Curl Talk Q & A: Should My Hair Be Trimmed Curly Or Straight?

by Ebony Clark-Bomani

Q: I have an appointment to get my hair trimmed soon. Should it be done curly or straight? -BB-

A: That depends. My personal opinion is that you should have your hair trimmed in whichever state you wear your hair the most. Some stylists believe, wholeheartedly, that you should NEVER straighten your hair to get it trimmed. I believe the same. However, if you straighten your hair for the sole purpose of wearing it straight, and you JUST so happen to trim it while it's straight, that's one thing. I'd advise against straightening for the purpose of getting a trim. Now, I have no problem with a light blow out, especially for hair that is more highly textured. Hair that isn't truly defined (more cottony/spongy) and has a ton of shrinkage may benefit most from being lightly blown out prior to being trimmed. It will allow you to "see" everything and offer more control. Plus, it's much faster! You also have to take into consideration the consistency of your curls. If your patterns are extremely varied, it may be better to arrive at the salon with your hair already in its "wash n go" state, IF you wear it that way most often. Having your hair cut or trimmed this way will allow your stylist to make your curls LOOK more consistent and balanced while curly. Otherwise, if your stylist is comfortable trimming your hair in its curly state---wet or dry---and is able to do so without compromising too much length (if that's a concern), you have a winner!

Which do you prefer, curly or straight trims?

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