What Camille Reed says about Dusting aka trims
I see more bloggers and vloggers instructing young ladies not to cut or trim their hair, showing off what they deem to be fabulously long hair without having been cut in multiple months or years.
The ends of your hair are the oldest and weakest part of your hair fiber. Yes, hair is a fiber and like most fibers, it has a shelf life. The ends are nearing the end of their shelf life and no amount of product will revive or repair fiber that is old and weather or style beaten. It just simply needs to be removed in small, but regular increments throughout the year.
I stick to the rule that 6 micro trims (read ¼” to ½”) every two months, will leave you with more than enough healthy hair to work with, especially since most healthy women average about an inch of growth in an 8 week time period.
A trim is not something easily done at home. Take the leap, do the research, find a pro. If you can’t find one in your area, contact me @Noireboss1 on Twitter and I will help you! I have pro friends all over the country that are ready and willing to help.
Without sounding too argumentative the first sentence is simply not true of all bloggers or vloggers, trimming is always encouraged and is considered a very healthy part of a great regimen.
The debate might be, how often and what method, for example some women choose to use the ‘search and destroy’ method which involves just trimming strands with knots, splits and other miscellaneous damage. That way you get to keep majority of the length. Others choose to do a blunt trim every few months to maintain their style.
I would also like to point out that hair growth rate is one of the few things in hair care that is genuinely genetic and while some of you have relatively faster hair growth*, no doubt many others are growing very slowly so generalizing trimming schedules is a big mistake. Alma (of BHI) has only trimmed her hair in the traditional sense two times in her journey to waist length. This is because she knows that she has very slow growing hair (4 inches a year). If she was to mindlessly trim 1/2 inch off every two months just because a cosmetologist said so, that would be 3 of her 4 inches gone every year!
Not convinced yet? Cathy Howse the woman most people in the hair community would recognize as one of the first to write about the subject of black hair after she grew her relaxed hair down to mid back length, says quite clearly in her classic book Ultra Black Hair Growth that you should not trim your ends often.
Might I also add that nature already has it’s own in-built ‘shelf life’. It’s called the hair’s life cycle which spans 3-7 years. Now if you are going to use chemicals and heat & style too often then of course you can expect that your ends will have all manner of damage which needs to be trimmed but if you are following a good regimen with protective styling and keep manipulation down to a minimum then naturally your ends will be healthy and strong.
Bottom line is hair growth rate, which is very individual, should dictate trimming schedule. I would go as far as to say that there is nothing scientific or deeply educational about cutting 1/2 an inch off every two months just because. You must do what is right for you when it comes to trimming. We call our ‘regular trims’ advice a rule of thumb in these parts, it is not set in stone.
Stay tuned for more debunking in part two. By the way, if you haven’t read the post on Afrobella yet, it can be found in it’s entirety here.