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Natural Hair Tip of the Week

By January 27th, 202113 Comments
ReignElle’s Tip Of The Week

Natural Hair Tip of the WeekYou don’t have to go to the salon to get rid of those split ends!

To Remove Split Ends:

  • Get your favorite pair of HAIR scissors. These scissors shouldn’t be used on anything else.
  • Create about 15 – 20 small twists.
  • Sit in a very well lit area.
  • Pick up a twist and examine your strands from root to tip.
  • You will notice that your split-ends and knots will become obvious.
  • Take your scissors and carefully cut each split hair-strand or knot that you see.
  • Another option: Snip a 1/4 -1/2 inch off of each twist for a quick trim.
  • Be Careful!

Maintaining your hair yourself isn’t difficult; it just requires a little patience and love.

What’s your favorite DIY method for split end trimming?


  • LM says:

    I went to my stylist, before I started transitioning, every two weeks faithfully. I got my ends trimmed regularly but my regular trimming sessions led to over an inch of hair being cut away. I don' t know whether it was because my hair is layered(which I didn't ask for or want in the first place) which led to such dramatic cuts, but I never retained length past my shoulders because every time my hair grew, it got snipped away. I took care of my hair the best way I could by wrapping it every night and wearing a satin scarf. I've decided to try and trim my hair myself using the above method to avoid my scissor happy stylist.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Holli! will try that method!

    @ anon 1:33 an inch is a WHOLE lot when you only have 4 inches of hair and 75% shrinkage thank you :-)need to be careful

  • Anonymous says:

    You can snip the end of your hair a little bit if you like. My hair is cut into a v-shape so I do not snip off the ends of my twists to preserve the shape. I just do the method I described up above to look for knots/split ends all the way down to the tips of the twist. If I don't see anything wrong, I leave it alone.

    I straighten my hair once, MAYBE twice a year…that is the only time I deliberately snip the ends of my hair.

    If you never straighten your hair, feel free to snip off the bottoms of your twists! 🙂


  • ReignElle says:

    @Curlyladyp definitely! U can do a quick trim by cutting the ends. As well as trimming off the dead ends along the shaft of the twist.

  • LadyP says:

    Clarification please – Does the twist trim method described above apply to the tips of the twist as well as the shaft?

  • Anonymous says:

    I prefer to trim on dry hair that has been stretched by a braid out. After a braid out, I section my hair in up to 15 twisted sections. I twist tightly in one direction and trim any hairs that I see that are split or knotted. Then I untwist the hair and twist it in the other direction and do the same thing. I also unravel each section and look at the hair loosely to find any splits/knots.

    I find that it is easier for me to do it on dry hair because the splits stick out. When my hair is wet, the split hairs are slicked down by the water and I can't tell what is split vs what is not split.

    I also do the front of my hair in front of my computer screen. I pull up a blank word document and the white screen gives a good back ground for my dark hair. When I get towards the back, I put on a white t-shirt and do it in a bathroom mirror. My hair is long enough to put on my shoulder and I can see the splits that way…so if you have light hair, you need to work against a dark background…Hope that makes sense.

    This method works for me. If you don't want to go to a stylist, don't be afraid to snip your own hair. It's hair! If you make a mistake, it will grow back!


  • Anonymous says:

    Anon @ 1:33PM…You must be an offended professional hair stylist!! 🙂

    Some people KNOW that their hair isn't in the best condition, yet they don't want to lose their length. When people go into a stylist and SPECIFICALLY express what they expect and/or don't expect to be done with their hair, the stylist does NOT hear them.

    If someone only wants a trim, that doesn't equate to 3 inches of lost hair. Period. The customer is always right…even when the stylist knows best!

    I would rather trim my hair how I want and be satisfied instead of pissed, out of money and with less hair than I wanted gone because of a "professional"

  • Anonymous says:

    Where does this phobia of professional haircuts come from ? Has anyone ever turned up looking like a cancer patient b/c of a haircut?
    I don't know anyone with really nice hair who doesn't get the ends trimmed. I'm unimpressed by long hair with ratty ends.
    an inch isn't a lot of hair to trim for a clean up job, esp. if you don't do it regularly.
    and if you want to cut a millimeter, you probably aren't getting rid of the weathered, old hair. it doesn't have to be even if that isn't your preference, but those ends need to be cleaned up regularly or it's less likely you'll wind up with the hair you want.

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried this for the first time about a few weeks ago. I instantly saw a difference in how much more healthier my hair appeared and felt afterwards.

  • Anonymous says:

    does anyone have any different preference/ outcomes trimming dry vs. wet hair is there a method that's better or healthier for the hair ???? help please! i'm soooo scared to trim but i KNOW that a professional stylist will chop ALL my hair off and justify it somehow..

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    Oh I am so doing this. My hair is long enough to rock a cute 2 strand flat twist out so I can make sure my shape is all good while trimming my horrible ends. I still have a few stray permed ends I've been wanting to get rid of once and for all.

  • Anonymous says:

    I want to try this. My hairdresser doesn't know what trim is. Trim = Hack off!

  • nellboogie says:

    Pretty much the method I use for a quick trim…

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