Need a Trim? Here are 4 Ways to Trim Your Natural Hair

3. Straighten and Snip

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This method of trimming natural hair is not necessary, but if you happen to be a natural who wears her hair straight often, then this will benefit you.

Section your hair in medium sections with a comb and then smooth your hair between your fingers and cut off any broken or see through ends.

My opinion is that this method of trimming is more trouble than it was worth for me. However, it might be perfect for another naturalista!

4. Wash N Snip

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I personally haven’t tried this method because I do not think it’s the right method for my hair. However, if you have a looser curl pattern and long hair then this may be what you’re looking for.

On freshly washed and detangled hair, put all of your hair on top of your head pulling it to the front so that most of your hair is hanging over your forehead.

Proceed to snip the end of each clumped curl. Then you can flat iron your hair and clean up the ends up even more by smoothing the hair between your fingers and dusting them.


If you do not want to use heat, you can just focus on trimming your hair clump by clump which is the first step. This is tedious and you need patience for it, but the end results will be gorgeous! You also have the luxury of being very precise with this method of trimming.

Before you start trimming your natural hair, it’s important to know when it needs to be trimmed. In a previous article, I discussed some tell tale signs of natural hair that’s in need of a trim.

There are four obvious clues that your hair is in need of a trim. The first clue is tangled hair that causes your fingers to get stuck, see through ends, frizzy hair that won’t tame, and an abundance of single strand knots. If you can identify at least one of these, then you are definitely in need of a trim.

Keep in mind that your hair grows one fourth of an inch to one half of an inch per month. You may not need to trim your hair as often as you did during your relaxer days.

I like to trim my hair once or twice per year, depending on the condition of my hair. However, you can trim your hair more often if that’s what your hair requires.

Also, making sure that you care for your hair properly between trimmings is crucial. The goal is to retain length. If you take care of the ends of your hair and seal them, you won’t have to remove over one quarter of an inch each time you trim.

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About Portia Cole


Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).

About Portia Cole


Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at huneybflyy.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).

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Phoenix McGee

I’m not brave enough to try lol. I just flat iron it before I trim it.

Kimberly Wood

Thanx for sharing..

Steen How
Steen How

I usually twist and snip once or twice a year. It’s the easiest way for me to trim. I don’t usually wear straightened styles, so it doesn’t have to be perfect for me. As long as the split ends are snipped I’m good

Kenya Holmes

I usually flatiron mine to clip my ends, but I’ve tried the twist method as well.

Marjorie Brown

Good article

Cynthia Stewart

Pretty cool!!!

Harriet Crayton

The next time you’re home Portia Crayton you can hook me up.

Charlene Cha LaBranche

I cut maybe sometimes too much lol

Britney Hills

I will be trying the twist n cut tomorrow wish me luck.

Deanna Lee Adams

I like the twist out method.

Natasha Robinson B

I have done twist out method.

Mercy
Mercy

I don’t flat iron and snip because I don’t want heat damage.. nooooo. so the twist and snip helps me a lot and I don’t have suffer the damage when it comes to flat ironing. my hair is past SL so I don’t want to big chop because of that.

Felicia Hopkins

I did need to know thanks.

M Patrice Baker

I just flat iron & trim every 3 or 4 months. Works perfectly

Stephanie
Stephanie

Wow! This is the first time i’ve heard of the “twist and snip” method. This sounds like something I might be willing to try. I never cut/trimmed my own hair because I was always afraid of making a big mistake. I am ALMOST excited about trying this. If it doesn’t work out . . . I can always go back to the salon for correction. 🙂

Gwendolyn Carter

I like too leave that too my stylist