How to Tell If Your Hair Needs A Trim?
Trimming is what most naturals hate because it means we are losing “length”.
Remember the goal for your natural hair should be health over length.
Therefore, when cuts need to be done – do it.
And how will you know?
Your hair will start to give you all the tell-tale signs that gurl “you need to cut us”.
Here are 4 signs that your hair needs a trim:
1. Your hairstyle starts failing – Your hairstyles don’t look as good as they use to. They don’t pop, curl, or flourish like it used to. And this is a key sign especially if your products or technique hasn’t changed. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your hair has gotten used to the product. Or your technique isn’t working anymore. You could just need to trim or dust your ends. The removal of the breakage, knots, and tangles will leave the hair feeling lightweight, free, and better able to absorb the products for a flourishing hairstyle.
2. Ends look very straggly – Your hair ends look straggly. Therefore, they are not curly at all. It’s almost as if you have straight hair, which is not your usual hair type. If it is so, then cut. Your hair ends could be straggly because it lost its elasticity, heat damage, over manipulation, lack of protein, and/or moisture. Please be mindful of this sign as there are naturals with a straggly curl pattern. No matter how many times they cut, it grows back the same way. If you are like this – DO NOT CUT IT.
3. Ends don’t curl like it used to – Your curls don’t curl like they use to due to your hair’s elasticity. Elasticity is how easily your hair forms back into its natural hair curl pattern. So, if you pull it from the ends so that the strand moves from curl to straight then let it go, watch it. Does it go right back to its original curl pattern? Or does it stay straight for a long time? Do you have to clump the curl to get it to curl? If yes for the final two questions, you may need a trim. The ends are holding down the health of the rest of the strand so it’s taking a long time to curl up.
4. Ends are constantly tangled – And finally, your hair ends are constantly tangling amongst each other. The ends are weak, straight, and even straggly. So, it just grows in whichever direction it chooses too. It usually gets caught up in other strands and causes unnecessary knots. Depending on how often it happens or for how long you leave the tangle, it can be stuck. This usually results in you cutting out more than you initially had to if you had done it in the first place.
Cutting your natural hair is not the end of the world. Consider it a fresh start to another level of your natural hair journey. Your hair will not only look but feel much better when you are manipulating it for wash days or even for styling.