By Jc of The Nat­ur­al Haven Bloom

Trim­ming is an impor­tant part of a nat­ur­al hair rou­tine help­ing to keep dam­age at bay and allow­ing the hair to keep gain­ing length. Your rou­tine could be as sim­ple as trim­ming half an inch every 4 months, reg­u­lar­ly dust­ing the ends (cut­ting off a quar­ter inch or less of hair) or the more time con­sum­ing but more hair pre­serv­ing ‘search and destroy’ where only dam­aged strands are tar­get­ed. Some nat­u­rals, how­ev­er, can fall into the trap of trim­ming too much. Here are 4 instances when trim­ming is not nec­es­sary and pos­si­bly coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

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 mois­turis­er and spend­ing a lot time in tucked in styles to con­serve mois­ture.

Are you scis­sor hap­py? When do you decide it’s time to trim your hair? 

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67 Comments on "4 Reasons NOT to Trim Your Hair"

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This arti­cle came right on time! I am a lit­tle over a year nat­ur­al and I feel like the longer my hair gets, the thin­ner the ends look, which I HATE. My hair is 4a/b and shoul­der length. When I was relaxed I would trim my hair so that it was straight all the way across. I have trimmed my nat­ur­al hair sev­er­al times (in twists, I have yet to straight­en), and I am still not keen on how the ends looks. How­ev­er after read­ing this arti­cle, I under­stand that hav­ing thin­ner ends does not nec­es­sar­i­ly mean that they are… Read more »
Jennifer Kennedy

Agreed! I always thought that the thin see through ends were com­plete­ly dam­aged. But, I nev­er cut them because I have so many!! My hair also tapers at the end, so I thought that was anoth­er sign of dam­aged ends.

i have splits. but, i don’t rush to cut them as i don’t real­ly comb my hair — at least not in more than six months. i fig­ure hav­ing splits is just part of hav­ing my nat­ur­al hair. i noticed after a trim last year, i had splits soon after. they could have come from the rough han­dling of the styl­ist or just because they feel like liv­ing in my hair. at any rate, since i’ve been cleans­ing with ayurvedic herbs/henna/clay the ends are no longer rough feel­ing. but i still have to work on main­tain­ing mois­ture. but i’m hap­py with… Read more »

I’m def­i­nite­ly scis­sor hap­py! Thanks for this arti­cle. I real­ly need­ed the infor­ma­tion.


Yea I am scis­sor hap­py also. My hair tends to grow in lay­ers or uneven & it makes me want to cor­rect it with scis­sors. I remem­ber being told if you want your hair to grow, you must cut it. So, that’s what I did. I’m slow­ly learn­ing that scis­sors are not the only cure when some­thing doesn’t look as per­fect as I want it to.


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