I Stay Trimming My Hair But My Ends Keep Splitting and Breaking...

Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Does it seem like you can never get rid of your split end problem? Well, part of this because to an extent you never really will. Let me explain.


How to Trim Natural Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Beautiful hair takes work. As if the constant washing, conditioning, and styling isn’t enough, hair needs to be trimmed on the regular to keep it healthy. Hair with dead and damaged ends is hair that has stopped growing. A lot of curlies struggle with length and refuse to trim. You may think cutting hair will decrease length, but it is only temporary, and it will help length in the long run! When it comes to taking on a do it yourself approach, there are a few methods to consider on how to trim your natural hair to make it even easier.


Stop Natural Hair Breakage, Now!

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

There are just some hair maintenance "musts" that one must do to ensure they keep healthy hair. Some are no-brainers like washing hair while others seem counter-productive. Believe me when I say it is like pulling teeth to get some to understand the importance of a biggie like hair trims.

Hair trims are important to any successful hair care routine. For women with natural hair, keeping up with a regular trimming schedule is critical for preventing damage and maintaining length. However, far too many naturals fail to understand just how important it is to keep up with a regular trimming schedule. Here are 5 reasons why you need to stop skipping your trims and make them priority.


3 Easy Ways to Trim Split Ends Without Losing Too Much Length

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By SoIntoCurls via BlackNaps.org

So you’ve got split ends and they need to be removed, like yesterday! How can you go about doing this? There are three ways to accomplish this task that won’t require you to lose too much length:


Can I Reduce Breakage Without Getting a Trim?

by Amanda

Q: How do you reduce breakage/shedding other than trimming?

A: Let’s start by discussing the difference between shedding and breakage.

What is hair loss?
"When your hair naturally falls from the root, you are experiencing hair loss. Some amount of hair loss normal and to be expected.

In fact, while you may not be aware of it, you’re likely losing up to 100 strands each day. The “100 strands” theory is based on the assumption that we have approximately 100, 000 hairs on our scalp and lose around 1% of them daily.

Additionally, the rate at which you’re losing hair can vary based on gender, diet and genetics.

What is hair breakage?

Curly hair is especially prone to breakage. You may experience breakage when combing, detangling, or styling your curls. Breakage is most noticeable when brushing or combing your hair, removing a hair band, or in the shower.


Trimming Natural Hair- The Art of Dusting


A dusting is where a very small amount of hair is trimmed off the ends of the hair.  So little is removed that it looks like fine dust on the floor. Ends can be dusted to remove splits before they become out of control. 

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For Girls with 4C Hair when their Love for Coils Ain’t Enough: Trimming

by Jamilla via AroundTheWayCurls

I used to run from them as a child. I mean, make a b-line for the closest vacancy or excuse to change the subject. As soon as someone tried to s-p-e-l-l the word I would immediately remember the homework I needed to finish or the laundry I just had to do.

Trims, man. I do not have fond memories.

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What to do When Your Natural Hair Won't Let You Be Great...


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

We’ve all been there: you set out to execute a flawless style, you have the perfect combination of products and the best tools, you make preparations regarding how much drying time you’ll need, etc., and yet- the style just doesn’t turn out right. Other times, your hair seems like it just wants to behave badly and the scissors start to look pretty good. Exasperation with the state of your hair may mean change could be good or even imminent.

Let’s face it- as awesome as it is to be natural, dealing with natural hair can be frustrating, time consuming, and unpredictable at times, especially when you’re in a time crunch or just ready for something different.

When you experience a bad hair day, or think you’re ready for a change such as a cut of some sort or maybe a little color, the first thing to do is always assess the situation and go from there. Here are a few solutions that will help you weigh your options!

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How to Give Yourself a Deva Cut- Natural Hair Care

By far, the best decision I ever made in my natural hair journey was to have my chop turned into a Deva Cut at the end of my transition. Not only was there a tremendous amount of care put into cutting my hair curl-by-curl, the resulting shape of my hair (both curly and straight) was awesome:

But that was in December. According to several popular stylists that work with natural hair like Felicia Leatherwood, as a rule of thumb natural and curly girls should look to trim their ends every time the seasons change -- every 3 to 4 months. It doesn't have to be a drastic trim, but just enough to get the split, dry, damaged, or uneven ends away from the bulk of the healthy hair.

