Thursday, February 16, 2012

Trimming your Natural Hair: Straight vs. Curly, Coily, Kinky

Long healthy hair is a measure of its care. Natural hair requires maintenance including daily moisturizing, weekly shampooing, monthly deep conditioning, of the misconceptions about 'going natural' is that you no longer have to trim your ends. Frequent styling often results in damage to the hair shaft so to prevent that damage from spreading. It is imperative that you trim your hair regularly. There is no rhyme or reason as to how often you should get a trim but to be on the safe side, every 6 to 8 weeks.

The dilemma that some naturals face is the technique that is used to trim natural hair. Remember the days of straight hair when it was easy to get a trim because your hair was perfectly lined up and you could easily spot the jagged culprit? Well its not so easy with curly hair. A lot of stylists recommend that natural hair is straightened then trim------"I don't like this technique". Others recommend stretching out the hair and then trimming---this can be tricking if you're a DIY kinda girl.

First, invest in a pair of professional hair cutting scissors. Don't use the kitchen scissors or the one you had from college. Sally's, ULTA or even Tar-jay should have a pair of these scissors in stock.

Guide to trimming your natural tresses: 

  • After shampoo and condition
  • Section the hair into 15-20 sections
  • Twist your hair into small sized twist all over
  • Let hair air dry
  • Before trimming hold section between thumb and your index and middle fingers so that the bottom of your fingers targets where you want to cut. 
  • Stretch out twist in one hand and hold scissors at a slight angle in other hand
  • Snip the end of the twist unit with the tip of the blades getting rid of frays and knots

*Please use a mirror for areas that are visible*


  1. I actually do trim my hair this way, not in as little as 20 sections but close to it. I also do believe that monthly trimming IS the reason that my natural hair is growing as well as it is, but it's also nice to have someone else say this out loud - :)


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