Con­tent Pro­vid­ed by Klassy Kinks

Hair scientists, stylists and bloggers debate on how often one should trim their natural hair, but one thing is for certain: healthy ends are essential to having healthy hair! Regardless of how often you plan to trim your hair, there are a few signs that you should bring out the hair shears sooner rather than later — coming from someone who’s had to deviate from her trim schedule twice in the past six months!

Detangling is a Nightmare

This is the main sign that trips me off, and this hap­pened a few weeks ago while I was try­ing to braid up my hair before bed. It was a seri­ous uphill bat­tle to part and then detan­gle my hair because the ends just con­tin­ued to knot up on one anoth­er. If your hair is prop­er­ly mois­tur­ized and your detan­gling ses­sion is abnor­mal­ly incon­ve­nient, you may need to snip a lit­tle to give your hair the boost that it needs with some fresh ends.

Your Twistout Looks Raggedy

Twist outs/braid outs/bantu knot outs/wash and gos (whichev­er style is your pre­ferred go-to) will look a lit­tle off if your ends aren’t in good shape. When my hair is in need of a trim, my twist outs will be unchar­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly frizzy, or my ends will stick out quite a bit. If your ends are sig­nif­i­cant­ly thin­ner than the rest of your hair, it’s hard to achieve that volu­mi­nous look that nat­ur­al hair often priv­i­leges us to.

Your Ends Won’t Curl Up

After doing the most with heat, you might notice that your ends don’t curl or kink up like they used to and you’re forced to roll them or dis­guise them to blend with the rest of your hair. Most like­ly, you have heat dam­age and unfor­tu­nate­ly, it’s an irre­versible con­di­tion. Sulk for all of five min­utes and then get right to trim­ming! Hold­ing onto heat dam­aged ends makes it dif­fi­cult for styles to real­ly flour­ish. You’ll con­tin­ue hav­ing to braid and curl or twist and curl your ends to try to get them blend them in with the rest of your hair. Save your­self the strug­gle and just let the heat dam­aged hair go, a half inch or inch at a time if need be.

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When my ends need to be trimmed my hair changes col­or on the ends. They turn this bright auburn red. I think not trim­ming the ends makes them vic­tim to sun dam­age. I know as soon as I see those ends chang­ing col­or they need to go!!

Man, im glad I didn’t fool with the straight­en­er too long, heat dam­age does suck..luckily..only a small por­tion in the front is some­what longer than the oth­ers… But when I wet it can’t tell the dif­fer­ence. How­ev­er, my only prob­lem now is get­ting my hair to grow..from 07–2014 its been at my collarbone..when straight­en! But, I will admit, I don’t care for my hair as I should ..and sleep on it as I know I shouldn’t expect much..but still.. I think twist­ing or braid­ing up my hair and leav­ing it like tht for 6 weeks would do my… Read more »
Mel Stevens

Hey! Thanks for the tip! I just trimmed my ends last month and it feels real­ly good to have healthy hair! Thanks to Saki Katana shears, I don’t have to get an expen­sive trim from a salon. These things are high grade: made of Japan­ese stain­less steel, with thick and short sword back blades, which make cut­ting very smooth and easy. I real­ly like them and they’re extreme­ly com­fort­able to use! You can get them online! :)


my DOES all the things stat­ed in the arti­cle i just feel like i need/want one :-)


I haven’t had heat on my head in 2+ years but some of my ends are still straight. Is it pos­si­ble to have two types of hair on the same strand?


These signs are the same for my hair as well. I also look out for the vel­cro ends that are more notice­able when I straight­en my hair.

Miss T

Nat­ur­al hair con­fes­sion: I haven’t trimmed my ends in 2 years, don’t judge me.


Do you!Not every­thing works for every­body. My last trim was 8 months to soom be 9 months ago and to be hon­est I regret trim­ming it a lit­tle as I would have been BSL by now! I will not trim again again until I hit my goal.

Adeola @ TheManeCaptain

my hair has an auto­mat­ic sched­ule of every 3months because that’s when detan­gling starts to become a night­mare! I love the feel­ing of fresh­ly trimmed hair though :)


I des­per­ate­ly need help with my hair it always have split ends and I always cut off more than need­ed but the splits ends nev­er go away!If I cut my hair again they’ll only re appear I’m start­ing to go crazy like I just wan­na cut all off,I like wear­ing my hair out but peo­ple keep pes­ter­ing me to put it in one all the time and I don’t like that because my edges are already thin,I’m tak­ing hair vit­a­mins and noth­ing has changed my hair stays about 6–7 inch­es always dry and doesn’t wan­na grow :(


What’s your usu­al hair reg­i­men like? Your hair may need more mois­ture, less heat, a pro­tein treat­ment or maybe even DC ses­sions. Just some pos­si­bil­i­ties that have helped oth­ers.


