To Trim Or Not To Trim? 4 Reasons NOT to Trim Natural Hair
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Trimming protects natural hair from damage which encourages growth. After a hair strand reaches a certain length, it will start to taper so it becomes thinner at the end than at the part that is near the scalp. (You’ve seen those “see through” ends before)! The part of the hair that is farthest from the scalp is more prone to damage especially when the hair is wet but also from constant tugging, pulling and manipulation of the hair.
How often should you trim? Take a look at your ends. Once you see that the ends have become noticeably thinner than the hair near your scalp, it is time to trim. Some naturalistas don’t want to trim at all while others may overdo it and cut their ends when it’s not needed.
The following article from Black Girl Long Hair lists four instances when trimming your ends is not necessary:
1. You trimmed it last week
If you have recently trimmed your hair and you spot split ends soon after it may be the case that you need another trim, however it could also be the case that you missed a few damaged strands. Wait for at least two months before you pick up the scissors again. Constantly cutting your hair may lead to very slow or no progress. Do not obsess about having no split ends, for some hair, this is just not possible.
2. You notice one side is longer than the other
The purpose of trimming is to get rid of split ends and old damaged ends. You can also use it to even up hair length but for some people one part of their hair can grow faster than the other. Sometimes it is the front that grows longer than the back or the left side faster than the right or the crown faster than all other areas. In whatever case, it can be very counterproductive to keep evening out the length if all that is happening is that one part of your hair is growing faster. Natural hair worn in a curly or stretched style really does not require even length. As long as the ends are free of split ends or obvious damage, keep the uneven lengths and grow all the hair to your desired length before choosing to even it up.
3. Your ends appear thin/ see through but you regularly do search and destroy trims
If your chosen method of trimming is only cutting off damaged ends, it is highly likely that your ends may appear much thinner than the bulk of the hair. In this case, it is not necessary to trim your hair to get rid of the see through ends. Since you are only cutting damage, it is always the case that some strands will be longer than others. As long as you are able to keep on top of damage and split ends, you do not need to trim the hair any further.
4. Your ends are dry or do not curl like they used to but you cannot see split ends
As hair gets older, it will be more difficult to maintain moisture simply because the cuticle layers are depleted and it is easier to lose moisture. Dry ends or ends that are not able to curl are not necessarily signs that you need a trim. Examine the hair and see if you can see visible signs of damage such as split ends. If you do not see damage, all those ends require is a little more water, oil and/or moisturizer and spending a lot time in tucked in styles to conserve moisture.
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