Trimming and washing your natural hair are two very important things that will lead to moisture retention and healthier hair strands. However just how often we do both of those things makes the biggest difference over all.
Trimming is the most effective way to get rid of damaged hair and split ends. We all have them because curly hair is prone to dryness by nature. By removing dead ends the appearance and feel of your hair will improve 100% and will leave you with nothing but healthy hair strands.
The Effects of Never Trimming
There aren’t any detrimental effects on the hair by not trimming but this practice can cause a somewhat domino effect. For Example, say you’ve been natural for three years and have never trimmed your hair. The curly nature of natural hair requires a lot of moisture and sometimes the hair does get dry causing damage to the hair. The tighter the curl pattern and the finer your hair strand the more susceptible you are to single strand knots which are normal to get. Now your styles and curls aren’t as defined and the appearance of your ends are wild and feel crispy. Your single strand knots are begetting more knots and your split ends are now traveling up and ruining entire hair strands. So you finally decide to go for a trim and end up losing several inches of hair which you could have minimised had you trimmed your ends earlier. Thus the domino effect and serious length loss.
Can I Trim My Own Hair?
Many wonder if you need your hair professionally trimmed the answer is yes and no. I’d say no only if you’re hair is cut in a specific style and you want to maintain the fabulousness. I say yes in cases where you’ve been trimming your own hair and can visually see improvements from doing so. Trimming the hair is no art it’s simply removing damaged hair but having the eye for these ends and removing them all adequately without cutting off too much is not as easy as it sounds.
The Right Trimming Utensils
First off a good pair of sheers or cuticle scissors will suffice ordinary kitchen or crafts scissors won’t do. Each style of scissors have their own type of blade, cuticles scissors are the closest thing to sheers which are used in professional cutting and trimming. The blade is sharp and the handle is made specifically to cut hair at all angles comfortably. You need these clean cut’s so that your hair strand isn’t damaged by dull jagged scissors that can cause split ends.
How Often Should You Trim?
After your first trim you won’t need one for at least six months any sooner will be cutting off length that your hair has worked hard to grow. Pay attention to your hair, if you see an abundance of knots and split ends and it hasn’t been at least 6 months then your hair has a moisture issue. Addressing this first then going for a trim would be the best thing to do thus fixing the issue permanently leading to length retention.
Why Trimming Often Is Bad
Trimming the hair is only necessary to address specific issues such as the removal of damaged hair and split ends. If you’re trimming regularly as a preventive measure or “just because” then all you’re really doing is unnecessarily removing length. Trimming your hair often will not make a big difference in the health of your natural hair, only moisture does that.
How Much Is Too Much?
A good rule of thumb to follow is if you’re cutting off more than 3 centimeters of hair each time there is a moisture issue within your hair. When healthy hair is trimmed usually no more than a few centimeters is needed to be removed. One exception is if you have singles strand knots that are kind of high up on the hair strand.
How To Trim On Your Own
Trimming your own hair is tricky but definitely doable as long as you’re knowledgable of what not to do. Be sure to trim in sections when the hair is wet. Stretch your curls down in each section and study the hair very closely. Damaged hair will be translucent and appear “wild looking” as well as being a different texture from the rest. Trim the hair as far down as possible as not to remove any healthy hair.
How I Trim
I put my hair in twist in several sections (usually about ten) and I study the ends of my hair. This makes it easy to remove all of them adequately at once because you can actually spot where the damaged hair is.
Trimming Split Ends
Be sure that when you’re removing split ends to cut a bit above where the hair stops splitting. This will ensure that you have removed all of the damaged part of the hair shaft.
Trimming/Cutting Single Strand Knots
When cutting single strand knots be careful not to pull on the hair strand too hard and to cut directly above the knot to minimise length loss. It will be hard removing a few inches of hair because of how high the knot is but it has to go at sometime. Knots can catch on to other hair’s and cause more knots so you’re doing yourself a favor!
The protective layer of our hair (the cuticle) wares down from combing, heat usage and chemicals so trimming is a necessity. Trimming your hair is a skill that can be learned and if you’re unsure go to a professional. They have the eye for removing all damaged ends that will lead to each and every curl being defined because you’re getting rid of dead weight. The difference in the appearance and feel of your hair will make you not miss the length that you’ve trimmed away and your styles will look even better!
***Remember there’s a difference between cutting and trimming, cutting refers to the removal of hair for a hairstyle and a trim is for the removal of damaged hair.