4 Methods To Trim Natural Hair


We can agree that some people do not need to trim their hair often while others really need to in order to keep damage at bay. The way you choose to trim your hair is entirely dependent on you, your hair goals, your hair’s rate of damage and your skills. Here are 4 video tutorials describing the main ways to trim natural hair:

1. The ‘Search and Destroy’ Method

This is the most time consuming method but it does have the added benefit of conserving the most hair. You need patience and diligence to filter through individual strands and cut away only damaged split ends or knots. You will need good light and a mirror or two if your hair is not long enough to pull down and see the individual strands. Entertain yourself with a movie (or two) if necessary.

2. Trimming individual twists or braids

If you do not have time for a search and destroy then this method may be for you. All you need to do is clip some hair from the end of medium to small twists or braids. The smaller the braid section, the better the trim will be, however, you do not need to try to install mini twists, parting the twist with a square inch section at the base will give you a good result.

3. The straight hair trim

It really is not necessary to straighten your natural hair for a trim. However, if you happen to have straightened your hair or you regularly wear your hair straight, then trimming it in this state has the advantage that shrinkage is eliminated. Less shrinkage means hair is easy to handle and you never cut off more than you intend to. If you are looking to have an even hair cut, then this too is the method for you

4. The ‘curls that no longer curl’ trim

This method is most useful for people whose hair naturally clumps in curls but this does not mean that you cannot use it if your hair does not. The general principle is to smooth wet, lightly conditioned hair down and trim off the ends that ‘feel’ rough or do not form a regular curl. If your hair is quite kinky, the ‘feel’ method can be very unreliable and therefore you should modify the method to simply cut off what you want

Ladies, what method do you use to trim your hair? And why does it work best for you?

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31 thoughts on “4 Methods To Trim Natural Hair

  1. This is great, but does anyone have advice for damage at the crown?

    I had a really unfortunate haircut six months ago….split ends and dead lanky strands (my hair is naturally medium-fine/wavy from the back of the crown all the way down. Horrible cut and split ends in layer.

    I can actually gather the worst section of damage into one lock but I’m actually afraid if I touch it I’ll leave a bald spot.

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  4. Hey I have alot of split ends and I trimmed during the summer and I live in the Caribbean and I dont know if its the hot sun thats always damaging my hairs and I need edge control for my edges because they dont stay down and I plait or braid my hair before I go to sleep and leave in for some some and the curl pattern goes away after like 5-10 mins it doesnt stay and my parents dont always have money for me to buy heat protectant and good hair product packs like the cantu shampoo/cond and other stuff because each is $34+

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