If you are going for the Brillo pad look, the best thing you can do for your hair is not to trim it. Those frizzy ends enhance the overall wild abandon of the fried look. If you want something a bit more fashionable and a lot less shocking, you have to trim. It’s very tempting not to trim curly hair because it never seems to grow, but you have to get the frizzy ends off or risk the wrath of Brillo.
Keep it dry, and comb through your curls with a wide-toothed comb. Things are going to get frizzy, but don’t worry. You can wet down when you are done. Part it in the middle and comb it straight down.
Start in the back. Tilt your head forward and carve out an inch of hair right in the middle. Sweep the hair on either side of the section over your shoulders to keep it out of the way. Comb the section straight down, clamping it between the first two fingers of you left hand close to the ends. Keep your fingers parallel with the floor.
Keep the hair clamped tightly with your fingers, but release tension from the section by lifting your hand toward your scalp just a bit. You will release the tension from every section before you cut it.
Trim half an inch of hair from the section.
Pull another 1-inch section of hair to the back from either side. Cut even with the first cut, following the same steps. Keep pulling hair from both sides in section and cutting until you have trimmed all your hair around the bottom.