Someone recently asked, often should I trim relaxed hair? While this question is viewed differently by many, for me it comes down to what does your hair prefer? What is the health of your hair? And, what are your goals?
What Does Your Hair Prefer
Some insist trimming is not necessary unless splits are visible. Others recommend trimming for maintenance and health even if splits are not visibly present. I have experimented with both philosophies and my hair performs best when I proactively trim on a scheduled basis.
Reactive trimming only when signs of wear and tear are visibly present requires a deeper trim (or should I say cut) than if I had dusted or trimmed the wearing ends gradually. You see, worn ends can travel up the shaft and further compromise hair health.
The answer to how often should I trim relaxed hair is trial and error and learning what your hair prefers.
I opt for trims every other touch up. I stretch for a period of 10 weeks each period, thus my trims occur every 5 months. SN: Just because you cannot detect split ends, doesn’t mean they are not present. Splits are very microscopic and can be easily overlooked with the naked eye. Just food for thought.
SEE ALSO: Trimming Relaxed Hair with Split Ender
What Is The Health Of Your Hair
Sometimes we have to gut check ourselves and admit our ends are thin, damaged and worn. Family and friends will sometimes hold back to protect our feelings. However, I believe we can all look in the mirror and know when “it’s time!” if we’re honest with ourselves. During these moments, a major cut is best to cut all losses and start fresh and new. However, most of us lack the courage to do this. I’ve chopped (got a major cut) more than once and it’s simply not fun. So, for those of us that like to travel the slower, less shocking route than chopping, trimming is ok. However, trimming should occur a little more frequently to gradually whip those ends into shape. As an example, if my hair is experiencing issues, I am willing to trim every touch up vs. every other touch up. That is, until I get my hemline to a better state.
What Are Your Goals
Many of us strive for length before health and will hang on to questionable ends just to get to the next length check goal. The rest of us that prefer health (or appearance) over length will chop frequently to keep a hemline healthy. No matter the route taken, be it grow then trim or trim as you grow, it’s all about balance and doing what your hair responds to best. However, hanging on to long hair with troubled ends is sometimes more problems than its worth. As ends start to wear and tear, they become fragile and beat. You might even find yourself dealing with excessive breakage. As we know, the more wear and tear on the ends, the more hair will break and consequently, the longer it will take you to make the next length check goal.
Hair Grows Uneven, Then What?
This is my issue! I know every strand of hair has a different growth cycle but like for real, my left side seems to have its act together. All strands are seemingly growing in harmony which makes the hemline appear even and thick. The middle, not so much. The growth cycle is a bit staggered, thus the hemline in this area appears a bit worn which gives off a thinner hemline appearance. The right side is all sorts of jacked up. The growth cycle is significantly staggered so that in turn makes my hemline look very damaged.
I went through a phase where I chopped inches upon inches for the appearance of an even hemline to find my hair uneven a year later. Quite frustrating! Since our hair grows noticeably uneven, then what — embrace it! I now rock a U-shape hemline which is better suited for this issue rather than chopping again. U-shape hemlines help mask problems that blunt hemlines can’t.
My hair looks a lot healthier in a u-shape hemline. It doesn’t appear stringy, straggly or thin like when I was rocking a straight line hemline.
How would you answer — How Often Should I Trim Relaxed Hair?