As much as I love my Devachan stylist Sergio, I can't afford a Deva Cut every 3 months. Besides, he travels back and forth between New York and LA, so getting appointments that regularly would be insane.

The solution? Do it myself.

Although there are about 54,648 different reasons to not take scissors to your hair yourself, a small trim at home does have some benefits:

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4 Signs That it’s Time For a Trim!

by Toia B of luvtobnatural.com

I totally get why many shy away from trimming. Hair shrinkage coupled with the fear of scissor-happy stylists make some naturals run the other way. When you’ve worked hard to achieve and maintain some length, you’re not tryna hear nothin’ bout no trim!

While quite a few naturals shudder at the sound of a pair of shears, others have come to grips with the fact that trims are, in fact, necessary for overall hair health. Yes! While some may not need one as often as others, they’re good for you! The question comes up, though, “how will I know when I need one?”

Here are four things to look out for:

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Cutting Your Natural Hair- How Frequently?

by Janelle Sands

There is so much controversy surrounding the need to cut or not to cut. In my experience as a woman and my experience as a professional hairdresser, I believe the appropriate time to trim one's hair is based on the individual. Some factors that affect the frequency of your trim include:

1. Your hair's current state of health
2. The shears used on your cut
3. Your hair care regiment which includes (conditioning, cleansing, and styling)
4. Your use of heat
5. Good Ole' Genetics

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Trimming Natural Hair and Length Retention

by Shelli of Hairscapades

I straightened my hair about two weeks ago (see that post here). Although I “search and destroy” regularly, my ends were desperately in need of a trim as it had been 10 months since my last professional one. So, the Monday morning after straightening my hair, I reached out to my stylist Tameeka (aka Jaded Tresses) to see if she would be in her NJ location that night. I was hoping that she might be able to slip me in between her other appointments.

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7 Signs You Need a Trim NOW!

There are a few ways that your ends can tell you when it's time for the good ol' heave-ho. Sometimes all it takes is one look at your lifeless, scraggly ends to get the hint. Other times it can be subtle, leaving you confused about your how to solve your problem.

Luckily, you don’t have to pull your hair out trying to get to the bottom of your hellish hair situation. If you’re experiencing any of these issues and have examined your hair regimen, tried different products, and tweaked your techniques to whip your curls back in shape, maybe you’re just due for a trim.

Split Ends
If you’ve got that frayed look going on at the ends, it’s time to break out the scissors and let those bad boys go once and for all. Don’t fret about losing an inch or two after a snip. Breakage is what makes your hair look thinner and shorter, so a little trim will only help in the long run.

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Do You Need a Mini Chop?- Natural Hair Trimming

Despite our best efforts to care for our hair with the right products and treatments, there are times when it just does not act or feel right. Our products may no longer work like they used to and the feel of our hair may scream damage despite its healthy appearance. When that happens, we may be baffled, but sometimes the answer is as simple as examining our ends closely. Damage caused by every day wear and tear, heat styling or simply the age of our hair can cause it to act out. A simple trim may fix it, but some of the damage may still be there. Why not consider doing a mini chop and cutting two or more inches off at your next trim?

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Growing Long Natural Hair with Chicoro's Lead Hair Theory

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

CurlyNikki recently re-posted my How I Retain Length article from 2012 and I thought it was perfect timing to share a sort of, kind of update on the Chicoro “Lead Hair” Theory experiment I wrote about in 2011!

So, I was going through some of my hair pics from 2010 and came across the pics on the left. They are from late December 2010, a few short months before I joined the Curly Nikki/Kim Coles Grow Out Challenge with a goal to grow my hair to waist length. The shots are before and after a self-trim. The picture on the right is from September 2013.

