Does your hair need a trim and you would like to do it yourself, but not sure where to start? That’s why your girl is here. To show you how to navigate this natural hair journey and if DIY is your thing, I’m your girl as well.
I started off with stretched hair. Remember I said I was stretching my hair with African threading so that I can trim it in my last post? Well, this is the trim I was talking about. In this post, I want to share with you how I trim my hair. Well, there are 2 methods that I use, one more than the other but still they are 2 and I want to let you in on both of them.
I divided my hair into 2 sections and on one section, I took smaller sections of hair in between my 2 fingers and then trimmed off the part that needed to go. Split ends must go. No discussion there. Using this method, there is always the risk of cutting way more than necessary especially if your hair is short like mine and you are relying on the mirror or camera screen to guide you on what to trim. However, getting the hair in between the 2 fingers is of much help and such accidents come far in between. Getting my hair to be all level is not much of a priority when I am trimming my own hair because my hair never grows even anyway. There are some parts that struggle more than others.
And, on the other side, I did some loose twists and then trim the ends of the twists. This in my view is the safest especially if your hair is not long enough that you can bring the part you are trimming before your eyes and trim. If you are relying on the mirror to guide you on where to trim, this one here is the safest because it ensures only the ends of the twist are trimmed.
When should I be trimming ends?
It is important to trim split ends as and when necessary. I’m not a big fan of trimming ends as per routine. Only when it is necessary, then you trim. I trimmed my hair 5 months ago and I am trimming now because my hair needs it.
But why trim ends?
I know, some of you may be asking. Well, it is still very important to trim split ends even when you’re on a hair growth journey. If you don’t trim those ends, they will keep splitting and will make your ends thinner and thinner and then they will break off. Because the split is still there, it keeps on splitting and the breakage becomes a vicious cycle. Your hair will be breaking as fast as it grows from your scalp. In the end, you will not be able to retain much length. Besides, your ends will be so thin, and it doesn’t look good at all. So, the best thing to do is to just get rid of those ends.
How do you even know that your hair needs a trim?
- the ends often appear thinner than usual and this is more noticeable on stretched hair although one can still see that the ends are thinner even on a wash n go.
- you are experiencing a lot of breakage. As in, when you wash your hair or comb it, you are noticing a lot of coils of hair that are often in the form of a sickle. These hairs will not remain on your brush or comb but go straight down to your dressing table or shower flow. That is breakage on your ends and when it becomes more than usual, then you may have split ends that must go.
- you can also inspect your hair regularly to see if it is splitting or ask a friend or your stylist to do an inspection.
In a nutshell, you should know your hair so that you are aware of any changes in behaviour.
Here is what I managed to trim from the first method and the second. Do, the comparison. Do you trim your own hair? What method do you use? Please share with us in the comments section below. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel Natural Sisters if you are a natural sister like me and you would like to join this tribe. Otherwise thank you so much for coming by. I will see you on the next one. May God bless you more than you can ever imagine. Happy trimming.