10 Reasons To Trim Your Ends


Some believe it is unnecessary to trim curly or natural hair. Or you should trim your ends as needed (In most case if you wait until a trim is needed you’re already experiences breakage or damage).  Many hair experts disagree if this.  They will tell you clipping your ends should be  apart of your regular maintenance for natural hair.  It helps your hair stay healthy and stronger.  Below are signs/reasons to trim your ends.

Why Trim Your Curls

1. Ends Are Damaged

2. Hair Lacks Shape and Movement

3. Hair is Breaking

4. Hair is not Growing (that you’ve noticed)

5.  Noticeable Split Ends

6.  Hair is frizzy

7.  Hair Tangles Easily wet or dry

8. Single Strand Knots

9. Hair Lacks Curl Definition

10.  Your Hair Seems Unmanageable or Unruly

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  1. How often should your ends be clipped? I rarely straighten my hair but I don’t think I’m clipping my ends as much as I should clip them?

  2. what should i do? my hair has been a mess ever since i relaxed it. it grows slowly. please give me some tips to follow.

  3. I did not trim regularly and boy did i pay for it. Others had me convinced that ends only needed to be trend 1x or 2x per year. I ended up having to trim 2 -2 1/2 inches or bushy/crunchy/split ends. Couldn’t get the comb thru it (or it would break in the process). I will now dust ends as needed 🙂

  4. My hair is dry and frizzy. I keep chopping off the ends and it never gets to grow. So my hair just stays short. It would be great if I didn’t cut it and let it grow, but since it just gets bushy/frizzy and dry/brittle at the ends, it doesn’t look like that will ever happen.

  5. You do not NEED to trim your ends, you can trim if you’d like to. Trimming your ends does not improve the overall health of your hair it just provides a short term fix to a bigger problem: not protecting or taking care of your ends.

  6. I clip pixie knots and call it a day. I agree damaged/split ends and style changes may warrant a clip but experts have gotten plenty of information wrong before and the entire hair community is split on whether regular clips/trims are necessary or simply melodramatic. I personally don’t have a history of split ends and am not vigilant about my hair care at all and still maintain a normal 6+ inches of hair growth each year as have many curlies over time. I think this is still an open issue.

  7. I just trimmed my hair and instantly felt a difference. I wanted to trim my hair to make it more even and shaped. I must say my hair feels softer and the ends are smoother. I really believe trims are very important to maintain healthy hair. You can set your own schedule for trims instead of following the 4-6 week traditional scheedule. Have a great day! ~Eva~


  8. It actually does in a indirect way by maintaining or improving the overall health of your hair.

  9. I don’t think most of these are great reasons to trim your
    hair. splits are really the only reason to trim but, if you don’t
    know how to take care of your hair, then you may need to wait.
    Trimming your hair constantly could mean that you’re cutting off
    your growth. Meaning your hard work may be in vain, if you’re
    trying to get to a certain length.

    • naturalhairrules says:

      I agree! But if you have a combination of these signs and it has been 3 months or longer since your last trim then it’s time & a trim will remedy some the preexisting issues

  10. I don’t have knots or anything, you can feel the difference
    in my hair where the ends are damaged and I had someone press it
    out before and they were visible. How have you been able to manage
    dry ends?

  11. This is a good post, I have been growing my hair natural for 1 year I would say, grew my hair out from permed top, shaved back. But my ends are horrible, everytime I think I’m doing better and they get crunchy so snip snip. I hope I can manage my ends better

  12. Single strand knotts arent really worth cutting your hair over. With tightly curly hair. They happen and are gonna happen and if you continuously cut your hair when you see them… you wont see any growth. Usually if i see a knot on a strand or so i just trim that strand and call it a day. a all over haul will have me trimming every week. & the only way to really avoid single strand knots are to keep ur hair straight or stretched all the time and that just bores me lol.

  13. Trimming hair does NOT make it grow faster. That is a myth.

    However, trimming is necessary if you have damaged ends, yes. But trimming does not contribute to growth.

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