I recently launched a video demonstrating how to trim relaxed hair. This video is perfect for those wanting to learn how to dust relaxed hair, how to dust relaxed ends and how to trim transitioning to natural hair. This technique keeps ends healthy which helps you retain length on relaxed hair and long-term transitioning to natural hair.
How to Trim Relaxed Hair to Retain Length
[Dusting Thin Ends]
Keeping Ends Healthy
Keeping ends healthy is one of the key aspects to length retention. Hair will grow barring no medical issues. Average growth rate is somewhere around 1/2″ month. I cannot tell you the number of times someone has said – my hair is not growing. While that may be true in cases where there are medical issues, but in most cases, this statement is not true. What is true, the hair is growing, but you are not retaining because your ends are unhealthy. Dusting the ends is a perfect way to keep the ends healthy and retain the hair you have worked so hard to grow.
Dusting Does Not Alter Length
When dusting, you are taking off thin ends that serve no purpose to the overall appearance of the hair. Here is a before and after. The after clearly appears healthier.
Trimming Relaxed Hair Words of Caution
The best method for ensuring you get the most accurate snip to those ends are to use heat. However, I don’t prefer to use heat each and every time I want to just take off some thin ends. There is an element of risk to removing ends on air dried hair. However, it is a risk I am willing to take since I don’t wear my hair down often. Besides, with the small amount of hair that I am removing, the chances are slim to none that uneven ends will be visible should there be any. If trimming without heat makes you super nervous, then simply flat iron or blow dry your hair to smooth out your roots before snipping those ends.
How to Trim Relaxed Hair Using a Split-Ender
If self-trimming is not your thing, perhaps something like the split-ender trimming tool will meet your needs. I relied on this tool for years until I worked up enough nerve to trim my hair with scissors. Check out one of my earlier videos about the split-ender.