Scissor – Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I have previously touched upon the topic of hair trimming/dusting/cutting in a previous post “Hair Trimming.” Scissors and I have a love hate relationship. My brain says yes it is necessary to trim but my heart says noooooo. Once I start I seem to get carried away, following this comes a euphoric feeling when I see my smooth ends and at the final stage I get upset that I might have “cut off too much!”
Now one thing I want to mention is that if you are on a growth journey then you might not see the logic of trimming or cutting your hair because you might think it sort of “defeats the purpose.” The argument I would make is while your goal might be length you should not sacrifice health. It is not necessary to trim your ends every months or every two months you might want to trim 2 times a year but you NEED to look and feel the condition of your hair. If you are holding onto every single strand of damaged ends just for the sake of having length you actually might end up compromising your length because of breakage! You want to be able to control how much is being cut versus it breaking off on its own. You want to limit the amount of damage versus causing more damage by ignoring the obvious.
Now with all that said, as part of my Hair Journey (which is ever developing) I have noted down when I have plan to trim/cut my ends in my journal. I want to try and grow out my layers (which will not happen overnight.) I am a bit of an obsessive person so I plan out how much I will be trimming in each area. The hair at the back is the longest and therefore whenever I trim I will be taking a little more off from the back and I will basically lightly dust ends of the rest of my hair. This way I am still getting rid of any single strand knots etc but keeping in mind I want to grow out my layers. I will be doing this myself since I have a phobia of hairdressers over here (due to past experiences.) This is what my schedule looks like:
April (or March) – Dusting ends
August – Dusting & cutting ends at the back
December (November) – Dusting ends
Now this is my ‘plan’ you never know I might end up having to dust by February and might end up “cutting” twice in the year. So I still keep an open mind that anything can happen.
While I am not the biggest fan of “length checks” because whenever I have seen girls do them it always seems to be based on their personal opinion on what “bra strap”, “mid back” “shoulder” length is. I have also seen girls stretch down to the very ends of their hair (where they basically have something like 6 strands of hair) and then say “oh so I have x- inches at the back.” I personally like to keep track of the length of my hair to monitor if I have experienced breakage. If I have it noted down it also helps to me to determine the reason why I might be experiencing a decrease or increase in length or if I feel I experienced breakage. I can look back at my journal to see what happened at that particular time and why it might have happened.
Do you trim/cut your hair yourself? Do you have planned dates of when you will trim/cut your hair? How much on average do you cut? I would love to hear from you!
Last night I was reminiscing by going through photos of my friends, family and I and started going as far back as the year 2000! As I was going through the photos I kept on cringing the further back I went…why you ask? Well apart from some of my “fashion sense” which were questionable and cringe worthy at times… I noticed how my hair looked! Now I really do not know if at the time I was living in my own little bubble (I do remember not liking my hair at all) but I never seemed to be at the point where I wanted to hide indoors because of my hair. Although looking back now I maybe should have! Anyways so I was clicking through photos and decided to collect a few of them to make a sort of “montage of time” (I miss developing actual photos…technology!)
I simply did this in the hopes that it might help motivate someone out there that is considering going natural, transitioning, recently Big Chopped or Newly Natural (perhaps even already Natural!) It is funny looking back at how my hair has changed since going natural. Apart from the obvious drastic improvement after I stopped using relaxers and actually taking care of my hair I notice a change from when I finally stopped using chemical dyes. I was a dye FREAK! I went through colors like people change clothes! It did have its toll on my hair which is why I personally choose to stop. Anyways ladies I think the pictures summarize what I am trying to say :)!
So if anyone is reading this and is in need of a little inspiration…I hope this will be a form of comfort. I started out with what I now call a bit of dry, brittle, fragile, thin and strangely colored straw-like hair (after my last relaxer and transition) to what I proudly call Maicurlz!!! 😀
I have posted the same picture in a new page under the “Mai Hair Journey” Tab called – ‘(2009 – 2013) Summary Look’ but added some details of each row.
I would LOVE to hear from you! What has your experience been? Have you gone through photos too? Are you considering going natural? Transitioning? Big Chopping for 2014? Let me know!
Over the last few weeks I have been saying that I needed to “trim” my ends a little because they were starting to look a little raggedy. When I had initially first done my small twists I basically just snipped off a very tiny amount of my ends and left it at that because I said I would cut them properly once I took the twists down. So last night after taking my twists down I decided it was time for a snip.
I usually cut my hair myself. In my area the hairdressers do not know what to do with curly hair (my experience at least). When I went to a hairdresser I always asked ‘have you done curly hair before ‘ and the majority of the time they say no (I am glad they are honest about it). For some reason those who said yes seemed to always have forgotten how to care for curly hair when I happen to be sitting down in front of them! So when I have gone for a “trim” I always feel battered and bruised afterwards because they do not know how to get through my curly hair gently. It is always a tug of war between the curls and brushes so the last time I went to a ‘professional’ in 2012 I said never again.
Anyways so last night I decided I wanted to try and trim the ends and at the same time try to even out my hair a little. I have different lengths all over my head so I thought I would try get them a little closer to even. (The hair in the middle of my head seems to grow a little slower than the rest). Now the problem is I always over trim! ALWAYS! And I ALWAYS kick myself after I trim because I end up feeling like I snipped off too much. I love length in my hair because I feel it suits my face better but this time was no different…. I was a little to scissor happy!
The thing to keep in mind is that it will grow back (I keep telling myself that)! I know it was time for a trim but I think in “trying to get things even” I took off a little too much. I snipped about 2 inches off and was trimming bits that I thought looked “off”.
The back of my hair has and always will be longer than the front but this time I feel the front is a little too short. (I will add some photos later).I am sitting here with my cleanser in my hair and will be detangling soon so once my was day process is over and my hair is air dried I will take photos.
I will get over it in a few days I always do but after that euphoric feeling after first trimming my hair hair (I love the feeling of smooth ends) follows the realization that I cut my hair LOL. Then comes that “oh you did it again dammit”! And after a few days comes “it will grow back”. I just need to keep in mind that my ends are healthier now!