Are you experiencing tangles in your curls or more breakage than usual? This may be a cry for help from your ends and a trim is needed. Regular trims are necessary for healthy hair and length retention. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Split ends are inevitable, and they naturally start developing a few months after every trim. Failing to trim split ends will result in the ends continuing to split all the way up the hair shaft. It’s best to catch the problem early and prevent it, instead of risking the loss of more hair.
  • Split ends make the ends of your hair look frizzy and unhealthy.
  • Tangles can be hard to prevent but failing to gently detangle your hair may create more damage and increase breakage.

It comes to no surprise that achieving fabulous hair requires a lot of work. Most stylist recommend a trim to your hair at least once every 3-4 months depending on your hair’s health. If you care for your hair exceptionally well, you may be able to go about 6-8 months in between trims. Most curlies fail to trim their ends because they have a fear of losing length, but keep in mind that this is only temporary, and your hair will thank you in the end.

There are plenty of benefits to trimming your own hair. However, I understand that it may be intimidating at first because you’re scared to mess up. But when you trim your own hair, it gives you control over how much hair you to cut off, it takes less time, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. I’m sure we can all think of a time where a stylist was supposed to be “trimming” your split ends and cut off much more hair than you expected. You may not know where to start or even how to trim your own hair. I have come up with a list of trimming methods below, that can make trimming your own hair much easier.

Trimming Methods

There are no benefits behind holding onto dead and damaged hair. In order to maintain healthy hair, you must make regular trims a necessity. Maintaining healthy ends will help with length retention and prevent breakage. It is very essential for you to know what needs to be trimmed and what doesn’t. Here are a few trimming methods I recommend giving a try.

  • Search and Destroy: You can take your time and carefully search through your hair for split ends, trimming them off as you find them. However, if you choose this method your hair will be different lengths because not all strands will be cut.
  • Curl by Curl: This method is most recommended for type 3a-3c hair, because your hair must be able to fall into clumped curls. Then you’ll go curl by curl, trimming off the split ends.
  • Two-strand Twist: Have you ever twisted your hair and noticed uneven, dry, and frizzy ends? Try going twist by twist, trimming off the split ends. I would recommend this method for any hair type because it’s so easy. If you make smaller twists in your hair, you are more likely to create a more even and precise cut.
  • Blowout: With this method I recommend being very careful not to damage your hair even more from the heat applied. By stretching out your hair, it will give you the most visibility for a clean and even cut. I must inform you that this method can be a little time consuming since it involves doing a full blowout.

Tips for Trimming Your Own Hair

  1. CUT DRY HAIR ONLY! Wet hair can be very fragile and trying to trim your ends wet is a huge mistake. Most people try to trim wet hair because the damage is easier to see but doing so may lead to more breakage and damage.
  2. Only use professional shears to cut your hair. If you are unable to trim your hair with professional shears, it may be best to not trim your hair at all. Professional shears are specifically designed for trimming and cutting hair, unlike other scissors. Cutting your hair with scissors other than hair shears can leave your ends uneven and more prone to splitting. To prevent your hair shears from dulling, only use them for hair trimming.
  3. Cut your hair carefully and always give yourself plenty of time. Rushing while trimming your hair can result in multiple mistakes and can cause more damage to your hair. If you choose to go with any of the trimming methods listed above, I’m sure you can tell that some are easier than others. But to above destroying your hair, stay focused, take your time and don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help if you need it.

All hair can develop split ends whether you have natural or relaxed curls. To temporally fix split ends, you can try a split end mender. But you must understand that there is no permanent way to repair split ends, regardless of what some hair care products may promise. These products can only glue split ends together, making them appear as if they’re repaired. You can receive splits at any point throughout your hair’s strand but are most common at the ends. It is best to just cut split ends to prevent them from traveling up the hair shaft.

No matter the approach you choose to take when trimming your hair, the most important part is removing dead and damaged hair that may hinder your growth rate. You may have been told in the past that cutting your hair makes it grow faster, sorry to tell you but that’s a common myth. Cutting your hair does not make it grow faster but getting rid of dead hair does allow for new hair to grow.

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

– Coco Chanel

There are many ways to rid your hair of split ends and no matter the method you choose, getting rid of the damage is the most important part. Have you ever tried trimming your own ends and how did you feel afterwards?