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Is it really necessary to trim?

psbestpsbest Posts: 295Registered Users
I have colored ends and I've seen a lot of people with natural hair that have colored hair but do not trim. I understand that if you over treat your hair with color then that may cause an issue and you may want to consider trimming your ends but is it really mandatory? I have a lot of hair and shedding and I try to finger comb my hair now to keep minimum manipulation as much as possible but the only thing I dread are my dry ends and not so much shedding because it's at its very min. Is it true that when you cut your ends that your hair grows longer? Or is their a stopping point for everyone regardless if you trim or not?
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    psbest wrote: »
    I have colored ends and I've seen a lot of people with natural hair that have colored hair but do not trim. I understand that if you over treat your hair with color then that may cause an issue and you may want to consider trimming your ends but is it really mandatory? I have a lot of hair and shedding and I try to finger comb my hair now to keep minimum manipulation as much as possible but the only thing I dread are my dry ends and not so much shedding because it's at its very min. Is it true that when you cut your ends that your hair grows longer? Or is their a stopping point for everyone regardless if you trim or not?

    Hi. Technically you don't have to trim your ends if your hair is color treated or not. Some people don't have huge issues with split ends (I've never really seen any since I went natural.) so they don't bother with it. Color treating is a chemical process in most cases so it does affect the cuticle of the hair. The cuticle of the hair is also affected by regular wear and tear, even when it isn't color treated. I subscribed to the theory that if you don't see any damage then why trim your hair, but over time my coils were looking different, my hair styles were not falling into place well, and detangling was a little more difficult. After a light trim, my hair has new life.

    Trimming won't make your hair grow longer. It helps you to get rid of weak and damaged areas so you can retain length better.

    As for your dry ends, color treated hair can benefit from frequent DCs & moisturizing. Also make sure you seal the moisture in since color treated hair is more porous.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    I'm curious about this issue, too.

    I don't really see damage or breakage or excessive hair loss, yet I don't seem to be gaining length like I used to.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    I agree with Foxy. I think trims are necessary. How often depends on the individual, I think.

    I was doing the every 6-8 weeks routine from my days of regular relaxers but for me that was too much. I wasn't seeing growth because I was trimming it off. Now, I generally go about every 6 months.
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  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    Co-sign with everything Foxy said! I used to trim infrequently but noticed my hair was not retaining length, was tangling easily and did not fall into a nice shape style. Right now I'm at every 8 weeks. I try to push it to 12 weeks but will go before then once I start seeing knots and tangles.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    I find the top grows like crazy; it's the ends that don't seem to thrive.
  • psbestpsbest Posts: 295Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    I find the top grows like crazy; it's the ends that don't seem to thrive.

    You are right!!!
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    So is that a sign of split or damaged ends?
  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    That's a sign that you may not be retaining length. What's your protein/moisture balance like? Either you're too brittle/dry and breaking, or you're not strong enough and breaking. The balance is a tricky one.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Um........I don't know how to check?

    Should I put goo in it? I like putting goo in my hair.
  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Um........I don't know how to check?

    Should I put goo in it? I like putting goo in my hair.

    Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Okay: I pulled out a strand of hair, pulled on it like crazy (it made kind of a boing-ing noise), and then it snapped.

    That means protein, right?
  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Okay: I pulled out a strand of hair, pulled on it like crazy (it made kind of a boing-ing noise), and then it snapped.

    That means protein, right?

    Yeah. Too stretchy.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Okay!

    I will start blopping and adding goop to my hair on a regular basis. I had a bad time with Crisco once (I smelled like cheap cookies all day), but otherwise, I'm up for the job.

    Thank you, official physician to the curlies! (Notice I didn't ask if you'd done anything new and gross lately, although of course I'm dying to know.)
  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    I find the top grows like crazy; it's the ends that don't seem to thrive.

    Exactly!!
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  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Okay!

    I will start blopping and adding goop to my hair on a regular basis. I had a bad time with Crisco once (I smelled like cheap cookies all day), but otherwise, I'm up for the job.

    Thank you, official physician to the curlies! (Notice I didn't ask if you'd done anything new and gross lately, although of course I'm dying to know.)

