I was on a little break last week but here I am, back at it. To make up for last week, I’ll do a tutorial post today and a mucene one (hehehe) tomorrow. Let’s dive right in.
You might have heard this a lot, “Health over length.” It’s a great slogan for all naturals to remember. At the end of the day, you want healthy hair first, the length can follow. If you focus on length only, it definitely will not be sustainable. In the spirit of health, I’m trying to focus more on a healthy regimen this year.
I remember I mentioned in this post that I (slightly) straightened my hair in December last year. I was afraid of heat damage since I didn’t use heat protection. True to my fears, I did suffer some heat damage, especially on the crown and my ends. My crown section tends to have a very loose curl pattern. In fact, I think it is more of wavy than curly. So when heat is applied it becomes super straight. In addition to the heat damage, I also hadn’t trimmed my hair since December 2016 and I knew that I needed to. I was shedding too much, my ends were unruly and detangling was a nightmare. So I decided to do something about it.
Before I get into it, it is important to know the benefits of trimming natural hair. They include:
- Hair growth
- Managing split ends
- Getting rid of single-strand knots
- Managing breakage
- Easier detangling
- Shaping your mane
I didn’t want to use heat just to get the trim right. So, off I went to look for a million and one videos on YouTube so I could do it at home. Did I suspect that it might backfire? Yes. Did I still go ahead and do it? Absolutely! At the end of the day, I figured, “If bad, bad! Right?” My Kenyan people will understand that. 🙂
I found different methods of trimming natural hair without heat. You can check out this resource for more information. Personally, I decided to wash my hair the day before and stretch it out for two days before I could get into trimming.
After that, I used a pretty simple process:
First, I assembled my tools:
- A pair of hair shears (from Best Lady Tom Mboya. Everything else I got at Dubois Road in town)
- Wide-toothed comb
- Denman brush
- Fine-toothed comb
- A mirror
Then I got into the process:
- Dividing the hair into small sections
- Clipping away the rest of the hair that I wasn’t working on
- Thoroughly detangling the small section: first by going in with a wide-toothed comb then with a good old traditional brush (my Denman brush ‘got legs’) and finally going in with a fine-toothed comb
- As I went in with the fine-toothed comb, I firmly placed the section between my index and middle finger
- Once I got to the ends, I checked where the ends start to become see-through
- This was the point where I needed to trim. I angled my scissors and snipped off the ends
- I twisted the particular section up and checked that the ends were not thinning out towards the end of the twist
- Finally, I got the twist out of the way so I could deal with the next section
- I repeated the process all over my head
This is how much hair I cut off.
Compare and contrast the stringy ends before trimming and the results after trimming all my hair. Both pictures are of the same section of hair (half my head)
The process is that simple. Once everything was done, I moisturized my hair and used my oil to seal it in. I was leaving the house so I styled it into a puff and flat twist after this.
While trimming natural hair has that painful moment when you lose inches and face a setback in terms of length, I believe that it’s worth it. In the end, your hair grows longer and healthier.
I’m not too sure that I trimmed it perfectly but time will tell, especially with more styling. So far, I have noticed that I’m not shedding as much hair as I was before the trim. Detangling is also manageable. I hope to do a flat-twist-out this week so hopefully that will also let me know if I need to go in with the scissors a second time.
I’d encourage you all to get a trim at least once a year. It’s totally worth it in your journey.
If you have any questions, comments or even advice for the next time I need to trim, let me know in the comments section. Kwa hayo machache, have a lovely week and feel free to stalk me on social media! 😉