To trim, or not to trim??

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  • 3 Post By htlykme
  • 1 Post By gagirl09

I am straddling the fence on whether or not I should trim my ends. The longer it gets the more I am beginning to notice ssk's. On top of that, my ends look so frizzy when i try to shingle my hair with gel and feel so crunchy/dry after washing. When I comb my hair to detangle (with a wide tooth comb) I notice breakage too..

However, my ends look perfectly healthy when i do two strand twists... no frayed-looking ends or anything go figure..

Should I trim? Or is there another remedy I could do? I'm not at all against trimming, I just don't want to do it if it's unnecessary..


Thanks
Last Relaxer: October 28, 2010
BC date: 1-29-11
Hair type:3c/4a
Co-Wash: Suave naturals & any other cheapie conditioner for that matter
Oils: EVOO and EVCO




Personally I am a fan of trimming. I do not do it often maybe twice a year but like every 9-10 months. I trim my hair when it starts getting tangled on each other and usually by the time I go you can see where my hair is grown uneven. When I went last spring I think I lost maybe 1/2 an inch all over and that even things up. This time my right side was growing much slower than the left so I lost maybe 1/8 of an inch on the right but about 1.5 inches on the left and it is still uneven but it lays better.
Having said that I think it is a personal choice some ladies on here seem to have had great success with the seek and destroy method.

As for the single strand knot. Those I try to remove with my fingers or a needle and lots of conditioner. I also try to prevent this, personally I find using a leave in conditioner at night with a butter on the ends goes a long way and I also had to cut out my wash and gos. No matter what I do wash and go equals knots.

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Just to add my lil opinion your ends probably look great in two-strand twist because they are together and probably smooth

but if your noticing breakage and ssk's trust me it will be better to trim it now than have really long hair but discover 2-3 in. of split,thin,or damaged ends. I personally dont like trimming my hair esp. cuz i have short hair but my always ends look ,feel,and are great afterwards.I'd rather have a lil shorter healthier hair than long borderline hair lol. I've trimmed twice-1st time in definite need because of breakage and knots, and 2nd times I just didnt like how thin my ends were.

Idk how long your hair is but if its long enough to do S&D's that might be better or if not just trim off like 1/8-1/4in every month or months until your hair is getting a lil better

Ultimately do what you feel is best tho
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That sounds like you need a trim. It looks smooth in twist because you kind of manipulate them and smooth them. You'll stop retaining length with messed ends. So just trim them. Your hair will thank you.

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I think the next time I wash my hair I'm just going to trim it. You all are right about retention..better to just bite the bullet now than regret not doing it later. IDK how you have the patience to single handedly take out those ssk's lol.


I've been watching YT videos on how to trim my own hair, but I'm wondering.. can anyone trim it? Like would it matter if I went to a "white" salon and had them do it? Do you think they would trim too much off?

Thanks ladies!
Last Relaxer: October 28, 2010
BC date: 1-29-11
Hair type:3c/4a
Co-Wash: Suave naturals & any other cheapie conditioner for that matter
Oils: EVOO and EVCO




I think the next time I wash my hair I'm just going to trim it. You all are right about retention..better to just bite the bullet now than regret not doing it later. IDK how you have the patience to single handedly take out those ssk's lol.


I've been watching YT videos on how to trim my own hair, but I'm wondering.. can anyone trim it? Like would it matter if I went to a "white" salon and had them do it? Do you think they would trim too much off?

Thanks ladies!
Originally Posted by htlykme
I personally do my own trims while in twists, but I've had white people trim my hair for 15 years. I have always had much more of a problem with over-trimming by people of my own race than I've had by people of other races. Just my experience.
I chose to trim my hair by myself when it's in twists like Ronnieaj says. I just snip 1/4 in. from the ends and then instead of looking frizzy they just coil up neatly.
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Funny you guys say you trim while your hair is twisted because I did just that last night lol when I took the twists out this morning, my hair looked so much healthier and full

Trimming my hair was the best decision I've made with my hair since going natural. I'm starting to think that the whole reason my ends were bad to begin with is because of how my BC was done... she used clippers I haven't been to a salon since and I don't regret it at all.

I love how I don't have to rely on anyone for ANYTHING in regards to the health of my hair
Last Relaxer: October 28, 2010
BC date: 1-29-11
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Funny you guys say you trim while your hair is twisted because I did just that last night lol when I took the twists out this morning, my hair looked so much healthier and full

Trimming my hair was the best decision I've made with my hair since going natural. I'm starting to think that the whole reason my ends were bad to begin with is because of how my BC was done... she used clippers I haven't been to a salon since and I don't regret it at all.

I love how I don't have to rely on anyone for ANYTHING in regards to the health of my hair
Originally Posted by htlykme
Nice feeling isn't it? Now if I could just get the hang of cornrows I would be somewhere like look at me now, look at me now.


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Nice feeling isn't it? Now if I could just get the hang of cornrows I would be somewhere like look at me now, look at me now.


Curse you iPhone!!!
Originally Posted by gagirl09
lol I'm barely getting the hang of french braids. If I could do corn rows I'd be in wigs ALL winter
Last Relaxer: October 28, 2010
BC date: 1-29-11
Hair type:3c/4a
Co-Wash: Suave naturals & any other cheapie conditioner for that matter
Oils: EVOO and EVCO




I trim my hair myself when I'm just cutting 1/4" or S&D missions on SSKs and splits. Having a good, sharp pair of sheers makes a huge difference.

When I want to even my hair out, I go to a salon. Honestly since I stopped ironing my hair years ago, I haven't been to a "Black" salon out of circumstance but the two white women that have cut my curly hair so far did a great job and didn't cut more than I asked. Looking for reviews here on this site helped me a lot when it came to finding someone who can work with my hair type regardless of their race.

HTH
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Nice feeling isn't it? Now if I could just get the hang of cornrows I would be somewhere like look at me now, look at me now.


Curse you iPhone!!!
Originally Posted by gagirl09
lol I'm barely getting the hang of french braids. If I could do corn rows I'd be in wigs ALL winter
Originally Posted by htlykme
I can't do french braids or cornrows but I rock a quick weave most of the time. I just put all of my hair into bantu knots (10) and put the front section that I'm leaving out and going to blend into the weave in a twist until I'm ready to put it on. Works like a charm! I did this while I was transitioning and still do it now that I am completely natural since my focus now is length retention,health and growth. It's a great protective style and no one is the wiser unless I tell them.
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Trim that ish! I'm doing a little dusting this weekend (I will have more time). I almost always have my scissors (HAIR scissors!) next to me when I'm twisting: when I am detangling, I cut out any knots I can't undo and cut any SSKs that annoy me; and when I'm doing the twists, when I roll the end of each one, if it feels stringy, frizzy or any other type of yucky, I will cut the end of that twist.
This will be my first systematic trim and all my hair will be cut. I'm not expecting to lose much, maybe 1/4-1/2 of an inch everywhere, but I am looking forward to it and expect my hair to feel nice and fresh after.
My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse.

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