Easy Guide To Trimming Natural Hair At Home
Now that you know why you need to trim your hair, let’s get into how to do it. There are multiple ways to trim hair, but I’m going to go over the ways that I do it. I want to point out that I’m not a hairstylist, so I can’t teach you how to trim hair into a style or how to professionally shape it up. I’ll only show you the techniques that I use to trim my hair and hopefully it’ll help you.
Cut It In Twists
1. Part your hair into sections. It doesn’t matter how many you do, but you need at least two.
a. Part your hair how you want it to lay. For example, if you usually wear a side part, then part it that way.
b. You’re only going to work with one section at a time, so put whatever section(s) you aren’t using into a bun.
2. Now that you have your section, split it into smaller sub-sections to make it easier to detangle.
a. Once again, it doesn’t matter how many sub-sections you do but you will need to at least split in in half.
b. The thicker your hair, the more sub-sections you’ll need in order to get a thorough detangle.
c. Put whatever subsections you aren’t working with into a bun or ponytail.
3. Now it’s time to detangle. Put a small amount of water on your hair, and maybe even a little oil in order to make the detangling process easier.
a. You DON’T want to put a lot of water on your hair. You only want enough to make it easier to detangle, so that means just barely getting it damp. DON’T put enough to make your hair revert, just only out a little bit and add more only if you need it.
b. If you already have a method for proper detangling then go ahead and use it.
4. Put multiple two-strand-twists in each sub section after it’s detangled so that you can see your ends. You don’t have to do it as if you’re doing a twist-out unless you want to.
5. With the twists, you can see how frayed your ends are. Cut slightly above the damaged ends in order to make sure that you got everything.
6. Coil the ends of the twists in order to keep them from unraveling
Feeling For The Damage
Sometimes I don’t feel that I get all of the split ends or knots from cutting in twists. If I have a lot of single-strand knots that I need to get rid of, then I’ll skip the twists and just feel for the damage. Besides just seeing the knots and split-ends, I’ll know my ends are damaged if they feel harder than the rest of my hair, if they constantly feel dry no matter how much conditioner I put on, or if they’re significantly harder to detangle.
1. Follow steps 1-3 from the previous method.
a. Since you aren’t going to put these in twists, make sure each subsection is small enough to handle because you don’t have the benefit of them being congregated.
2. Use one hand to hold the sub-section and stretch it so that way you are able to feel all along the hair.
a. Continue to hold it, and make sure your holding by the ends because like I said, you want to be able to feel your whole sub-section.
3. With your other hand, place your thumb and pointer finger at the root of the sub-section and slide your fingers down until you get to the ends.
a. When you get to the point that feels significantly harder/rougher than the rest of your hair then that’s where the damage starts. Do this a couple of times just so you can be sure of the difference between damaged hair and healthy hair.
4. Now that you located the damage, it’s time to trim. Grab the hair shears with the hand that was sliding and trim directly above the damaged ends. You want to make sure you go slightly above the damage so that you don’t miss anything.
This is how I trim my own hair at home. I want to point out that although I don’t go to a stylist anymore, I’m not opposed to it. However, at this point, I’ll only go to a stylist if I feel that my skills aren’t cutting it anymore (you see what I did there 😊…. I had to do it).
Do you cut your own hair or do you usually have someone else do it for you? Let me know your favorite way to trim your hair at home.
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