To Trim or Not To Trim
I have been natural for three years and within those three years, I have had my hair professionally trimmed four times. My first trim was one year post big chop. I then got a trim nine months later and eight months after that, I got my third. My most recent trim was four months later and leaves me where I am presently: in need of a trim! There are so many theories out there on how frequently you should trim your hair that I feel the need to trim on a more frequent basis even though I’ve had pretty decent ends, given the span of time between trims. I know it seems very sporadic and inconsistent, but I have had some real fears about the process of getting my hair trimmed. It’s not from getting the trim itself, but the process that precedes the trim and the variations based on the stylists’ preferences. A major part of my hesitation stems from not having a stylist that I can completely entrust my natural tresses to.
The very first time I got a trim was from the stylist who cared for my hair when it was relaxed. She flat ironed it, trimmed it and it was gorgeous. However, I received a small amount of heat damage as a result of the flat ironing. The second time, I went to a stylist whose clientele consisted of a majority of naturals. So, I felt reassured and again I was well pleased with the outcome. I was never fully comfortable with flat ironing a second time, for fear I would leave with more heat damage. I didn’t receive heat damage that particular time, but flat ironing was still not what I preferred. However, it was the stylist's belief that she needed to flat iron the hair so that she could do a precise cut. Subsequently, I continued to search and found a stylist who used minimal heat. This particular stylist did not use flat irons. Instead, she did a blowout prior to trimming. I was pleased with the outcome and even more so, the growth. Based on these stylists’ opinions, my hair was in good condition. Although, one recommended getting trims every 3 months or so, I had managed to grow my hair at what I considered a good rate in spite of not getting frequent trims. Although the last stylist is the one I would return to because she uses less heat, I am still left wondering if the trim was precise enough.
So, here I am now in need of a trim, but I am not yet completely comfortable with a stylist. I am a do it yourself type when it comes to styles and other forms of hair maintenance. However, trimming is the one thing that I would like to leave to the professionals. Although I have managed to grow my hair out successfully thus far, I would like to be more consistent with my trimming habits.
I guess the moral of the story is…when it comes to the topic of trimming YOUR natural hair, do your research and what makes you comfortable. There are many theories out there, but I believe it depends on your hair and how you care for it. As you progress in your journey and learn more about your hair, you will probably be able to tell when it’s time for you to trim. For me, my hair tends to tangle more at the ends and I get a lot of single strand knots. I just don’t believe that there is a cookie cutter answer in terms of how often you should trim.
I hope to find the answer to my quest soon. So, stay tuned for updates! Also, let us know if you have a stylist in the Houston area that you would recommend. Feel free to email us at weExchange@mail.com. WE naturals, sound off!!!