It’s that time of year again. After let­ting your strands whip in the warm air this sum­mer, it may be time to trim and dust your mane for the fall. No need to rush to the salon, you can snip away raggedy ends in the com­fort of your own home and save a few bucks in the process. Here are four sim­ple ways you can trim your hair.

Stretch and Snip

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This tuto­r­i­al by Nap­turalE­lenor is straight­for­ward and great for begin­ner self-trim­mers. Part your hair in medi­um sized ver­ti­cal sec­tions. Next, spray your ends with water and detan­gle. Hold­ing your hair between your mid­dle and point­er fin­ger, use your detan­gling comb to stretch your hair. While hold­ing your hair taunt between your fin­gers, snip off your split or frayed ends with shears. Repeat the process over your entire head.


Trim To Frame

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Regal Fro, who rocks her hair in a bomb afro, trims her hair by part­ing it straight across her head then sep­a­rat­ing the two sec­tions. After detan­gling and stretch­ing the hair, she stretch­es her hair between her fin­gers until she spots the split ends. She then trims the split ends with her hair extend­ed out, not down. This method is per­fect for those who wear true afros like Regal Fro. She trims her hair based on how her afro frames her face.

Twist and Dust 

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Vlog­ger and 4C nat­ur­al Bre­an­na Rut­ter uses the two strand twist method to trim her hair. Only using water to detan­gle, take a small sec­tion of hair and twist from root to tip, mak­ing sure to smooth the hair as you twist. When you see and feel rough frizzy ends, snip them off with the shears. Final­ly, take out the twist, detan­gle again and re-twist the same sec­tion. If you missed any dam­aged ends the first time around, you will def­i­nite­ly catch them the sec­ond time you twist. Be sure not to take off too much hair; you’re only dust­ing.

Straight­en and Trim 

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Although you don’t have to straight­en your hair in order to trim it, some may feel more com­fort­able going that route. Nat­ur­al Hair guru Mo Knows Hair has an excel­lent tuto­r­i­al on trim­ming straight­ened nat­ur­al hair. After blow dry­ing and flat iron­ing in small sec­tions, part your hair into four sec­tions. Start from the crown of your head and part straight down the mid­dle. This will ensure bal­ance in your trim. Then in the back of your head, sep­a­rate a thin ver­ti­cal sec­tion of hair and place your hair between your fin­gers. Final­ly, clip one eighth of an inch of hair. Nev­er clip from the palm side of your fin­gers, always clip on the back side of your fin­gers. After each sec­tion in the back of the head has been clipped, comb down the entire sec­tion and snip any uneven­ness. Repeat the process on your entire head.

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5 Comments on "4 Simple Methods for Trimming Natural Hair at Home"

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[…] high school I began to trim my own hair.I found val­ue in it ‚because I under­stood that in order to have healthy hair a trim every now and […]

Charlotte Roberts

Great arti­cle, I learn to dust my ends myself trust­ing to get a trim not a cut.


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Miss DJ

You don’t hold hair “taunt” you hold it “taut”. Total­ly dif­fer­ent mean­ing…

Kayla V.

I had nev­er seen the first two videos before. Thanks for shar­ing!