I have talked to numerous naturals who honestly believe that now that their hair is in its naturally curly state, they no longer have to trim their hair or that it is simply unnecessary. Not So…Not So. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is Curly, Wavy, Coily, Straight, Colored, Permed, etc….Every Hair type & Texture need regular trims because the hair shaft will be to split naturally; and how often & how much you trim will be determined by several factors. Due to everyday manipulation of hair, our environment/weather conditions, hair styling/hair care, our ends can become damaged. If our ends are constantly dry due to lack of moisture or constantly brushing/combing/styling and leaving our ends exposed or rough handling to detangle hair or untangle fair knots then we are sure to have split ends. Many Naturals will hang on to unhealthy ends for length appearances but doing this causes more harm than good because small split will travel and become and even bigger split.
Not Pretty to say the least! Once you have trimmed, it is very important to keep your ends Moisturized and Sealed with an All Natural Oil or Butter to keep ends soft & supple. If you can, try to keep your Ends tucked away when Styling: Buns, Twists, Tucks, are great ways to Tuck & Protect your ends.
When Should You Trim?
Understand that Hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch each month. If you clip your ends on a regular basis, you should be removing about 1 /4 inch or less and should be able to notice some growth see length retention. We should be trimming our hair at least every 3 – 4 months, some say 4 – 6 months but it depends (again) on how we maintain and style our hair and/or our environment but determine what works for you. If you use heat (flat iron, blow dry, etc.), use hair dye or perms, etc., then you will need to check your ends regularly and will probably have to trim more often. Signs of needing are trim split ends that are rough, bushy or scraggly; ends that won’t curl or hold moisture and are constantly dry, all of which can cripple a hair style and stunt hair growth. Before you start, make sure you have good lighting & a nice size mirror; moisturize your hair from root to tip before you began, you don’t want to confuse split ends with dry ends….moisturizing prior to trim will help you to decipher between the two.
So How Do We Trim? Here are 4 Simple Methods…
There are several ways.
Some naturals will Conventionally TRIM their ends: When you fully trim your ends, you section your hair and trim and clip off the ends in EACH Section…Section hair again and repeat until you have trimmed your entire head.
Then there are others who will DUST their ends instead: This is my personal preference because I do a lot of protective styling, so my ends don’t suffer much since they are tucked away most of the time. Dusting is when you go through sections of your hair and lightly snip (dust) off any splits or bushiness that you see. You still section your hair but clip a little less than more. This method works great when you are doing the “Search & Destroy” when you simply go through hair in sections (again) and you literally search for splits ends and destroy them by cutting them off; if you pick a section that looks pretty good, you simply leave it alone and go to the next section.
Many prefer to Trim with Single Twist or Braids: I normally install my single twists during the time I need a trim or dusting. It’s pretty simple, part and section hair in smaller sections (don’t have to be mini twists), moisturize and detangle hair, twists or braid from root to tip, trim split, rough and/or bushy ends that won’t curl. This method also keeps hair separated so you don’t trim the same sections or twice.
Straight Hair Trim: If your hair is already in a natural curly state, by all means you do not have to straighten your hair in order to trim. If your hair is already straightened or is naturally straight this method is perfect due to the fact that there is no shrinkage and you can have a more even straight across cut. Trimming straight hair will also prevent you from cutting off too much.
So What is Your Method of Trimming? How Often do You Trim?
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You can tell a lot about the Health of ones hair just by observing their edges. Whether your hair is Permed, Natural, Locked, Braided/Twisted or Weaved...Edges will tell the Story of whether Hair Care or just simply Hair Styles MATTERS to you. Many of us, including myself, have very delicate and fine edges and I have to be Mindful of how I handle them or they will be Gone within days.
What Causes Edges to Recede & Break off
WEAVES & WIGS
There is nothing Glamorous about Receding Hairline (bald edges). Many just ignore the problem or don't know how to deal with them or solve the underlying issue. Some resort to covering up the problem with wigs and weaves. Weaves (especially lace fronts), when they are fixed too tight & mishandled can reek havoc on your edges. When taking them down, remove glue improperly, use plenty of oil and DON'T comb the glue out. Try purchasing looser wigs or sew-in weaves. I can't stress enough the importance of Moisturizing when wearing weaves, wigs, braids (which are considered also as protective styles) to keep your hair & edges from breaking off due to dryness.
The best thing to do is Prevention. Doing away with bad practices and incorporating healthy hair habits, a consistent regimen & especially hair styles that will Overall lead to less stress on your hair & edges. Many women like to wear tiny or heavy braids/twists extensions but they can be detrimental on the hair, especially your edges, as well as heavy braids which pull on your hair and edges. Limit how often you wear extensions and give your hair time to breath in-between wearing them. Also limit wearing headbands & ponytail holders, instead opt for silk or satin scarfs (less friction & slides on/off easily) to hold styles. Puffs, Ponytails and Pin-ups should be worn loosely, don't focus on sleeking your edges down which intensifies stretching those delicate strands to break off in know time. Switch up your Puffs/Ponytail styles and be sure to take them down before bed to allow your hair & edges to relax; Always, Always wear a silk or satin scarf and/or cap to bed every night.
BE EXTRA GENTLE
Your hairline is super fragile & delicate; it is Not the same texture and doesn't have the same resistance as your mature hair. Overall gentle Manipulation is the Key; lightly wash, deep condition, detangle, brush, comb, etc. I personally, don't use brushes on my edges by rather smooth them down with my hands which is gentler and snag proof. Take extra care with styling tools, blow dryers & styling products. If you must use gel, etc. for edges, opt for gel creams, flaxseed gel, aloe vera gel, butters or heavier oils. Try to stay away from mouse, gels, etc. that contain harsh chemicals (alcohol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes/fragrances, etc.).
How to Grow Your Edges Back
1. Limit weaves, wigs & extensions. Your hair & edges needs to breath and have as much of a break right now as possible. If you must use them, don't grab your edges at all!
2. Try to stay clear of hats, caps, turbans, etc. that constantly rub your edges. Keep them as free as possible from styling accessories until they began to grow back to a healthy state.
3. Keep your hair MOISTURIZED especially your edges to keep it supple & soft to combat dryness & breakage. Be sure to seal the ends which is the oldest part of your hair.
4. Oil your edges regularly with nutritious oils like Castor or Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Massage gently to stimulate hair growth.
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Remember: You didn't lose your edges overnight so it will take some time & consistency to grow them back. If you avoid stressful styles, maintain low manipulation & baby your edges...They will Grow Back. Try to Avoid chemicals, synthetic hair dyes, excessive heat while nurturing your edges back. With theses simple Practices & Tips, not only should you Recover your edges but you will be able to Maintain them and keep them healthy. If the Problem persists & it appears that your hair is not growing, Please see the Doctor.
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