Curl Talk Q & A: Trimming
by Ebony Clark-Bomani
Q: I've heard different views on trimming hair, from how often to whether it's necessary or not. I've even heard that you don't have to trim that often---if at all---if you're natural. What do you think? Should you trim or not? Do you trim yours and if so how often?
A: That's a good question. Personally, I believe ALL hair needs to be trimmed. How often a person trims really depends on the lifestyle and habits of the individual. If your hair goes through a lot of manipulation, color, heat, etc., the more often you'll need to trim. I don't really do much styling, nor do I have extreme habits (i.e. excessive use of heat and color), so my hair only gets trimmed when the seasons change, which is about every 3 months. Split ends aren't really a problem at the moment, but I get those little annoying individual knots occasionally. Wearing protective and stretched styles help to minimize those knots, by keeping my super coily strands from coiling around each other. A good trim is the only way to eliminate them, and this helps detangling become much easier. Also, the hair on the ends is naturally going to be drier than the hair closest to your scalp. It's the oldest.
The ends are more susceptible to damage/splitting during styling. It's better to be proactive and design a routine that includes regular trims. Regular, for you, may mean every 6-8 weeks, four times per year, or even twice per year. Trimming can prevent your hair from splitting up the shaft and ultimately breaking off. Angry, split strands are very ungraceful and don't care where they break, leaving you with jagged, unhealthy see-through ends. If nothing else, a good trim gives your hair an overall neater, more manicured appearance.
Question submitted by: JR
How often do you trim?