Girls, there comes a time in your life when you have to go to Sally’s, and look the lady over the counter dead in the eye, and say, “Please give me the sharpest pair of shears you have, and I don’t care how much it costs.”
You take the plunge by making the purchase, and then you go home, and jump in the deep end by cutting your ends.
I have been walking around with tumbleweeds at the ends of my hair for the last couple of months, and I felt as if I was trapped in a vicious cycle of detangling and tangling, detangling and tangling. It was absolutely ludicrous how horrible my ends were, and how long it took me to make the decision to go to Sallys, look the lady at the counter in the eyes, and admit my wrong doings.
So I purchased the shears, spent what I would consider a reasonable amount, because I had to take care of these ends immediately, and my plan was to cut as many inches as I would need to for my hair to look and feel decent.
How do you know when you need a major trim?
I have already mentioned one clue, and that is the excessive tangles. You find yourself detangling your hair, and within seconds, your ends are all over each other, as though you did not use the wide tooth comb* and the fine tooth comb right afterwards. By the way, never use a fine tooth comb to detangle – I was just having a moment.
Another clue would be super thin see through ends that indicate breakage in some areas, and splits in others. Your hair might be long, but you will do yourself a huge disservice if you do not get them healthy. There are no products in the world, other than the shiny, sharp ones at Sally’s, which will solve that problem.
The third clue will become evident once you straighten your hair, and notice the balls at the end of your straight hair that resemble dry, disrespectful tumble weeds. No matter how many passes you do with the flat iron*, you will not get rid of the balls, because nothing solves that problem, other than scissors.
The fourth clue is pretty easy to figure out, but you have to be aware of how your hair behaves to know something is wrong. My hair did not look right in any style: Bantu Knots, Braid Outs, Twist Outs, straight, or curly; nothing looked right, except a bun, and a tight one at that!