    I'm on vacation for another week. I'm happy to not be working! I worked like 111 hours the last week before vacation and was ready to drop. :/

    Lemme know how the protein works out.
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  • psbestpsbest Posts: 295Registered Users
    Ok, ok, ok ... I finally trimmed my ends but I won't be doing it again until several more months. I must say I can tell a difference.
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  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Um........I don't know how to check?

    Should I put goo in it? I like putting goo in my hair.

    Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.

    So what will it do if it's just right? :-|
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  • DewMakerDewMaker Posts: 156Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    Um........I don't know how to check?

    Should I put goo in it? I like putting goo in my hair.

    Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.

    So what will it do if it's just right? :-|
    Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything! :D

    Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?
  • NinjaretteNinjarette Posts: 3,982Registered Users

    Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.

    So what will it do if it's just right? :-|
    Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything! :D

    Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?


    It depends on how stretchy. "Stretch" means there's a level of elasticity...which can be good or bad, depending on the level.
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  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users

    Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.

    So what will it do if it's just right? :-|
    Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything! :D

    Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?

    I meant how would you know!
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  • DewMakerDewMaker Posts: 156Registered Users

    So what will it do if it's just right? :-|
    Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything! :D

    Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?

    I meant how would you know!
    oh read it wrong...Well I guess if it was just right if you pulled it, it wouldn't stretch or at least it wouldn't stretch much, but it also wouldn't break apart straight away, like you'd have to put some force on it before it broke.
  • h2wQueenh2wQueen Posts: 551Registered Users
    I think is definetly neccessary to trim. I am also not a believer an doing your own trimming. I used to trim every 12 weeks, my hairdresser suggested 8 weeks...at first i didn't listen figured she wanted my money...but i tell you what...my hair is so much healthier now and i can maintain length better. I am one who gets my hair blowed out for trimming and i really like it like that. Trimming along with good moisture regimine has been key to my hair success.
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  • coracora Posts: 456Registered Users
    I don't know if trims are necessary or not, but I am putting the theory to the test. I got my last haircut a year ago in July. If I don't have at least 11 inches by next July I'll reconsider trims, but if I do have that length then I'll probably scr*w'em. I don't have split ends, so so far I'm on the don't bother side of fence.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Hmmmmmmmm................I feel that temptation^.
  • AllycoilsAllycoils Posts: 147Registered Users
    I'm a big believer in trims. I used to get them every 8 wks when I had a relaxer and my hair retained great length. My hairdresser suggests every 6 months for me now. If I don't get it done, normally my hair starts knotting like crazy.

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  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    i havent had a trim for about 5 months, i go through my hair and look out for split ends n that, but i might find 5 hairs in every 50..... so i dont think i need to. my ends are coloured from 18 months ago but its growing out when its at a nice length, (mid-lower back) then ill cut the coloured off :)

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  • psbestpsbest Posts: 295Registered Users
    Fmasuhr wrote: »
    i havent had a trim for about 5 months, i go through my hair and look out for split ends n that, but i might find 5 hairs in every 50..... so i dont think i need to. my ends are coloured from 18 months ago but its growing out when its at a nice length, (mid-lower back) then ill cut the coloured off :)

    I feel that way as well. Maybe during my 2nd year or 3rd year mark I may cut the color off or just until it gets to a length that I am satisfied with.
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  • moosegrl_86moosegrl_86 Posts: 403Registered Users
    Some people don't need it. When I was permed I only cut/trimmed once a year. That may be all you need if you are caring well for your ends.
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  • coracora Posts: 456Registered Users
    I'm bumping this thread because of my experiment. I cut my hair to 1 inch on top and .5 inch on the sides in July of 2010 and that's the last time I've been to the salon. I said I'd check back in July 2012 to decide if I need to trim.

    My results are 12 inches total on top and 10 inches on the sides, which averages just under 11 inches retained. I'm going to go to the hair salon to get an inch trimmed off due to single strand knots and in the future do search and destroys for the knots. I'm also going to start pineappling to hopefully prevent hair loss on the sides of my head. But so far I plan to only trim once a year and only if I don't see improvement in retention.
  • AmazinnaturalAmazinnatural Posts: 755Registered Users
    I just got a trim last week. I had to get like 3 inches off because i ends were very bad. I do not have color treated hair or anything but my hair has just been shedding a lot lately. Since I've gotten the trim my hair feels much better.

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