Trimming your Natural Hair without Heat

Normally, I don’t toot my own horn but must I mention I have done a damn good job with cutting and trimming my natural hair. I remember it like it was yesterday (stares off into the distance). Okay, let me not be so dramatic and let’s get to it!

Here are 10 tips to trimming your natural hair (without heat).

  1. Invest in shears to trim your hair. Sharp shears made for cutting your hair; they are thinner than paper cutting scissors and will give a good cut the first time. Now I have to mention…
  2. Don’t snap your strands in an effort to pull off any knots you may see. This is a recipe for disaster and will hurt you in the long run by providing more opportunities for the hair to split.
  3. Natural hair means no more waiting 6-8 weeks for a trim. Remember, this was the rule of thumb when you had your hair relaxed or straightened. Now that you are natural, your hair should be strong enough to be trimmed ever 3-4 months. This is the time frame in which natural hair would start to split.
  4. In colder months, this rule is shortened and recommended that you start trimming twice in 3-4 months. This is because your clothing changes along with the weather which affects the condition of your hair. Others have mentioned trimming twice a year if you can.
  5. Condition your hair to prepare for the trim. Your hair should naturally begin to clump. I find it easiest to smooth down individual clumps and clip areas that are frizzy and damaged.
  6. The twist method also works since its very basic. If you typically style a twist out this is perfect. Do your normal twist routine on conditioned and damp hair.  Twist and start by trimming the ends that appear damaged and frizzy.
  7. If you find yourself clipping your ends too quickly you will risk cutting off hair that actually want damaged.
  8. In the meantime, based on your porosity levels, keep your hair moisturized and use prism treatments to strengthen the hair shaft.
  9. There is another method called dusting in which you search and destroy split end consistently. I only use this method for any knots that may get in my hair that I can’t detangle with my hands.
  10. Listen to your hair!  Paying close attention to your hair is going to help you in the long run. Factors like weather, clothing, condition of protective styling, chemical processing, and overall health can effect whether or not your hair is ready for a trim.

What are you waiting for?

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