friend spot you the first time! Use mirrors that face each other so you can get the back. Be brave and go slow. Put on a great playlist, and have fun! Oh, and remember - it'll grow back, so no worries if there are a couple of imperfections!

Patricia Youn

Toronto, Ontario

How long have you been cutting your own hair?

Probably about 6 or 7 years?

Why do you cut your own hair?

I appreciate a skill that someone dedicates themselves to master. When it comes to haircutting, I have no aspirations of opening a salon. In fact, I don’t really think about what I’m actually doing half the time. Years ago, I was all about pretty dresses and ass-long hair. But as I became more involved in bike and DIY culture, I traded in my skirts for cut offs, long locks for buzz cuts. There’s never been that desire to pay someone to style and cut my hair. So when I started to cut it, it was more out of practically.

What is your hair type? What technique do you use? What tools do you use?

Thick and black. No seriously, you could probably weave a bullet proof vest with it. The techniques I utilize are 1. find any sharp tool, and hack. 2. make sure to only use one mirror so that the back is visually inaccessible. 3. try to cover up inadvertent bald spots with mink oil/india ink. Tools: I’ve used scissors, buzzer, box cutter, shank, fire (accidental). Sometimes my cat chews my hair. Off.

What is your biggest self-haircut blunder?

When I started to trim my hair shorter and shorter, I thought that it would be funny to leave a little strand in the back of my head. I have no idea where the idea came from, but it was meant as a joke. This joke went on for almost 3 years. A mighty rat tail slithered out from under my hats. From Patricia to Ratty-Cakes… I began inspiring others to grow their own tails. At least 3 others, Thom, Willa, Roberto… I was the Rat King. On top of the rodent pyramid scheme! My minions made me proud…Then I realized that this was getting out of hand. People told me to seek help. Friends began hiding their snacks and wouldn't invite me over. My cats stared at me with a sinister grin. It had to end when I was caught chewing a kraft dinner box in the neighbour’s yard.  

On a bitter spring afternoon, I took a box cutter and severed my tail. With a final squeal, it dissipated into the atmosphere and fell to the ground helplessly, morphing into a rod of dust that blew into the wind. I watched the cloud of my identity scatter atop the dishes and cups in the kitchen. Then I started to shave my head, and it felt amazing.

Do you think there is a social stigma surrounding self-haircuts?

Yes. People seem to be afraid of “doing it themselves” It’s quirky (I fucking hate that word) and kitschy (barf). I know people who are proud of their inability to cook for themselves! 

The thought of cutting one’s own hair is an act outside of social conventions. Especially with a box cutter. So is eating a discarded cardboard box…for some reason.

What words of wisdom do you have?

Clean your god damn buzzer out. The anonymous hair bits will impede vibration, and will pull your hair instead of cutting it. Also, having a few drinks before self mutilation always helps... If you’re straight edge, don’t even bother.

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