How would one say that ones hair needs a trim?

"Mein Haar braucht einen Schnitt?" I think this is "My hair needs a cut."

But how would one say " a trim," as in walking into the Hair Salon and saying: " I just need a trim, please." "Bitte, ich will nur Abschneiden." perhaps?

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    Be careful! Abschneiden isn't trimming but trimming to zero (or near zero). Trimming is kürzen or nachschneiden. And don't use the English trimming either, because the hairdresser could understand she should use a Haartrimmer (and trim to near zero, of course.)
    – Janka
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 0:37
  • Perhaps something with "nachschneiden", but this is not my area of expertise.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 11:24

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"Mein Haar braucht einen Schnitt?", would be understood, but sounds a bit funny. Kind of like a word play that a native would use. Normally one would say something like: "Meine Haare müssen geschnitten werden." or "Ich möchte meine Haare schneiden lassen." However if you enter a Friseursalon, this is usually assumed. The main information to transmit is what exactly you want. First of all you would want to pick among: Schneiden, Waschen, Färben...., which you can combine with und or nur. For instance you could say:

Nur Schneiden bitte.

Waschen und Schneiden bitte

Assuming that with "I just need a trim, please.", you mean that they only need to do a small "refresh", that would be:


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    I would also like to suggest "Nur Spitzen schneiden, bitte" - "Only trim the ends, please."
    – jera
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 8:04

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