How to Thin Really Thick Hair With Thinning Shears

Add layers to thick hair to help thin it out.

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If heavy hair weighs you down and you just don't have the money for a beauty cash injection to fix your 'do, try home styling to get peace of mind and freedom of movement. User-friendly thinning shears won't ruin your 'do, since they're designed to grab some hairs while leaving others long. Thin three times a year to reduce poofy hair, tame long locks for easier styling and save cash. While the first time seems stressful, this is valuable skill that won't take long to master.

1.

Brush or comb your hair until it's smooth.

2.

Spend a few minutes checking yourself out in the mirror. If you've got any jitters, this is time for the pep talk: don't worry, girl, you'll be fine and more importantly, you'll look fine when it's all done. Notice where your hair's thick. Women with long hair can thin out the ends through slithering and the top through point cutting, while women with short cuts concentrate only on the top of the hair to give it spiky layers.

3.

Hold up a 1-inch section of hair on the top of your head. To point cut the hair, bring the thinning shears in and down, working at a 45 degree angle. Cut into the hair to remove body from the sides for more movement and styling ease. Work from the end down as much as 1/2 of the hair's length. Once you've thinned out a chunk, let it go and grab the hair beside it. Hold this perpendicular to your head and thin it, too. To notch, perform the same motions but cut just a couple inches into the hair. A couple cuts down and you're on your way to becoming a pro!

4.

Thin out the top of your hair, then step back and look in the mirror. Hello, gorgeous. By now you're looking and feeling lighter, but should see no major changes to your style.

5.

Pull a section of hair from the back of your head out perpendicular to slither. Instead of cutting, slide the scissors from the hair out to the edges to get a gradual fade that removes extra volume. Work your way across the back of your hair to strip weight from the ends while keeping your feminine finish.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Brush or comb

2.Thinning shears

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Thinning shears do no favors for women with already thin or fine hair, so only bulky-haired babes should use these.

 

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