Biracial Hair Care Tips: Trimming

It is necessary for all hair types to get a good trim but, there is debate about how often to do this. The curly girl method (discussed in the previous piece titled “Biracial Hair Care Tips: Moisture Retention Methods”) says every four to six months. The tightly curly method says you shouldn’t have to trim often if you’re taking good care of the hair. Every head of hair is different and should be trimmed according to damage. You can tell if it needs to be trimmed using these signs…

• Split or dry ends
• Detangling problems
• Uneven hair lengths
• No volume or shape
• No length retention (due to breakage)
• Knotted spots

Now, how do you trim curly hair? The safest option is to take your child to a professional with experience with the type of hair your child has. However, some people can’t do that every time it’s necessary. It’s relatively easy to do trims at home. If you decide to, you have to get a good pair of scissors designed for hair to avoid further damage from a jagged or rough cut. You can usually find them for under $20. Another debate about trimming is whether to do it dry, wet, straightened or left in its natural state. You can decide accordingly for your child’s hair.

To do it at home, section hair into four sections (same as detangling) and work a row at a time. Part the hair length wise and pull straight out. Make sure it is fully detangled and run your fingers down the hair, stopping just before the end. Clip off hair. That’s it! Easy. You can cut as much as you want, but make sure you get all the damage off. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of trimming. I find that it’s best to do this during the detangling and L.O.C. process and then style as usual. The less manipulation the better. Some people do the “search and destroy” method. This is simply looking for areas that need to be trimmed off and “dusting” or cutting less than a quarter inch. This is good if you don’t want to cut the hair that much but is more time consuming.

Don’t avoid trimming because you don’t know how or don’t have confidence in doing it yourself. This will only lead to more and more damage, resulting in more hair needing to be cut off. Here are a few things that may make you need to get the scissors out a little earlier…

• Colder months
• Wearing the hair “out” frequently
• If hair is naturally dryer
• Excessive use of heat
• Use of chemicals (relaxers, texturizers, perms, color)

I hope this has helped someone out there. You don’t always have to spend money taking your child to a salon. Save that cash and do it yourself! As I’ve said before, Youtube has so many tutorials you can watch to learn just about anything! Thank you for reading and stay tuned for next week!

-Sherry Ulvick

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