4 Reasons NOT to Trim Your Hair

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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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56 thoughts on “4 Reasons NOT to Trim Your Hair

  1. Oh, I wish I saw this a week ago! I have supa dry ends that aren’t at all split! I cut some of my ends off. I knew I should have just kept moisturizing them! Oh well. Now I know for the future! :)

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  2. This is quite a timely article. Especially now that’s it’s winter time. I, too, equated even hair with healthy hair. But I’m learning that that’s not true. My left side grows longer than my right – and my bottom right hand side is what I believe to be 4B, which looks, acts and grows completely different than the rest of the hair on my head. But when it’s stretched, it’s just about in line with the rest of my hair. The SSKs and splits happen all over, but I only get rid of the obvious ones, and try not to obsess over what I can’t see. I’m believing to see the fruits of that non-labor next spring :-).

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  3. I get my hair trimmed at the most twice a year when my ends starts to feel very dry and crispy and don’t stay moisturised I know it is time for them to go. I’m not bothered by split ends or SSK I don’t do search and destroy, life is way too short.

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  5. I feel like my mom is scissor happy concerning my own hair… I’m 14, and so she basically pays for me to get it trimmed every 4-6 weeks. This involves flat ironing, blow drying, and all the works. I don’t feel as if I need to go this often, but is trimming a bit more objective than I’d believe?

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    • This could be true about your .mom. Ask her could you go every 8 to 10 weeks this spring to fall.. Do a length check at every trimming. Before and after trimming. Give the results to your mom. If your hair is growing, ask her to keep this schedule.

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    • Gabriella, is your mom natural or does she have relaxed hair? She may be doing to your hair what she does to maintain her own hair. I also think it could be the styles that you’re wearing your hair in that could make you need a trim more often then 8 to 10 weeks. I used to trim my hair often also. However now since I never wear it straight, I stopped trimming it straight and started just dusting the ends. the heat was causing more damage which required me to continue to trim.

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  6. You need to repeat the part about split end free hair twenty times over. It is true, it may not be possible for everyone, and from experience it is not necessary. I have always had long hair and now my hair is hip area and I am just now for the first time in my life trying to get rid of split ends. I mean I usually dusted them in the past but I never worried about getting all of them. I am sort if obsessed with the idea, which is probably true, that of I had no split ends my hair would look thicker overall, it would hold a curl or wave better, be less tangly, and not get frizzy so soon. My work is definitely paying off but I don’t want to venture to say that there is a such thing as never ever getting split ends, at least not for some people. I think that if a person does not get split ends it may have to do with genetics because there are ppl who dye their hair and do other styling options that I never ever do and they get all of one split end. I never even straighten my hair or tie it with bands or anything. I noticed though that when I started obsessively moisturizing it with water, conditioner and oil, and wearing a bun, I stopped getting split ends. What do ya know. I’m sure I will see another one day but hopefully never as many as before.

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  7. “search and destroy trims” hahahaha next time I see my barber I’m going to ask her to do that for me. I get my hair trimmed about every 4 months and that works for my 3b curls, if I go any longer then my hair gets a bit to frizzy to my liking and any sooner I have found that it is just unnecessary. 4 months seems to be the sweet spot.

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  8. Hi iv been natural for 11 months my hair seem to be growing pretty good but my edges are all broke off. I’m wondering is it because i wear a baseball cap all day. work in a stinky oily factory. Any suggestions plase help.

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    • Check the edge break line against the baseball cap. There could be a light rubbing of the cap that is causing the breakage. Also watch your edges when you shower–edge lines are fragile and your hair could be getting wet outside of your hair care regime.

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    • If you do find that the hat is the problem, try wearing a thin scarf or satin headband around your edges while you work to keep the hat from having direct contact with your hair. Also an option is use castor oil around your edges and massage daily to stimulate that area.

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  9. I HAVE A GREAT IDEA!!!

    Spend an exceptional amount of money on a treatment from a high-end salon instead of going to cheap ones. Unlike your cheap ones, high-end stylists are actually licensed, professional, and have extensive knowledge to help you with your hair problems…. and stop looking at websites for answers.

    Not a single soul who moderates this site is a licensed Cosmetologist. Think.

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    • Lol @alice. I bet she has the perfect salon for you to go to as well. to hers. Sweetie, people have been taking care of their own hair for a lifetime. Some doing an awesome job n some not. and I know you’re not even insinuating that all licensed stylists know how to do hair. like with any other profession, it proves they passed a test.

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      • Alice you are right in terms of the product we put in our hair, but you don’t have to pay exorbitant prices to get quality products. It depends on the hair and how well we take care of it.

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  10. Thank you for such useful and interesting information! I used to think, that trimming hair is necessary almost every month, but I like long hair and it was really sad story for me…

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  11. hello i just want to know if i can use a serum repair instead of trim my hair, because i dont like the idea of make my hair shorter, it’s that ok? or i really need to trim my hair over time?

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  12. I arrived here just in time. I’m transitioning. I had braids over a perm and left them in knowingly too long. I risked and I suffered. My hair matted and locked. 11 hours in, I called in from work and grabbed the scissors. I only chopped the dreadlocks. I got more braids and more braids and more braid. Not more perms. Now I am on my way. I did twists for the first time last week and saw those fiery red tips. I clipped clipped clipped. Put in more twists and they were still there. Clip clip clip. I’ve become obsessed with getting them off. They were 1 inch at the longest so I’m spotting glimpses here and there. I never been obsessed with length but always with health. I have about 6 inches of hair. I’m frizzy and dry. Maybe I should not go perm hunting for a while.

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  13. Sometimes you may not be trimming your hair enough. I found that trimming my ends more often instead of going as long as possible has actually grown my hair and my ends are not “see through” or finer than the rest of my hair. Also you have to cut enough off because if you’re not, you may still have split ends. Split ends break your hair from the ends up, so be careful not to cut too much but make sure you cut enough. This is advice from a professional hairstylist.

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