If you’ve been with me on this wonderful thing they call a Hair Journey for the past couple of years, you’ll know that my trips to the salon are far and few, so much so that I will only go if I want something quite specific done e.g my tapered inspired cut back in August 2014.
When it comes to trimming my hair however, I’m my very own Hair Stylist and have mastered two methods that give my ends the occasional brush up they need. One thing is for sure, trimming my hair as a natural is a slightly different process to that of when I was relaxed. If you’re worried about how to tackle shrinkage when cutting your hair [without heat], then the video and methods below are definitely for you.
Method One [Trim & Twist]
1- Start off by moisturising a small section of your hair with a moisturising spray [Tip: Mix a few drops of a moisturising Conditioner with some water in a spray bottle if you don’t have a pre made spray at hand]
2- Working your way from the bottom up, gently detangle the section of hair with a good detangling brush/comb
3- Once the section is detangled, stretch the section of hair with your thumb and index finger in a clasp motion and hold it taut leaving just your ends visible
4- Lightly detangle your ends once again with your detangling tool to ensure the very ends of your hair are stretched
5- Use a pair of hair scissors to trim off your ends or any split ends or knots that you want to get rid of
6- Finally twist the section of hair in preparation for a twist out, and move on to the next section of hair.
Method Two [Twist & Trim]
Steps 1 & 2 same as above
3- Once detangled twist the section of hair in preparation for a twist out
4- You may notice the very tips of your hair are more wispy and thinner than the bulk of your twist. This is an indication of what you should trim off in oder to restore thickness to your ends.
And that’s pretty much it! If you’re wondering how these two methods differ, well the main observation I’ve made is that Method One allows for a heavier trim. Due to the stretched nature of your hair you are able to get a better view of your ends, which means you are more likely to really cut off what you need as opposed to what you want. Method Two on the other hands allows for a much lighter trim due to the loss of stretch caused by the initial twisting of the hair. This means you’re likely only to trim/cut off the very ends of your hair, as most strands are already gathered in the twist.
Confused? Check out the video!