Trimming ones hair is one of those unfortunate things that need to happen if you want to maintain healthy ends and healthy looking hair. When I had relaxed hair, I hated trimming my hair because it equated to a loss in length. Since becoming natural, I have become the opposite, in the beginning of my natural hair journey, I was so scissor happy – luckily that has died down now. I recently trimmed my hair and I have decided to share the knowledge of the whole process.
Why trim your hair?
As mentioned above, trimming your hair keeps it in good health i.e. you don’t have any ‘weak’ hair. It also gives your hair better appearance – straggly ends are not the business at all!
Ways to tell that you need a trim?
I knew that my hair needed trimming when I noticed that my ends were thin when I had my hair in 2 strand twists. Another tell tale sign was that I was getting a lot of tangling and excessive knotting on the ends of my hair. Split ends are also a way to tell that you need a trim – and no, there is no way to mend/fix split ends other than trimming that portion of hair away.
How often should you trim your hair?
I do not think that there should be a set and fast frequency that you should trim your hair, it all depends. Other people are very good at taking care of their hair and require less trims and others are the opposite. So this is where your intuition comes in, and you have to assess your hair personally and decided whether a trim is needed or not. I would not recommend sticking to a ‘I trim my hair 4 times a year’ type of rule.
How to trim your hair
There are various ways to prepare your hair for trimming. You can trim it when it’s stretched or in it’s shrunken state, you can trim it if it’s wet or dry or while you have conditioner on it (this helps when you are big chopping after transitioning), you can braid/twist it before trimming or trim it free hand. The choice doesn’t really matter, it is all dependent on what you feel comfortable with. You can even go to the salon to get it trimmed, but ensure that your stylist knows that you want to trim and not cut – I’ve heard horror stories about stylists being scissor happy and going against everything that the client had asked for.
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Tools for trimming
The most important tool for trimming is the right type of scissors, please please use hair scissors! This is not a time to be thrify and think that you can get away with it by using normal scissors. I found the hair scissors that I use at Dischem. It’s also impotant to only use these scissors for trimming your hair only, don’t use them for anything else.
My hair looks so much better after the trim and I definitely have less knotting at the ends than before I trimmed. I am happy that I took the plunge. My hair wasn’t quite straight when I trimmed it, thus I do not know the exact length that I trimmed off, but that doesn’t really matter to me at all. However, if you are interested, I took a picture of the amount of hair that I got rid of in total.
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You can read more about my natural hair journey here.