Trimming natural hair is an important step in a healthy hair regimen. After months of trying to do it on my own, I finally visited my stylist for a much-needed trim and blowout. I had a lot of growth, 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. Whether you do it on your own or leave it to the pros, below are five signs you need to trim your natural hair.
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, split ends can 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.
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 wash and go styles, 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 sheers 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. If your hair has been looking limp, that is a clear sign a trim is needed. Again, it’s all about paying attention to your hair. 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.
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
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. 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 for trim schedules so you don’t forget.