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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hair Tips | How Often Should You Trim Your Natural Hair?

Trimming Natural Hair
MYTH: Frequent trimming will help your hair to grow!

No, no sweetheart. That's a JACKED UP myth...

TRUTH: Hair grows from your roots and not your ends.

Trimming your ends will make your style appear neater, not promote hair growth. Whoever told you that was surely jealous of your hair, in hopes that you would trim it frequently. Fool me once...you know the rest...

Here are a few reasons to trim your hair, if needed:

  • Ends are frizzy and fuzzy
  • Single strands knots and split ends
  • Damaged ends and lack of curl definition (heat damage)
  • Hair is unmanageable or tough to deal with
  • Tangles too easily with manipulation
  • Tough to detangle while dry or wet and hair snags often
  • Excessive shedding!

How often should I trim my hair?

It all depends on how well you care for your hair. If you prefer the fresh-cut look (especially if you wear your hair straight), it would be best to trim every 6-8 weeks. If you truly care for your hair daily, you can schedule to trim your hair every 10-12 weeks. You can even get away with trimming twice a year. It all depends on your preference and how you care for your own hair.

Hair naturally grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch a month. If you do regular trims, you will still be able to have length retention.

Trimming Natural Hair

June 2015
Trimmed about 2 inches

How can I trim my hair?

Professional trim
Usually the stylist would wash, deep condition, protein condition, blow dry, and flat iron your hair to see where the split ends are located. Sometimes they would just cut trim more than your split ends. A professional trim is nice and your hair will look fresh, but you can completely cut trim completely healthy ends.

Do it yourself trim
Basically, you would wash, deep condition, protein condition, and either air dry or blow dry. Once your hair is completely dry, section your hair to what is manageable for you. Take smaller sections to detangle once again. Once you get down to the bottom, trim the ends off. I would do about 16 twists on my head, so I could be close to accurate as possible. Make sure you are using hair shears and not your child's art scissors!!

You can also search and destroy your split ends in small sections. You would go through sections of your hair and closely find split ends to trim. I feel this is the most accurate way, but it can take forever.

Some do not trim their ends (have curly hair, don't wear hair straight often, wear protective styles, etc.), which would allow them not to have to trim too often. Listen to your hair and find a good trimming regimen for you.

Trimming Natural Hair

I experienced heat damage when I got my hair flat ironed
at the salon...lost length! However, it wouldn't be called a
hair journey for nothing. No heat for a LONG while!
I used to trim my hair twice a year and did the 'search and destroy method' to get rid of my split and damaged ends. However, I noticed that I was trimming not as much as I should, which would cause me to trim more than needed. So I will trim every 12 weeks (after I do my QNHAs) to have healthy ends.

Trimming Natural Hair

Trimmed 2 inches! Had to be done...

Natural hair says: you may be one of those who don't trim your hair and that's something you chose for your hair regimen. However, if you do notice any damage to the ends of your hair, it may be best to trim/cut them off to continue on your healthy hair journey.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J


  1. Heat damage sucks :( but it's called a hair journey. Great article. My ends are frizzy now and I'm planning on getting a trim. This helped alot

  2. Oh yes, it really does :'( Thanks for stopping by!


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