I remember going to the hair salon when I was younger and getting the full treatment: wash, detangle, blow dry, trim and style. Every two weeks. My hair was healthy, and I was beyond appreciative of my stylist. However, I always cringed a little when getting my hair trimmed; not because I didn’t trust my stylist, but because it was a process of cutting hair -- even though it was “dead” hair. Today, we’re hoping to relieve some of the uneasiness around trimming your hair by doing so in the comfort of your own home!
Here’s some materials you’ll need:
- Trimming Shears (Not craft or kitchen scissors; these need to be specifically for hair trimming)
- Fine Tooth or Rattail Comb (This aides in getting a nice, clean cut)
- Ponytail Holders
Now for the tips!
- It’s best to start on freshly washed and blow dried hair (Hair can be flat ironed as well, but isn’t necessary)
- Start the process as if you’d be flat ironing your hair; part a section at the bottom, about ½ an inch thick
- Comb through one section of the hair that was parted and stop when you see your hair getting thinner, or visible length distinctions
- If it is not visible, keep combing until you see a change in the length, texture or opacity
- If your hair is kinkier at the ends, it is likely that you need to trim more off of your ends
- Everyone’s hair is different! You may end up trimming up to two inches from your ends, or you may only need to trim off a centimeter
- If you trim your ends regularly, it’s likely that you won’t need to trim much off your ends
- You should trim your hair at least twice a year
- Be sure to moisturize your ends! Along with moisturizing your ends, make sure you moisturize your scalp as well. (Ex. Oils, Hair Repair Creams, Leave-In Conditioners, etc.)
- It’s a great idea to trim your hair in the mirror, to ensure you can see what you’re doing. Remember, if you make a mistake, your hair can always grow back!
Checkout this YouTube video of a proper hair trimming tutorial by @natural85!
Now is a great time to practice trimming your own hair, especially since we’re all being quarantined. This DIY will help you along your healthy hair journey, and your own autonomy on what you can do on your own! Be sure to check out the rest of our blogs, here.