To trim or not to trim? What is the better option?
The better option for anyone’s hair is a trim in my opinion but in the natural hair community, this topic has been a long-standing debate. What better way to dispel confusion than to solicit expert advice on best options for our natural hair. Demonica Allen, professional hairstylist and owner of Curly Couture in Lafayette, Louisiana answer some of our questions and gives us 4 reasons to trim our natural curls.
Why is trimming our hair important?
It’s important to trim our natural curls because it insures the health of our hair. Our ends are typically the oldest, most manipulated, and most abused. This means that damage to our hair generally starts at the bottom. Regular trims are effective in removing split ends and any damaged pieces that if left untreated, could possibly continue to travel upwards.
How often should we trim our natural hair?
I don’t subscribe to a “1-rule fit for all program” when it comes to trims. Trims are personal! Hair grows at different speeds, some textures are more resistant to damage, & the regimen of a person all affect the rate of trim requirements.
Keeping the above in mind; I have found that the average Client needs to be trimmed once every 3 months.
Can trimming be the answer to hair growth problems?
Possibly. There are several issues that could be contributing factors to slow hair growth. Trimming the hair only deals with the ends of the hair strands. It removes split/damaged ends which prevent the damage from traveling upwards on the strand. Keeping the ends free of split/damaged ends allow the hair to grow stronger, longer, and healthier.
Should one always have a professional trim their hair or can we do so at home?
Having a trim done professionally in a salon by qualified licensed Stylists offers the assurance that your hair is not only receiving a trim; but you also receive a customized consultation to give you further insight into YOUR hair! A qualified Stylist will also give you a more precise trim that only removes the necessary amount of hair.
Finally, for those Ladies that decide to trim at home: NEVER trim with scissors that you have lying around the house. Please invest in a pair of shears that are only used to cut/trim hair.
Any other thoughts you would like to share with our readers?
Clients often come into the salon with the aspiration of “long” hair. I often tell them to place the focus on “healthy” hair. Once your scalp and hair
We really appreciate Demonica taking the time out to answer some of these questions and hope you were able to get a few takeaways as well. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.