by Juli-Anne of ThreeNaturals
It is vitally important to trim your natural hair from time to time. Because your hair is dead by the time it emerges from your scalp, you can’t regenerate or repair it, and if you don’t keep split ends trimmed, the damaged hairs can tangle on adjacent ones exacerbating the issue. The frequency of your trims will depend on your particular hair, but generally speaking, no matter how careful you are about caring for your hair, damage is sometimes inevitable.
There is always the temptation to avoid trimming to retain length, but in the long run, for the health and length of your hair, 'tis better to trim than not to trim.
There is a lot of information out there on the best way to trim natural hair, but as mamma always says “There’s more than one way to skin a cat!” (I don’t know why anyone would want to skin a cat). As with all things concerning your natural hair, you ultimately need to find what works for you.
The trimming issue boils down to making sure that your hair is stretched when you do trim. You need to make sure that your hair is in a stretched state (stretched is a fancy natural hair term that just means that your curls are “pulled out” and not coiled up in their natural curl pattern). You can achieve a stretched state with the aid of heat (blow drying or flat ironing) or with water (wetting your hair and manually stretching each section as you go).Here are a few videos from YouTube-ers who show the various methods of trimming your hair.
How do you trim your natural hair?
Once a month I micro trim the tips of my twists and when anxious or bored, I do search and destroys in good lighting.