In picture Natural Hair Rules and Dickey of Hair Rules
One of the most asked questions is about cutting natural hair. How to and how often should you trim your natural hair? Even the most experienced hair guru have conflicting views on this topic.
There’s a rumor that clipping your ends or trimming your hair is unnecessary. This is false. Your hair will seriously suffer from a lack of maintaining your ends. I can testify to that. I am so sad to say. Read more here
According to Dickey, Creator of Hair Rules & Stylist to celebs such as Alicia Keys, Kelis and Michelle Obama you should schedule a trim every three to four months. At this time the hair shaft begins to split naturally. Regular trims maintain the shape of your style and remove naturally splitting ends. Hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch a month. If ends are clipped regular, you will only remove about 1/4 inch or less. Leaving you with noticeable growth and length retention. Caring for your ends properly in between trims by sealing your ends with hair butters or oils can prolong the need for a trim.
Cut the hair when it’s straight and dry (it doesn’t have to be flat-ironed, but it should be blow-dried so you can actually see the ends that you’re cutting–you can’t see this accurately when it’s curly). If you see knots at the ends of your hair, that hair will break off on its own if left unattended. Single- Strand Knots is a sign that you need a trim. Read more about single-strands here.
Types of Hair Trims
1. Blow Out Hair and Trim Dry- This technique is described above and highly recommended for a proper trim.
2. Clipping Curly Hair Wet – Some prefer this technique because the hair is flexible and can be stretch for trimming. The downside is that you can’t see ends that need to be removed or the actual shape over your hair. Simply bad for business, that’s all I have to say!!!
3. Dusting – There are many Youtube tutorials on this technique. The hair is plaited in two-strand twist and the ends of the twist are cut. Not only is it impossible to see what your cutting but your hair will be different lengths. This is the best way to get helmet shape hair where the hair is flat in the back and lacks movement. Needless to say I don’t recommend it at all.