Why trimming natural hair is soooo important? Could it be a key factor to your natural hair growth? Today we are looking into how to make trimming natural hair fun and easy for even beginners!
Why Trimming Natural Hair Is Key To Your Hair Growth!
Trimming your natural hair is something that I am sure that it have crossed your mind a few times.
If you are not sure and fear to make a mistake when it comes to trimming, then you should not trim your own hair.
You should probably consult with a stylist to get a better trim.
For sure, no one wants split ends that make your natural hair look dry and damaged.
Many of us hang onto damaged hair but it’s best to cut them off so you can continue on your healthy natural hair journey.
You may ask, how often you should get a trim? I believe you should get a trim every eight weeks or if you check your hair often when needed.
Ultimately, you should trim your hair when your ends warrant it.
Why Do You Need to Trim Your Natural Hair?
Trimming natural hair is must to healthy natural hair growth even if you don’t have split ends and your hair is perfectly healthy.
As your curly hair grows longer, it may thin out at the ends due to its age and continuous manipulation.
That is why trimming is so important! It will help mitigate this and also protect from future damage.
One more thing, a fresh trim means your ends will become fuller. This will make your hairstyles be more lively with bouncy ends too.
If you have your hair out you can trim your hair 2 – 3 times a year irrespective of how healthy your natural hair is.
If you wear protective styles most of the time like wigs long term, You can go ahead and trim lightly 1 – 2 times a year.
Does Trimming Natural Hair Encourage Hair Growth?
No, trimming natural hair Will not make your natural hair grow but It can help you maintain great ends which will result in less breakage.
Hair trimming should be done to remove thinning natural hair cuticles and to reduce breakage.
In simple words, trimming is meant to slow breakage or even stop it for a while so that your natural hair has the ability to continue growing versus breaking off.
Your hair strands usually get thinner as they grow away from the scalp.
As the hair tapers off, the cuticle wears away. The microscopic layers get stripped off one layer at a time.
That is why your hair is weaker at the ends and is more susceptible to damage from various elements.
Your hair ends are older because new growth continuously pushes it farther from the scalp.
Here is what to do when it comes to trimming natural hair, knowledge is key!
Invest In The Right Tools
For a great trim, step away from your regular household scissors if you want a good cut.
You should use a pair of cutting shears to get that salon-quality trim at home.
Shears are sharper than household scissors and give a precise cut. Good shears don’t have to be expensive either; you can get a quality pair for around $10.
You’ll also need some hair clips to section your natural hair properly.
Now that you know the right tools to get before the fun begins, here are a few ways that you can trim your hair at home.
Trimming Natural Hair With The Dusting Technique
Dusting is done while you are searching through individual sections of hair for splits and snipping off the ends.
Dusting your natural hair can take a significant amount of time so try this method only if you have about half a day to kill.
Here is a simple method for dusting your natural hair:
If your natural hair is healthy, you can go ahead and use this method. If your natural hair is damaged and has a lot of split ends though, then go for the traditional full trim which is best for your hair situation.
The Twist or braid method
This method is done by separating your natural hair into sections, and twisting or braiding into smaller sections.
Then, trim each twist one at a time while making sure to only cut one-fourth to one-half an inch. If you have shorter hair this method will work best on you.
Trimming Your Hair While Stretched
This method is great for beginners. You would part your natural hair in medium-sized vertical sections, and then spray your ends with some water.
Next, you should go ahead and detangle the hair. Then, use a comb to stretch your natural hair, and hold it tight between your fingers to clip the damaged split ends.
The Blow-Dry And Flat Iron Trimming Method
This technique is better for naturals with longer hair.
After washing your natural hair and applying a heat protectant, blow-dry, and lightly flat iron.
This will make it easier to achieve an even finish.
Next, place a section between your fingers, smooth it out with a comb from roots to ends, and dust your hair evenly to get rid of the ends that are damaged.
The Famous “Search and destroy method”
This is a known method among many naturals. It involves searching for split ends and damaged natural hair and only trimming those strands. Achieving evenness or layers is not the priority.
Get The Full Trim
Getting a regular trim may seem similar to dusting, but it has a different result. Dusting is about general maintenance, designed to remove damage in the form of splits and knots.
Trimming is designed to establish a healthy base of natural hair since it takes off more length than a dusting.
This can enable you to more successfully use the dusting method or conduct a search and destroy mission in the future.
We generally consider cutting your natural hair “a trim” when you cut off more than half an inch. It’s common for many ladies to get regular trims every few months.
Tips & Popular Methods for Trimming Natural Hair
Trimming is definitely beneficial because it removes split ends and cuts off knots that can’t be unraveled.
It makes the cuticle ends as sharp and healthy as possible. The older, damaged ends are removed.
When trimming your natural hair, there are three factors to consider:
- The length of your natural hair
- How much hair damage you have
- How much length you’re willing to sacrifice
Keep in mind that using a really sharp pair of trimming scissors is necessary for the cleanest cut possible.
Use hair shears and not just any pair of scissors lying around the house, because hair scissors are made for trimming purposes.
Don’t forget to use a mirror and trim your natural hair in a bright environment with enough good lighting.
These are many ways that you can trim your natural hair, and they are each equally effective in their own way.
Before you start, make sure you are confident and then pick which method best fits your hair’s needs. Remember, if you are not comfortable cutting or trimming your own hair, then consult a hairstylist and get a professional trim.
There you have it, Why Trimming Natural Hair Is Key To Your Hair Growth!
How do you trim your natural hair?
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