Hair trimming is a long-standing debate in the natural hair world. Some argue 6-8 weeks is a good time frame, while others say 3-4 months. And then there are others who say never. No matter your stance, there are tell-tale signs that indicate a trim is necessary. And when they present themselves, you must act.
Single-strand or fairy knots come with the territory of natural hair. Knots happen. There are many ways to reduce them. You can keep your hair stretched and use oils/butters on your ends. But when those pesky knots cannot be kept at bay, then a dusting may be necessary. At every point where a knot occurs, the hair strand is weakened. I don’t recommend clipping knots that are higher up on the hair shaft, but if they are near the ends then dust or include them in your scheduled trim.
Split-ends can throw a major monkey wrench in your hair growth plans. Why? Because splitting can thin your ends and result in uncontrolled breakage. It’s for this reason, it’s recommended that you trim slightly above the end of the split. There are split-end repair products on the market that act as “glue” for your split ends. But it is important to note that they are only temporary solutions to use in between trims. Don’t trim your ends, and you may lose more than the 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Trust me. You’ll thank me later.
Tangling at the Ends
I always know it is time for a trim when there’s an excess of tangling (and tapering) at my ends. Ever untwist your twist and despite all your extra care the ends are still tangled? It may be time for a trim. Not only can it cause damage, but it can seriously ruin the look of a bomb twist out. And who wants that?
Your Hair Isn’t “Growing”
Is your hair the same length as last year? Are you deep conditioning, protective styling, and treating your hair like the finest of lace? If you’ve reviewed your entire regimen and still not getting results, then maybe you’re not keeping up with your split ends. This holds true for some who don’t believe in trimming or trim on a rare basis. Although there are some who can go a long time without a trim, there are others with more delicate hair who need to stay ahead of damaged ends. You may also want to read: 7 Reasons It May Appear Your Hair Has ‘Stopped Growing’