I usu­al­ly keep it in one or out,sometimes I ban­tu knot it,I used heat prob­a­bly 5 times from last year to this year I think the fact that my grand­ma combed my hair dry using a fine tooth comb before flat iron­ing caused it to be in this state longer,i wash and con­di­tion my hair every weekend,at night I twist sec­tions of my hair then cov­er it with a satin hair­cap.


Maybe try less styling/manipulation? I think a good step would be to find some Youtube vlog­gers with a sim­i­lar hair tex­ture to yours and see what they did to grow out their hair. BGLH just had a great post with some love­ly ladies to learn from. Check the com­ments for oth­er vlog­gers, too. :)

Emma J B W

Oh wait, I see the link at the end say “read the rest here…” Sor­ry guys!

Emma J B W

Am I being com­plete­ly dense? The title is “4 Signs It’s Time to Trim Your Nat­ur­al Hair” but there are only three…

African Naturalistas Hair Products

The arti­cle says you should read the rest else­where, by click­ing the link which fol­lows.


I’ve noticed in the past two years of being nat­ur­al that I am scis­sor hap­py! I have promised myself to NOT trim unless it’s nec­es­sary. Healthy hair is the pret­ti­est hair, in my opin­ion!


whaaaaaaaaaaaat? your hair looks great in all 5 pic­tures. Am I miss­ing some­thing?


I recent­ly had my ends cut after eight months. I usu­al­ly have them trimed faith­ful­ly every three months.I will nev­er go that long again. My hair feels and looks 4x bet­ter.


Great arti­cle. And i just have to say that the writer is SO cute!!!


Great tips! My ends are look­ing ragged so am going to trim this week­end after buy­ing new scis­sors. My hair scis­sors have turned into house­hold ones =) . Don’t want to cut too much though. I did ask my mum but she didn’t want the respon­si­bil­i­ty, hope I can do the back prop­er­ly!


When I trim I always put my hair in twists first so I can make it even as pos­si­ble and spot the dammage eas­i­er. I cut using the bath­room mir­ror. Hope­ful­ly this helps!


for some rea­son although i have only used heat once in my life i still get split ends a lot (thats what my mom said) mean­ing i end up get­ting a trim quite often so as soon as my hair grows she says its already got split ends. i now wrap my hair dai­ly with a head­scarf (satin/silk) and i mois­turise and seal but are there any more tips to avoid hav­ing to trim my hair every 2 months?

if your hair is long and rub­bing against your (cot­ton) clothes, that could also cause split ends (just like sleep­ing on a cot­ton pil­low espe­cial­ly if you toss and turn) even just wear­ing my hear in a braid out or twist out is sup­pos­ed­ly bad because of expo­sure and wind… Sad­ly it seems that even though I’ve spent so much time and effort try­ing to get my hair to grow longer, in order to keep it healthy, I have to wear updo’s or pro­tec­tive styles or not only will I have split ends and fairy knots, but i’ll also have lit­tle fuzz… Read more »
Sara here a tip that my daugh­ter and I decov­ered caused our split ends. Take not­ic of your air vents in your home. I went on vaca­tion in DC once with rel­a­tives, my hair was very heathy and I have been there in cool weath­er before. This time where I slept have a vent over the bed with the warm air. I had to cut almost inch and a half off. I’m just say take notice of them you may be in for a shock, even at school notice. I have a con­vert­ible car, sor­ry no hair blow­ing in the… Read more »

Ps Sara. What kind of scis­sors are you using? Or they dull? If they are dull this could also cause split ends. Are you cut­ting on wet or dry hair? If you are cut­ting on wet try dry now or cut­ting dry try damp hair. Just some sug­ges­tion you could talk to your mom about.


Yes these are all tale signs a trim is need­ed for my hair too. Just self trimmed myself a few days ago. I had been twist­ing all win­ter and then tried to move on to my usu­al out styles for the spring and my hair was like um no. I trimmed about a half inch off. Much bet­ter. I think if you take pret­ty good care of your hair you don’t have to trim too often but even­tu­al­ly you do have to get a trim to keep things in check.


De-tan­gling is always a night­mare for me, even when I’ve got a fresh cut/trim. I don’t do twist-outs or apply heat to my hair, so unfor­tu­nate­ly, none of these tell-tale signs will work for me…