Three ways to trim your own natural hair

When my hairstylist, Tab, first mentioned that she wanted to trim my hair, I was like, “No ma’am. It has taken me three months to grow my natural hair. There will be no trimming!”

But she has known me long enough to be able to read my facial expressions well before I have to take her there, so she spent quite a bit of time explaining why it’s important to trim my natural hair before she ever took out the scissors.

Here’s what I learned.

Trimming your natural hair is a really important part of taking care of your natural hair to keep it and healthy. Here are natural hair problems that trimming your hair will help to solve:

  • Trimming your natural hair helps to remove split ends. Spit ends, by the way, can damage an entire hair shaft if left unchecked. You know what that means, you will LOSE that lovely string(s) of hair if you don’t trim the damaged part off.
  • Trimming your natural hair also helps to remove damaged hair. It happens. You can apply a little too much heat when you are blow drying or flat ironing. You can alter your hair color with a solution that has too much bleach or peroxide and damage your hair. You can try some dye that has really strong chemicals. Instead of allowing it to slough off little by little as you manipulate it, go ahead and trim the damaged parts off.
  • Trimming your hair will help fix the look of uneven hair growth. When you left behind perms, you did not leave behind the ability to have a beautiful hairstyle or neat hair. So, don’t be afraid to trim off the hair that don’t want to curl or the portion that makes your right side fuller than your left.

OK. Now, that I’ve explained WHY you should occasionally trim your hair, here are the different ways forĀ HOW TO TRIM YOUR OWN NATURAL HAIR.

Straight Trim Natural Hair

1. Straight hair trim.
Focus on your entire head to ensure a consistent length. First, blowdry or flat iron your hair to get it all straight. Do NOT scorch your hair. If you’ve avoided heat on your natural hair until now, I do not advise that you use this method. Comb through your hair and cut it in sections working from the back of your head to the front.

Anyway, this tactic generates the most even final product simply because you will be looking at all of your hair as a whole and trimming it all together to ensure consistency in length. The problem I have with this tactic is that it tends to distract you from split ends.

Part Your Hair Into Four Sections

2. Sectional Trim.
This one is self-explanatory and the least time consuming. Comb through your hair. Detangle it, and part your hair into four sections: the four quadrants of your head. The front and back and two sides. Trim each section at a time. But when you’re done, don’t forget to remove the sections and give it a once over and make any needed corrections.

The “new” Buckwheat

3. Twist or Plait Trim
Separate your hair into four sections. Either twist or braid each section into small-ish twists or loose plaits. . all the way to the ends. Try to plait or twist your hair so when you’re done it’s pretty similar to the “new” Buckwheat (see pic to the right). The plaits or twists in the front should point forward – like bangs. the plaits or twists in the back, should just point backwards (and down).

The idea is to get a sense of how the length of your hair varies and to try to trim it to your desired consistency.

I’ve also found the following YouTube clips on trimming natural hair. Check them out. And get the job done.


No, this is not a comprehensive list of every different way to trim your natural hair. For example, once a week, I find an “obnoxious” hair that just REFUSES to lay down and is just begging for attention and I have to let that little piece of hair have it. So, do what you think works best for you. But don’t feel like you HAVE to go to the hairdresser every time you need a simple trim.
You have at least these three options.

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