Trim Natural Hair to Maximize Growth

I has an appointment to trim my ends this week. My ends weren’t super bad but I know trimming now will help me have a healthier head of hair. I’m looking to grow my fro as long as it will grow! Trimming our hair is an aspect of a healthy hair care regimen that promotes healthy natural hair growth and length retention. I want to share my answers to some of the common hair trimming questions.

Why is trimming important?

The ends are the oldest part of your hair and can become damaged from manipulation, heat and chemical use, environment and even your diet. Over time, daily wear and tear on your hair will degrade and wear down the hair’s cuticle, exposing the inner cortex. The result is split, frayed and damaged ends of your hair.

Trimming is important to rid your hair of those damaged ends and expose your healthy, vibrant hair that free of tangles and frizz.

Time for a trim?

When it comes to trimming your hair, you can be proactive or reactive.

  • Proactive – Trimming your ends every few months, even when you don’t necessarily notice any damaged or split ends. Trimming should be minute in this case. Most stylists recommends you to trim your hair every 3 to 4 months to keep split and frayed ends at bay.
  • Reactive – Trimming your ends when you notice more tangles, knots and breakage or your ends are frayed and dry. Trim all the damaged ends and your hair will look and feel much better.

How much should be trimmed?

Split ends can travel up the hair shaft which can cause your ends to tangle and look frayed and frizzy. Damaged ends need to be removed totally.

I promote trimming all the split and damaged ends. That may be ¼ of an inch or 2 or more inches. The goal is to rid the hair of all of the split and damaged ends.

Is it possible to trim your own hair?

If you are comfortable with managing your own hair care then trimming can be added to your natural hair care routine. The tools of the trade are professional hair shears and hair clamps. Once you have your tools then you’re more than ready to trim your own hair. If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to obtain the proper tools then go to a trusted natural hair stylist.

How to trim your own hair?

Trimming your own hair can take some time, so give yourself enough time to not be rushed while going through the process. Cut your hair while it’s dry and be very careful while trimming, so you don’t cut too much of your hair.

Try two strand twisting your hair and snip off any ends that are frizzy, dry, frayed at the very bottom of your twists. You can snip off the ends as you are twisting your hair and when you finish twisting you will have healthy curls with no signs of damage or split ends. Just remember to cut all the damaged and split ends.


Now it’s your turn…

Let me know how often you trim your hair in the comment section.