Q about trimming own ends
I probably should have researched BEFORE I did it, but I am impatient like that at times. It's funny, I have been debating getting a trim at a salon but have been almost terrified to go in since going curly because I have always had bad experiences with asking for JUST A TRIM and getting a few inches cut off. Or asking to just clean up layers and ending with a ton of them all over the place. It's going to take me a long time to get my hair long enough that I can even things out as it is.
So anyway, I just got bored and decided to trim just a little off my own ends a bit ago. I have been looking through my ends and found only maybe one or two split ends so I wasn't sure if I even needed a trim for health reasons, but I guess I am trying to even out razor fly aways and layers little by little on my ends and get some shape to the curls. Having not had a trim in probably over a year and not always taking the best care of it I'd say it was also maybe a bit dry on the ends.
What I did was went through my hair one clump at a time and took a small bit off... varying depending on how the curl looked but never more than half an inch probably, but not straight across... more of a tip/curl shape. Then for my straighter layers on the back underside I tried to even them out (when I pulled half to each side they were WAY uneven) and bring them up just a little more so they sat under my longest curly layers.
Now I wonder if I did that ok? I mean it looks good right now, and I know it won't always clump the exact same or sit the same, but I tried to take about the same off each clump anyway. But I imagine if I were to straighten my hair it would be far from perfectly even. My question is do you worry about that when getting a trim? I don't plan to straighten, but I do once in a blue moon (though not since I have really focused on curls). Do you feel like it's better to tailor to each curl or do an even length? It's a good thing curly hair is somewhat forgiving and can hide uneven lengths easily lol.
Fine, low porosity, med/high density
BSL - going for mid back to waist
HG: currently just washing with a low poo that contains protein (Alba Naturals Coconut) and using Suave Naturals Coconut as both a RO and LI. No stylers right now, but this gives me pretty good curl, definition, low-ish frizz, and it feels and looks good. Also an occasional PT (liking the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula which has cones) seems to be key for me.
Modified CG since February 2013