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Easy Ways To Trim Your Hair At Home

A hair trim is exactly what it sounds like –cutting a small portion off a length of hair. “Trim your hair” is the fastest way to get many naturals to stop listening to you and it’s very understandable. You’re trying to grow your hair out and someone tells you that you need to give up some of that length for reasons you can’t even totally understand.

Trimming is not just whimsically cutting your hair off because you feel like, or because you’ve seen someone else do so, its removing split ends before they can cause more damage. The major benefit you can reap from trimming your hair is preventing excessive breakage. This is because if a split end isn’t trimmed, the tear will travel up the hair shaft and eventually break. This way it takes off more hair than you would have lost if you had trimmed your ends yourself. It will be beneficial if you read this article to better understand the logic and benefits of trimming your hair. Here, we will be focusing mainly on how to do the actual trimming of your ends.

You don’t need to trim your hair every month or even every other month. Hair typically needs a trim twice a year but there are things that you can do to prevent split ends and further reduce the frequency of your trims. Keeping your ends moisturized, keeping your hair off your shoulders, using minimal heat on your hair, and sleeping on satin can all help prevent split ends.

Trimming diagram with line of demarcation between weak hair and healthy hair. How to trim your hair at home.
How to trim your hair at home

Some naturals like to trim when their hair is wet, while others prefer to do it when it’s dry. A quick look at both sides will tell you that most type 3 naturals lean towards trimming when wet. This is because type 3 hair has a silky texture and clumps together neatly to easily reveal the thinner ends of the hair. Most type 4 naturals would rather trim dry.

Tools you’ll need to trim your hair at home:
  • Hair shears (sharp)
  • Hairbands and clips (to section your hair)
  • A microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to drape over your shoulders
Wet trimming

#1 Wet your hair from roots to ends. It can be easier to just trim after a wash day.

#2 Let it air dry a bit till it’s no longer dripping.

#3 Section your hair with your hair bands.

#4 Take a section and stretch it to its entire length. If you have split ends, it should be obvious where the hair is damaged (split) because it will not be as full as the part closer to your scalp.

#5 Taking care to accurately target the line of demarcation between healthy and damaged hair, bring your shears up to the line and give a clean single cut. It’s important to give a single cut, cutting with blunt shears or continuously going at a single area will cause more split ends.

Dry trimming

#1 Ensure your hair is well moisturized and sealed

#2 Section your hair. It’s almost always better to do this sectioning with twists if you’re trimming your hair yourself.

#3 Stretch a twist till it’s at its full length (dont unravel it) and give a clean cut at the line of demarcation between the thicker part of the twist and the frazzled end.

#4 Continue in this way till you have trimmed the ends of all the twists.

Trimming your hair does not directly help your hair grow faster, but it prevents tangles and breakage which helps you retain growth.

How often do you trim your hair and what method do you prefer? Feel free to share in the comment section.

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