My Go To Trimming Routine

Last updated on August 21st, 2021 at 01:27 pm

Trimming your hair is something you’ll need to do at some point regardless to how much you don’t want to lose length.  I have a go-to trimming routine that helps with retaining length and it’s found below.

Trimming routine

When it comes to healthy hair, you want to be sure to have routines in place for a complete regimen. I’ve shared some of my routines in the past and these are the most up to date:

Go-To Moisture Routine

Hair Growth Routine

RevAir Blow Out Routine

Related read: Routines to Incorporate Into Your Hair Regimen

My Trimming Routine

The next routine in my regimen that I’m sharing is my go-to trimming routine. This method of trimming helps with retaining as much length as possible while still keeping the ends healthy.

When trimming my hair I like to use the search and destroy method. This method of trimming is something that can be done at any time. However, I like to trim with this method on wash day.

I don’t typically just decide to trim my hair. I like to trim when my ends look excessively raggedy or feel rough. That’s when I’ll go about “searching” and “destroying.”

I’m not sure who came up with the name for this trimming routine but it’s brilliant.

How to Search and Destroy Trim

The search and destroy method for trimming should be done under the following conditions:

  • You have time and aren’t rushed
  • You’re feeling particularly patient

The steps are as follows:

  1. Section clean hair into small sections (I prefer 8)
  2. Working each section separately, use your fingers to feel for rough ends
  3. Look at your hair for obvious splits
  4. Trim the split ends just above the split on the individual hairs
  5. Moisturize and seal your ends

That’s it. It’s pretty simple but you do need to take your time to examine each and every hair carefully.

This is closely related to dusting your ends. Check out this article on Dusting to prevent split ends: Dusting 101

Cons of The Search and Destroy Method

The one negative of the search and destroy method is that it can make your hair slightly uneven over time.

This isn’t as big of a deal if you wear your hair curly or in a protective style most of the time. If you wear your hair straight, this is probably not the method for you.

It is however, the method I prefer to keep my ends healthy and I don’t mind my hair slightly uneven. If I ever want to even out my hair, I’ll get a professional trim. I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future because whenever I go to the salon, they get a bit too scissor happy for my taste.

What is your go to trimming routine?

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

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