4. Don’t Try to Trim on a Regular Schedule
Cutting on a regular schedule has advantages if you’re trying to maintain the same length. However, if you’re trying to grow your hair out, cutting can be counteractive.
When you cut on a tight schedule, you really can’t be sure whether your hair needed a haircut. So, you could end up cutting all your new growth!
Instead, trim only when necessary. If you’re noticing that your hair has begun to tangle too easily, you may need a haircut. Getting a lot of single-strand knots or hair fairies at the ends can also indicate that it’s time for a cut.
If you’re looking for a solid number of trims per year to follow, there really isn’t one. You’ll have to pay attention to the cues to determine when it’s time for a trim.
That said, many naturals tell us at Snappee that doing a full trim once or twice per year works well. However, these full trims don’t include the search and destroy method, which should be done on a weekly basis.
See below for information on this helpful trimming method.
5. Use the Search and Destroy Method
Avoid the temptation to pull knots apart. Pulling tangles, much like regular hair ties, can lead to frayed ends and damaged hair. Instead, actively search for straggling ends and single strand knots at the beginning of each wash day.
Stragglers tend to cling on to healthy strands and cause tangles, so you’ll want to be proactive about how you handle these potential problems before you get in the shower.
First try gently guiding the knots apart with your fingers and a dab of conditioner. Then use a sharp pair of shears if it doesn’t budge.
You’ll be much more tempted to impatiently pull and rip strands when you don’t have a pair of scissors close by. Keep a pair of good quality shears in front of you while you work on your hair and use them throughout your wash day.
Using the search and destroy method will allow you to only cut problem strands. This technique will let you go a long time without a full trim, and it will keep your hair healthier overall.
6. Cut in Small Sections or Twists
Do you have an area on your mane that is damaged and shorter than the rest? Don’t forget to snip the ends on these strands too.
Many naturals have withered ends at the crown area that need extra TLC. That means, you need to apply more deep conditioning treatments, apply protein more frequently, and be diligent about trimming that specific area when you get a cut.
It helps to cut the hair while it is in small twists. Trimming this way will help you focus on every hair, including the short strands in problem areas.
Don’t feel like doing twists? At least make sure to cut in small sections. Focusing on a few hairs at a time will help you organize while you trim, and it will prevent overzealous cutting.
Doing trims is key to maintaining long, healthy natural hair. You’ll notice your curls pop when you’re not holding on to straggling and frayed ends. Just make sure you follow the best practices when you decide to cut.
Remember, if you're not using Snappee Hair Ties you could damage your hair using the old throw away type.
What about you? Do you have any special protocol you follow when trimming natural hair?