“Cut it, Cut it, Cut it, Cut it”! For many women and myself alike trimming our beautiful locks can be quite disheartening especially when we are on a mission to grow waist length hair. But as with keeping our hair moisturized trimming is also an essential part of a healthy hair journey. Hmmm, but how often should I trim my hair? This is a commonly asked question because everyone has a different timeline based on hair care practices and techniques. Trimming too often is not advised as it would lead to a loss of length retention, but not trimming enough would also result in damaged hair.
It is not necessary to create a schedule for trimming because damage does not happen on a schedule. I would recommend that you trim only when necessary so you are able to retain as much length as possible. Here are some definite signs that you need to give your curls some TLC:
- If you use heat frequently.
Heat usage is one of the number 1 indicators that you will need to monitor your hair closely. Any kind of direct heat (flat-iron, blow-drying, etc) breaks the hydrogen bonds in the hair (weaken the strands) and causes severe breakage (possibly heat damage). It also strips the hair of its natural moisture (sebum) and causes a dry, tangled mess. Check your ends regularly to monitor any split ends and/or damage.
2. If your ends look like this:
If your ends are very transparent (see-through) compared to the rest of your hair then it is definitely time to get a trim. Your ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair. It’s susceptible to tangles and breakage due to manipulation over the period of your hair journey thus it’s extremely important to remove the dead ends before they cause further damage up the hair shaft.
3. If you have excessive tangles and knots (at the ends of your hair)
Afro-textured hair has the tendency to tangle because of the multiple twists and turns in the physical structure of the curls. But there are simple ways that you can keep them at bay. Keeping the hair stretched in styles such as braids or twists can reduce the amount of knots and tangles you experience. If you notice that you constantly encounter single strands knots then it may be time to let go of those ends.
4. If your ends are split and dry.
Black hair is naturally dry! If you are applying moisture consistently to your hair but notice that it’s still brittle and dry then it’s time to say goodbye to those ends. At this point the hair will not accept any moisture because it may be damaged from manipulation or simply time. I would recommend paying special attention to the ends of your hair by sealing with an oil or butter after applying moisture. This will provide extra protection from environmental factors such as heat or cold.
5. If it takes a long time to detangle your hair.
While it’s fairly common knowledge that afro-textured hair women may have a longer detangling time due to having either longer or thicker hair, it may also be a sign that it’s time for a trim. If you notice that you are spending a lot more time on your hair than usual to detangle then it may be due to having excessive tangles and/or knot at the ends of your hair. Check your ends for thickness/thinness compared to the rest of your hair to see if you may need a trim.
6. If your hair isn’t growing.
Trimming your hair does not make your hair grow any faster, but it could be the difference between length retention and stagnation. If you notice that your hair is staying at the same length then it might be an indication that you need a trim. If you do not trim your hair then your split ends will travel up the shaft of the curls and snap the healthy hair off which will result in your hair staying at the same length. Check your ends every so often and trim any visible split ends .
How often do you need to trim?
There are certain factors that will increase the frequency of your trims. These include:
- Using heat frequently
- Frequent manipulation of your hair (combing)
- Tight styles (tension)
Cut back on the above factors to retain more of your length.
Alright ladies, how do you determine how often you trim your hair?Leave your comments below.
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