There has been an ongoing debate on when to trim natural hair?
I know when some of us ladies even think about putting scissors in our hair: it’s an automatic shutdown. I’m not going to lie when it comes to a stylist even going near my hair with scissors my fist automatically start clenching.
I took upon myself to buy professional scissors to be able to trim myself. Of course, each person has a different preference. Some prefer every 6-8 weeks while others may prefer once a year.
What works best for me is that every three months to do less than an inch of trimming.
However, what works for you could be thinking in a completely different time frame. It took me awhile to learn the four best ways to tell when you’re in a dying need of a trim and I wanted for you to know them to help you through your journey.
1) Detangle, Detangle and still not able to comb through. I know when this happens to me it gets so frustrating. When you comb, you start at the ends, try to work your way up. When you try combing through again. Ouch! It’s as if you didn’t’ comb your hair in the first place. This is a sign that it’s time to get a trim.
2) Breakage/Uneven layers. Now I know we naturally shed hair. You can tell it’s a shed because it will have a small white bulb at the ends. However, I’m talking about the short little strands that can sometimes be all over the counter when styling your hair. Also the uneven layers that are not intentional can make the hair look unhealthy. We see that then there’s breakage and it’s time for a trim.
3) Knots. I know that every now and then you can get what I call fairy knots. I call them fairy knots because I don’t know about you but I never know how they even get in my hair in the first place. However, when it starts becoming a lot of knots it might be time to cut the ends a little.
4) Hair growth stopped. When you been at the same length for a while it might be time to have a little trim. When your ends are damaged it’s hard for your hair to flourish and grow. Sometimes getting rid of them can lead to growth.
5) Split Ends. Now I know some of you ladies have heard so much on the bad rep of split ends. I wish I could tell you differently but the bad reps are true. Split and frayed ends make the hair look thinner and can literally go up the hair shaft if not cut. I know for me I have to do the search and destroy method when it comes to split ends because I literally seen how a spit end can go up the hair shaft on my own head prior to my trim. lf you have a lot of split ends it’s time to get them cut.
How long do you wait to get your trims?