trimming short hair at homeKeeping short hair shaped and in line is an ongoing thing. It’s like vacuuming, dusting and making your bed. No matter what, it never freaking ends. It always and will always, have to be done.

Just get used to it. Accept it and understand that you will get used to doing it. If you want to represent out here in these short hair streets, there are just some things that you will have to do. It is what it is. The payoff is worth it, though and you will come to think of it as just a simple thing you do to your hair.

Trimming is a lot different than full on cutting your own hair at home. You don’t need to feel as intimidated about trimming as you might about cutting your hair. It’s basically just cleaning up the sides. Because it’s not a major cut, it’s also less likely that you’ll eff it up. So get ready to learn and be confident.



Trimming short hair at home needs to happen because hair on different parts of your head grows at different rates. And because of the shape of a pixie or short hair cut, you will have to trim the sections that grow out of the desired shape.

Getting your hair cut will be something you will learn to do at a frequency that fits your lifestyle and your hair’s growth rate. But, no matter what your haircut schedule is, you will probably not be able to avoid the trim that needs to happen between cuts.

Many women choose to go to a professional to get trims as well as their cuts. If that suits you, then be my quest. However, here on, we are DIY’ers, so the focus is on learning how to do it at home so that you aren’t obligated to hit up the salon.



To get started, you want to get prepared. Get a pair of good shears. You can find a decent pair for around $20.00. What you don’t want to do is skimp and get a pair of cheap, raggedy shears. This is not the place to cut costs. If you want to know where to cut costs and still get amazing results, subscribe below and be notified when my next eBook How To Save $2,000.00 on Hair Care drops.

Any who, get some good shears. Look for the smaller sized ones. There are some shears that are lager than others. Be sure to pay attention to the size when you’re shopping for them and get a smaller pair. The small ones are much easier to control and that control will lessen the chances of you cutting yourself. Especially if you’re new to this whole thing.

You may also want to pick up a razor comb which will help you blend or cover up any minor mistakes. I don’t usually use a razor comb when I trim up my hair, but I have in the past and it is a handy tool for beginners.

You will need 2 mirrors. One large mirror and one handheld mirror. I stand in the bathroom and use the bathroom mirror as my main mirror. Then I use the handheld mirror to see the details of where I’m placing the shears before I actually cut my hair.

You want to use the large mirror to see the shape of your head and your overall haircut. The small mirror is for that detailed work you’re gonna be putting in.

I hope this is obvious, but I will say it anyway. You will also need a comb. Preferably a small tooth comb. You want to be able to really pick the hair up off the scalp, so get a comb that works for your hair length and texture.


Ok. Now down to the nitty gritty. The key to trimming is to understand the shape of your original haircut. Then you want to ID where your hair has grown out of that shape. Those are the places you want to target and trim.

For me, those places are always over the top of my ear and my edges near my temples. But, it will be different for everyone. I also have to trim up near the back of my hear and down toward the nape of my neck.

Since this is not easy to explain in words, I’m going to insert my video tutorial for you to watch. I walk you through each step and trim my hair on camera so you can see what it is that I do. There are a ton of helpful tips in there, so be sure to watch it from start to finish.

I hope you guys find this helpful. If you have questions, please leave them in the comments and I will get back to you. Until next time…I’ll holla.