In the end, the chop taught me 3 things:
1. A proper trim is necessary.
I’ve been trimming my own hair since I’ve been natural. My mother trimmed it once in the beginning but other than that it’s been all me.
I love the twist and trim method where you install two strand twists throughout your hair and snip off the tapered ends, thus ridding yourself of split or damaged ends. However, if you have lightly colored or bleached your hair, your strands will experience alterations as well that are more expressed in the ends.
You may not be able to hit these well when doing the twist and trim method because you’ll only really notice it when you straighten it. Which leads to my next point.
2. Color “always” has its downside.
No matter how careful you are whenever you color and alter the natural state of your hair some effect will take place. The addition of chemicals to your hair ultimately changes the strands. Lighter hair will be prone to more dryness and breakage as it’s harsher on the strands.
I feel even if you get your hair professionally colored versus attempting to do it yourself, you still will notice a change in the health of your hair, especially with kinkier hair types.
If you chose to go the color route, try to avoid permanent dyes or the ultra light blondes if your hair is fine and sensitive to chemical damage.
3. It will grow back.
Lastly, you have to come to the realization that it will grow back. It’s hair and each month it grows at least a quarter of an inch and with optimal care you can boost growth.
Yes, there was a noticeable difference when I looked into the mirror, but with the loss of those inches I gained health. I’d rather not hold on to frazzled ends trying to imitate long hair at the expense of healthy hair.
It was worth it and I’m sure it will increase the growth of my healthy hair and I know it was worth it in the long run!