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NEW BEGINNINGS: Ways to trim your own hair

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There’s nothing like knowing you need to trim your hair but being too afraid to allow someone to do it.

There’s too many horror stories of going to so called professionals for a simple trim, only to leave their establishment with 3 less inches of hair. Like, “What just happened?”

There are certainly times when you’ll need to get a professional trim done but it may take some time and effort to find a stylist you can trust. Even when you do, you’ll not want to spend all your hard earned coins going to someone else to trim your hair all the time.

It’s time to learn how to trim your own hair. Let this be a new beginning of caring for your own hair.

As discussed in the post on trimming for hair growth, trimming your hair helps with hair growth although it doesn’t necessarily cause hair growth.

Ways to Trim Your Own Hair

There’s many ways to trim your own hair:

  • on twists
  • in sections
  • in a ponytail
  • with the rubber band method
  • on individual curls while in a wash and go that’s been set with a gel
  • on straight hair
  • on blown out hair

How you trim your hair will determine if it’s even. If you wear your hair in a curly state most of the time, trimming your hair with any method (other than straight) will result in hair that’s slightly uneven. That’s ok if you are only looking to keep your ends in good condition.

Note: I only trim my own hair in two ways using the search and destroy method of trimming:

  1. A gel set wash and go
  2. In twists

Therefore, what you’ll see below will be what was shared by others. The techniques are effective for trimming your own hair with the sole intent of keeping your ends in good condition.

Now, let’s take a closer examination at a few of these methods of cleaning up the ends of your own hair.

Trimming Your Hair in Twists

This is by far, one of the easiest ways of trimming your own hair. You simply put an even number of twists in your hair on each side of your head (with a part splitting down the middle).

When twisting, make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled before twisting in even sections. Use a product that has a bit of hold to twist.

Once your twists are dry, taking one twist at a time, unravel the last inch of the twist and trim any hairs that make the twist look raggedy or thinned out. Try to trim the same amount of hair off each twist.

Mahoganycurls on Youtube, does a beautiful job of demonstrating this method of trimming your own hair.

Trimming Your Hair in a Ponytail

This method of trimming your hair is very tricky. It’s best done on long hair that’s been straightened out as it creates layers in the hair.

Here’s a demonstration by Naturallychea on Youtube:


Trimming Your Hair in a Wash ‘n Go

This is the most time consuming method of trimming your hair but it preserves the most length and leaves you with beautiful hanging curls.

It’s best to make sure your hair is thoroughly detangled and your curls are hard set with a gel. This allows you to see exactly what needs to be cut.

You’ll have to work on individual curl units so it will take some time but the results are very much worth it. This method was made popular by Lorraine Massey, the creator of the Curly Girl Method.

It’s similar to how you would trim your hair in twists.

I like to add clips to the ends of my hair as it’s drying in the wash and go so that shrinkage is reduced.

trimming your own hair

How you decide to trim your own hair will be determined by a few things:

  • Length
  • Amount of time
  • How you like to style your hair

Regardless of how you choose to trim your hair, it’s a good idea to learn each of the techniques.

This post is a part of the New Beginnings Hair Series.

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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