Trimming natural hair is an important step in a healthy hair care regimen and potential hair growth. After months of trying to do it on my own, I finally visited Tamika from Wesley Styles for a much-needed trim and blowout. I had a lot of length, but my ends were so bad I had to cut at least 2-3 inches off. There are several factors in our everyday lives such as manipulation, weather and rubbing across certain material that leads up to needing a trim.
How Often Should You Trim Natural Hair?
Just like scheduling appointments for the doctor and dentist, trimming natural hair should be a seasonal routine. I try my best to get a trim every six months and my stylist is encouraging me to visit every 6-8 weeks.
Do You Have to Straighten Your Natural Hair to Get a Trim?
A common myth about trimming natural hair is you need to straighten it in order to get a trim. You DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT have to straighten your natural hair to get a trim. Common methods for trimming natural hair at home without straightening include the search and destroy method or sectioning in twists.
Signs You Need to Trim Your Hair
Whether you trim your natural hair yourself or leave it to a professional stylist, here are five signs you need to trim your natural hair.
Single Strand Knots
Single strand knots are a process where the stands of your hair essentially tie around each other causing a knot. I love a quick wash and go, but they often lead to a single strand or “fairy” knots. There is also the possibility of your hair becoming more difficult to detangle when washing. If you’re experiencing this, get those hair shears or make an appointment with your stylist as soon as possible. To avoid single strand knots, wear stretched and protective styles.
Lack of Volume
Look at some pictures. I personally like my hair to look voluminous. If it isn’t displaying in photos or in the mirror AND I notice the signs mentioned above, I know it’s time to call Tamika to get a trim.
Split and Frayed Ends
Split and frayed ends can be visibly seen (and felt) when washing, doing a twist-out or braid-out. Not only do they look damaged, but split ends can also lead to breakage and stunted growth. If you are someone that is serious about their hair journey, learn to “listen to your hair” and get a trim when you begin to see or feel those split ends.
Growing out a tapered cut or bob? Sometimes the back and sides of our hair grow at different paces. In order to get a uniform look during the grow-out phase, make an appointment with your stylist to get a nice shape.
You Can’t Remember Your Last Trim
If you can’t remember the last time you trimmed your hair, the time is NOW. Try to keep a journal or put a reminder in your calendar to schedule out regular trims so you don’t forget.
How often do you trim natural hair?