I got a reader question over the weekend that I thought was a great one to share!
Q: I’m planning on trimming my hair soon because I’ve been having a major problem with breakage and length retention. My hair has been natural my whole life, but for the past two years it’s been stuck at around armpit length. I have never cut or trimmed my hair before, so I figured the breakage issue must have something to do with the split ends that my hair has been accumulating for the past 19 years. I’m probably going to cut the hair myself, so I was wondering if you have any tips based on your past experiences? I have heard different things like there’s a specific type of scissors that I should use and I wasn’t sure whether it’s best to cut the hair when it’s wet or dry… I’m totally out of my element here, so any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks, and sorry for the long message!
A: First off, I don’t know how you have any hair after not trimming for 19 years but you need to be sharing your hair regimen! The main consideration for cutting your hair on your own is that you should try to find hair scissors rather than regular scissors. The wet/dry debate is not as important for you – you really just need to cut those split ends one way or another. However, for kinky textured hair, I think that cutting on dry and stretched hair allows you to cut more evenly. When I go to salons, they blow dry my hair and then cut it, and when I do it on my own, I two strand twist mostly dry hair and then cut based on where the twist thins out. All that said, I actually think you should go to a pro for your first major cut (I anticipate that it will be a cut, and not a trim), let them really assess the health of your hair and take off whatever needs to go. Then you can do maintenance on your own throughout the year – as someone who doesn’t like to trim often, I aim for four times a year. Hope this is helpful!