Hey there natties.
I know that trimming our hair is not the most fun of things to do, I mean we put in so much effort to grow our hair and then we have to ‘cut’ it?! It doesn’t make sense. What doesn’t make even more sense is holding on to frail and split ends all in the name of ‘I want my hair to be long’.
Our ends are the oldest part of our hair and the most fragile, because it has been exposed the most to the elements, chemicals, friction and basically just time.
The thing about leaving damaged ends for a long time is that they hinder to your length retention (click here for length retention tips), that’s why you will find your hair at one length for a long time. Damaged or split ends travel up your hair strand and ultimately your hair will break.
Before establishing a trimming routine, I think its important to know and understand your hair. Understanding your hair means when split ends occur your will notice them.
How to see if you have split ends?
1. Stretch your hair in any method you prefer.
2.Braid your hair in either two or three strand braids/twists.
3. Check towards the end of your braids, when the braid thins towards the end it means your ends have been damaged.
If you’ve suffered from colour damage like myself, you definitely need to trim. You can click here for tips on how you can recover from colour damage.
When you have been transitioning, dont leave your chemical treated hair for too long, remember that split ends travel and they may possibly damage the new growth you want to keep. Although I have noticed that people tend to transition for long, if your is at a comfortable length then you should cut it. LET IT GO!
Depending on how well you take care of your hair and ends particularly, I dont think its necessary to trim every month.
If you take care of your ends the split ends wont travel as much and you can trim every 3 to 6 months depending on their condition. You should check how often you get split ends, that is an indication of how well or poorly you take care of your hair. Taking care of your hair is ‘prevention’ and trimming is like a ‘cure’ and you know what they say…prevention is better than cure.
If you’d like a demonstration click here and see how I trim my hair.
Until next time… 🙂
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