3. Straighten and Snip
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
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.