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How to thin thick hair?

post #1 of 16
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Everytime I go to the barber/hair salon they cut my hair too short and it takes at least a week for it to regain some shape.

I've got to look good tomorrow night and I like the shape my hair has now, it's just a tad bulky/thick.

Anyway to thin out my hair myself to avoid going to the barber? I know they use those razorcombs... can those be bought in a store?
post #2 of 16
I've seen thinning scissors.
post #3 of 16
if you NEED it for tomorrow, i'd advise against cutting your own hair, especially if you have no idea wtf you're doing. reason i DONT think you know what you're doing - is you're asking what you need to use. a regular razor blade can work, though not good if you have no experience on hair with them. thinning shears are your best bet. they can get pricey though! my hairdresser paid $500 for her pair! while searching for a picture to throw up, i found this text im just copying out instead of typing out my thoughts [which mirror this paste] Thinning shears are merely scissors with notches along the blades cut out. If you use the thinning shears on a chunk of hair, what they do is cut some of the strands where the blade is and leave others uncut. That's how they "thin" your hair. Stylists use the thinning shears on a chunk of hair buy starting about three inches out from the head with one cut, then moving down a little for the next, and a little more for the next cut, all with the same chunk of hair. In my own experience, I have found that holding the shears up and down instead of sideways makes the different hair lengths blend a lot better. ^^^ 100% agreed with this
post #4 of 16
^^This guy's got it right. But don't do it yourself - go to a hairdresser. Thinning shears and razorcombs are not easy to use, and you'd probably have to go to a specialist store to get them. My advice - get an appointment with a hairdresser and tell them you like what you have, you just want it thinned out a bit. Problem solved.
post #5 of 16
Never cut your hair on your own.

Remember that besides your shoes, the hair is the thing that gives away most about you than anything else.
post #6 of 16
Needing thinning scissors because your hair is too thick! I could live with that problem. That is right in there with my wallet is so fat with hundreds I can't fit it into my pocket, what should I do?
post #7 of 16
My hair is terribly (terrifically?) thick. If I want to leave the length, I go to the barber and have him just thin it out, and maybe add some texture to the top. The thinning shears add texture on their own as well. But the barber obviously cleans up my sideburns, the back of my neck, and other unkempt portions of the cut. And then you're good to go for another 2-3 weeks with manageable hair. The other advantage is that any barber can do this. Obviously you know who you like, but for the most part, for $12, you can get this done. Bonus if they use a straight razor on the neck. Walk out, feel like a man.
post #8 of 16
Why would one continue to go to the same barber if one didn't like the results?
post #9 of 16
You need a new Stylist.

Ive done the cheap barber, Ive done the over priced hairdresser who think they are worth the rediculous price they charge, and now I think I have the right person.

You need to find someone who is able to look at your face and your head and come up with something that will suite you and look cool. The only direction you should give them is that around how conservative/wild/riske do you want the hair style to be.

I kept asking my current stylist when I first started 'what do you think!'. If they cannot give you a good answer and they charge an arm and a leg then don't go back. Being a hairstylist is not just about cutting hair but also have an eye and imagination on how the mop on your head is going to turn out.

On the flip side you traditional barber who does the cheap haricut you will find does the same haircut style for all of this customers.
post #10 of 16
I hate my hair (although I have often been told how enviable it is--if I was a woman)...I have similar issues with bulk--it is extremely poofy. I am clueless as to what to do with it. I have sought the advice of innumerable cheap strip-mall barbers, and I have never quite been satisfied with the result. I'm considering going somewhere upmarket and receiving a "style consultation." My usual haircut is around 25 before tip, but the price listing for this service is $50 for the cut and $55+ for a "consultation" (I'm not sure if I can just somehow sneak the "consultation" into the mix without charge by just innocently asking what they think would look good before they start). I'm a bit concerned about the "+." Is $100 an insane amount of money for a haircut, or is this standard issue for somewhere well-known that does the occasional celebrity?
post #11 of 16
Have you considered male pattern baldness? I wish I had the same problem as you. My hair is thin as shit and I'm just considering buzzing my head again.
post #12 of 16
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post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by mulansauce View Post
I hate my hair (although I have often been told how enviable it is--if I was a woman)...I have similar issues with bulk--it is extremely poofy.

I am clueless as to what to do with it. I have sought the advice of innumerable cheap strip-mall barbers, and I have never quite been satisfied with the result. I'm considering going somewhere upmarket and receiving a "style consultation." My usual haircut is around 25 before tip, but the price listing for this service is $50 for the cut and $55+ for a "consultation" (I'm not sure if I can just somehow sneak the "consultation" into the mix without charge by just innocently asking what they think would look good before they start).

I'm a bit concerned about the "+." Is $100 an insane amount of money for a haircut, or is this standard issue for somewhere well-known that does the occasional celebrity?

i think spending that money on haircuts is STUPID. mine cost $20 and have yet to be botched (believe me, i have high standards with my hair) and i make my hair dresser work! i have three different very lengths (sides/back, top, bangs) and it all blends/harshly defined in different areas.
if your haircut looks simple, it is, and isn't worth $$$$.
girls compliment not critique so im not convinced more $ = better.

only girls with intricate styles should be paying that sort of scrilla, srsly
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by mulansauce View Post
I hate my hair (although I have often been told how enviable it is--if I was a woman)...I have similar issues with bulk--it is extremely poofy.

I am clueless as to what to do with it. I have sought the advice of innumerable cheap strip-mall barbers, and I have never quite been satisfied with the result. I'm considering going somewhere upmarket and receiving a "style consultation." My usual haircut is around 25 before tip, but the price listing for this service is $50 for the cut and $55+ for a "consultation" (I'm not sure if I can just somehow sneak the "consultation" into the mix without charge by just innocently asking what they think would look good before they start).

I'm a bit concerned about the "+." Is $100 an insane amount of money for a haircut, or is this standard issue for somewhere well-known that does the occasional celebrity?

I pay about 100% too, I guess it's expensive but I don't really mind as she's a really good stylist.
post #15 of 16
You can use thinning scissors with a staggered blade, but what you should do in the future is go to a good hair salon for your haircuts. In my experience, white people don't know how to cut hair and charge too much so I would recommend a Japanese or Korean run hair salon (viet and chinese would be good for a $5 buzz but not much else). In America you'll probably pay at least $40 with tip (yes that is being ripped off for a man's haircut, but it's still better than $100) but you don't really have a choice in your country.
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