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How to Trim Your Own Hair

Whether you’re in the midst of a hair-mergency or you’re looking to save on your salon bills, you may find yourself in a position where you need to trim your own hair. With so many professional methods and the individual needs of your unique curl pattern, learning the tricks of this trade can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we have compiled our list of the most popular methods to trim your hair so you can get the job done without giving yourself an accidental TWA.


Trimming Your Natural Hair

Shekia Renea of SheDontLye.com is back with a tutorial on keeping your ends sharp!

What are your best practices for trimming/dusting? Share below!

CN Says:
Peep my tips, HERE.

Trimming Your Natural Hair

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?

CN Says:
Once a month I micro trim the tips of my twists and when anxious or bored, I do search and destroys in good lighting.

'Low Manipulation Styles' & 'Knowing When to Trim'

Hair Liberty's Nicole Hollis, our Resident Curl Chemist, is back from hiatus answering your most urgent hair questions. Got one for her? Email me at [email protected] using "Hair Liberty" in the subject line and she may answer your question right here on the blog.

I work full time in a “professional” environment. Not saying I can’t wear a protective style, but it’s been very difficult to find a protective style, that I can actually do myself, that looks half decent…which means, that 9 times out of 10, I’m rocking a twist out or a wash and go. Now, I can get 3-4 days out of a WNG if I use the right product (Kinky Curly Curling Custard). But is it possible to WNG or twist out on the regular and still maintain length?? I just cut off 3 inches of split up, jacked up ends so I’m evidently doing something real wrong.

Protective styles can do more harm than good if you’re not careful. The main goal with natural hair is to protect your hair from over-manipulation. Some people use protective styles to keep their ends from rubbing up against their clothes all day, but that’s rarely a problem for natural hair because it shrinks so much. If you can’t easily braid or pin your hair into an updo or bun, you’re better off with a twist out or Wash n Go.

When you’re manipulating your hair, whether it’s to wash it, detangle it or style it, your hands are up on top of your head (and your arms are getting tired). Low manipulation means you keep your hands down as much as possible. A Wash n Go that lasts 3 days keeps your hands down much more than a protective style that’s difficult to put in and has to be re-done sooner than later. It’s also important to shampoo your hair at least once a week and you might be inclined to skip washes once you have a protective style in. it’s not worth it!

If you’re already doing low-manipulation styles and split ends are still a problem, you may have fine hair. The two most important strategies for healthy fine hair are:

More frequent trims - Ends that are severely damaged will split further up the hair shaft if they aren’t cut off. That means you can start with a ¼ inch of damage, but if you don’t get rid of it, it will turn into an inch of damage very quickly. It’s better to get small trims over time so you don’t have to cut off 3 inches all at once.

Strengthening Products: Fine hair needs to be reinforced with a strengthening product every 2 washes. Try Nexxus Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor, Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, or Ouidad Deep Treatment. Those products all work in different ways, but they are all very effective when used regularly. Even if you’re not sure you have fine hair, strengthening products are worth adding to your routine when you’re trying to grow your hair long.

How do I know when it’s time to trim my hair?

These are a few signs that your hair is overdue for a trim:
  • When your hair is wet, the ends clump together like very thin threads. You have to wash and detangle in small sections.
  • When your hair is dry, the ends catch on each other and knot easily.
  • You find single strand knots often (knots can happen anywhere on the strand, but they are signs that something in your routine is causing problems and you should be getting trims at least every 10 weeks).
  • If you straighten your hair, you feel like you have to curl your ends under because they look “raggedy” when hanging straight.
  • If you straighten your hair, the upper portion of the strand smooths out easily, but the ends seem to require extra passes (the ends should need the least heat, not the most)
If those are issues you experience all the time, you’ll need to change up your routine in order to see your hair improve. Check the Hair Liberty Product Ratings to make sure you’re using the best products for your hair type and don’t brush your hair….ever! When you need to detangle or style, start with your fingers then switch to a wide tooth comb. And remember, you can’t avoid damaging your hair, but you can slow down the damage cycle. The absolute longest anyone should go between trims is 12 weeks.

Hair Liberty (def): The freedom to rock whatever style you want, whenever you want. Curly, straight, natural, relaxed, whatever! Free yourself. For more info, visit www.hairliberty.org

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