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This is not your usu­al trim­ming post. This is not about trim­ming off your dam­age in one fell swoop. Rather this is about micro trim­ming for even­tu­al thick­ness and length. So, what is micro trim­ming? Well, it is essen­tial­ly tak­ing off ¼ to ½ of an inch of hair month­ly or every oth­er month to cre­ate thick­er ends. (You can read a thor­ough descrip­tion of the method by Nadege on Relaxed­HairHealth.) How­ev­er, I want to share with you a vari­a­tion of this method to gain thick­ness while gain­ing a bit of length over time. First and fore­most, this tech­nique requires extreme patience; thick­ness and length will not gained overnight.

1. Get a rough esti­mate of your month­ly growth rate

Whether your hair grows ¼ inch or ½ inch per month will deter­mine how much you need to trim for this mis­sion. Some of us already have a rough idea of our month­ly rate, but if you’re one who doesn’t then start now. Mea­sure your hair today and then mea­sure that same strand again a few months from now. After that, divide the amount of your growth (e.g., inch­es) by the amount of time that has passed (in months.)  Deter­min­ing your growth rate does not have to be exact; a gen­er­al esti­mate will do.

2. Trim off less than that amount (every 1–2 months)

If your hair grows an aver­age of ½ inch per month, then trim ¼ inch each month. If your hair grows an aver­age of ¼ inch per month, then trim 1/8 of an inch each month. The idea is to grad­u­al­ly trim away your thin ends while retain­ing a lit­tle of your new length.  The process will allow for thick­er, longer hair to take shape over time. NOTE: If you’re not com­fort­able with trim­ming month­ly and/or you want to retain more length, then trim bimonth­ly. (Exam­ple: If your hair an aver­age of ½ inch per month, then trim ¼-½ inch every two months.)

3. Main­tain your healthy hair care rou­tine

Though the increased trim­ming means fresh­er ends every month, it does not mean you can slack on your hair care reg­i­men.  If any­thing, it is espe­cial­ly impor­tant to stay on top of your rou­tine in order to reap the final prod­uct of thick­er strands with a bit more length in the long run.

4. This is not for those seek­ing max­i­mum length reten­tion in a short peri­od of time …

Oth­er­wise I’d sug­gest putting away the scis­sors for a longer peri­od of time. This is about achiev­ing thick­er hair while retain­ing some of your new length over time. This is ide­al for those who don’t want to hack off all their dam­age in one fell swoop. This process can take sev­er­al months to a few years depend­ing on how much dam­age you have.  It is def­i­nite­ly not an “instant results” kind of task.

Have you tried “micro trim­ming”?


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8 Comments on "Micro Trimming Your Way to THICKER, Longer Natural Hair"

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I actu­al­ly start­ed this 3 months ago; didn’t know it had a name. My hair is nat­u­ral­ly thin so thin­ner ends looked hor­ri­ble. I’m very much sat­is­fied with the results of the microtrim­ming sched­ule I made. I’m going back to the every 4–6 months, or as need­ed sched­ule. I am not afraid of scis­sors. I’m not seek­ing floor length hair. I’d rather main­tain healthy hair, what­ev­er the length may be.


I got this with a reg­u­lar hair cut. My ends aren’t tapered any more


I kin­da do this. Every cou­ple of months, after I twist my hair, I snip off the ragged ends with sharp hair cut­ting scis­sors.


This is what I do every few months. I put my hair in twists & snip off the raggedy tapered ends. Just did it Jan­u­ary 4 after mak­ing changes to my reg­i­men to add more mois­ture


I lit­er­al­ly just trimmed my hair myself this past week. My afro looks bet­ter, and it’s a lot soft­er.

Napturally Kia

I thought thick­ness was pre­de­ter­mined by DNA


That’s what I do. I trim off half what I grow each relax­er day. Hair get­ting thick­er :)