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Self Trimming Natural Hair


The Science Of Black Hair Audrey Davis-Sivasothy

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Self Trimming Natural Hair Is Simple!

Because natural hair does not provide length cues that indicate a need for trimming, such as areas of transparency along the hemline, those with natural hair must pay attention to manageability cues instead.  When natural hair needs trimming, the ends are often drier, frizzier, sometimes straighter (from heat damage) and tend to tangle, snag and “catch” more readily.

Hair that is worn in its natural coiled and curly state can be trimmed in its finished style without straightening.  In fact, trimming the hair in the style most frequently worn will ensure that any hair shrinkage or texture influences will be incorporated into the final results.  Evenness is not as much a goal when trimming natural locks as it is for hair that is regularly worn straight.  Instead, for naturals the idea is to simply create hair ends that do not readily catch or tangle.  straightening natural hair for trims when it will be worn curly a majority of the time not only carries the potential for damage but is counterproductive.  Naturally kinky hair my be perfectly even while straightened, but once shrinkage and textured get involved, those perfectly aligned ends may end up producing a choppy and uneven Afro or wash-and-go style.

Self-trimming natural hair is simple.  First shampoo and condition the hair.  style the hair in several braids or large two-strand twist.  Air-dry the hair or use low heat to dry.  Then, simply trim the very tips (1/4 inch or less) from each twisted or braided section.  Trim any longer hairs on each twisted section that do not readily fit into the bulk of the twist, or hairs that simply taper off.

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