The other day, as I was standing in the shower, having a full-out battle with my hair (the hair was winning), it struck me: I need a trim. Crap.
Most of us know our hair pretty well. We can see the telltale signs – hair is frizzing more than usual, it looks like someone stuck a piece of dried up hay in a light socket and then put that in a dehydrator, or, for me, the tangles. Whoops, what a cute way of saying it; I meant, ‘the-absolute-rat’s-nest-massive-you’re-not-spending-less-than-20-minutes-trying-to-get-me-out-tangles.’ They mean business. And it is because of these gnarly little rascals that the inspiration for this post was born!
Now, before we start with all this self-trimming business, let me make one thing clear: this is not the time to style your hair. Please, I implore you, seek professional assistance if your actual style is leaving something to be desired. And by professional, I mean someone who is willing to cut your hair while it’s dry, and someone who subscribes to the Curly Girl Method. Landscaping the whole thing is not your job; trim maintenance can be. I don’t want to be blamed for any monstrosities that could arise from you chopping off your hair in a misguided attempt at being edgy. We clear? Good.
Alright, next thing up: the kitchen scissors you’ve been using to cut tape, shoelaces, fabric, food, and everything in between will simply not do. Hair shears. Find a beauty supply store, chat up the clerks, and grab your scissors. Because I use mine so rarely, I spent about $30 on mine. You can buy shears easily upwards of $100 – it all depends on how much cutting you will be doing. Also keep in mind that they need to be sharp; you will be cutting your hair while it’s dry, and it needs to be a good, clean cut in order to help you at all.
Once you have your scissors, they also need to be stored properly. I rub a small bit of olive oil on mine in between trims and wrap them in a clean, dry cloth. Although I feel like this is obvious, I’m going to go ahead and say it anyway: keep your shears well away from children or pets or any ledges. They are damn sharp, and I would hate for any eyes to be lost.
How to Determine the Need to Trim
Since beginning the Curly Girl Method almost a year ago, I’ve trimmed mine twice. This will vary depending on you, your hair type, and your day-to-day hair routine. If you are super picky about always making sure to gently detangle, always have a silk headscarf or pillowcase, etc., then trimming will probably not be necessary as often. If you can be like me and just have days of not giving a crap about anything appearance-related, then more frequent trims may be the thing for you. If length is your goal, then you’re going to want to take extra good care of your hair. Trims are to get rid of dead ends and provide more oxygen into your hair shafts to stimulate growth. They are not meant to slowly wittle your hard-earned growth down to nothing. Trim sparingly, and wisely.
Next week: discussing the different types of trimming methods, and how to work your way through your mane. Please let me know if you have any further questions in the comments section!