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5 Benefits of Trimming or Cutting Your Natural Hair & 5 Signs You Need A Cut

Hey Sistas! As you can tell, I absolutely LOVE my new haircut! My natural hair has never looked so healthy! I definitely should have done a cut and shape sooner! Here are 5 benefits of trimming your natural hair along with 5 signs that you’re in need of a haircut. Enjoy!

5 Benefits of a Trim/Cut:

  1. Healthier Ends – Getting your hair cut will help you get rid of your split ends.
  2. Less Breakage – Getting rid of the split ends will cause a reduction in hair breakage
  3. Retain Length – Getting a trim will help you retain length due to the reduction in hair breakage and split ends. When you have split ends and don’t take care of them, the split travels up the hair shaft and stunts hair growth
  4. Easier Styling – Detangling is much easier when your hair is even and can reduce the amount of time and stress in your detangling process
  5. Thicker/Fuller Look – If you don’t get a trim, the split ends will start to taper off and your hair will look thinner

5 Sign That You Need A Cut:

  1. Visible Split Ends – You should definitely get a trim if you can actually see your split ends
  2. Ends Easily Snap/Break – If you notice your ends are breaking and snapping, it’s time for a trim. Don’t confuse this with hair shedding where the hair breaks at the root
  3. See-through Ends – If you have wispy, feathery ends, you need to trim your hair
  4. Thin Hair – If your hair isn’t as full as it was before and appears thin, that’s a sign that you need a cut or shape
  5. Dull Ends – If yours are dull, raggedy, dry, or just plain crusty-looking, it’s time to let them go

Don’t be afraid to trim or cut your hair. I recommend getting a regular trim at least every 4 months by a professional, or if you prefer to do it yourself, check out Carmen’s tutorial.


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Written by India


India is the oldest sister in the trio. She loves sharing natural hair styles, tips, and inspiring women to embrace their natural beauty.

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  1. It’s hard for me to actually like getting even a simple trim. I recognize the benefits, but it’s still hard. Just got a trim a week ago, and I never looked down at the floor to see how much I lost! #progress

  2. Many of the reasons why I have an appointment for a professional trim today! I want to start this new year looking right and a healthy looking head of hair is where to start.

  3. I cut the ends of my own hair about 2 or a month ago and Idk, I think I did it wrong. Like I didn’t cut a lot off, just when I saw where it was thinning I just chopped it off. My hair is pretty even all around my head but I don’t know what split ends look like tbh. Like I am staring at the ends of my hair but I don’t know. I don’t have any see through ends but its hard to detangle in the shower due to my ends getting tangled al lot (I don’t part my hair in 4 sections because it’s not long enough).

    So Idk, if I do or don’t have split ends (I do get single strand knots tho).

  4. I rarely trim my ends, when I did the couple of times I did it when my hair was two strand twisted and I just cust the ends off slightly. Would you all recommend doing a trim when my hair is straight?

  5. I really want to learn to trim my own hair. Im extremely skeptical when it comes to letting anyone in my head. You never know whose behind a paid of scissors and honestly my trust is so messed up when it comes to others in my hair. Ive heard so many horror stories about women going into salons with gorgeous hair and walking out completely angry at the person who just cut their hair wrong and now they have to wait for it to grow back. My mother is one of those individuals. She went in with a thick head of hair and came back looking like tweety bird she was so angry she cried all day long. The girl who cut it tries to shaoe it evenly and when she messed up instead of stopping she tried fixing it bu cutting the rest of it off…i ABSOLUTELY can not have that haopen because you will never cut hair again in your life after im done with you. So i definitrly need help. I want to know what im looking for when it comes to split ends and see through patterns my hair is much thicker than what it use to be but i feel like with as much care as i give it, it shoukd be growing more. Any hell from anyone who can relate or simply give advice woukd be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

  6. I love how helpful and fun the videos are! I see videos of things I haven’t thought about yet and I’m glad it gives me a head start on what to think about for my hair!

  7. Hi, India. After seeing your video, I finally decided to trim my ends after 1yr and 7 months. I feel stressed because I had to cut off up to 3 inches in some parts. I am sad because 3 inches is a lot to me, but I’m excitingly anticipating the results of my new growth. Thanks for your advice!

  8. I had a diva cut in august last year. I do not know different hair length. I would like to know how to determine my hair length and type of curls I have

  9. Hello, I love this site and all the knowledge and positive energy on it. I want my ends trimmed and I can not so it myself so do you ladies have a salon to suggest for a good knowledgeable stylist in HOUSTON area. I am new to area and really want a great stylist.

  10. Hello everyone im new up here and i just would like to say this is a good web site cant wait to continue my natural growing hair with all of you sistas help.

  11. Well it’s been about a yr since I had a trim I’m sure it’s time tho. I was just thinking the other day dang I need go for a trim because I feel like my hair not growing like it should when I’m 3 yrs natural so far. Everyone seem to like but I don’t I feel like it’s missing something

  12. Thank you for this video and article. It helps, as I recently got my first significant trim since going natural.

    I share photos and details about getting the trim here: Then I share about how I deal with my FEELINGS about the trim 😉 here:

    I feel like I lost a good bit of hair and that I’ve lost a little ease in caring for my hair. However, I also know that my hair is very healthy now, is staged to retain healthy growth now, and is growing all of the time. Going forward, I hope to really baby and take care of those ends!

  13. I’ve always been super bad at keeping up with trimming my hair, partially because I don’t know how to tell when it’s time. I appreciate the signs you gave of when you might need a haircut, one being if the ends are wispy. I want to maintain having healthy hair, and will have to take a look at the ends once I get it out of its braids.

  14. I remember when i was relaxed i was running away from trimming and holding on to those thin ends !! -_-

    fast forward i’m now enjoying my natural hair journey and i love getting my trims!
    I actually end up giving myself mini trims when i see my ends giving me sings.

    and guess what? My hair is thriving! I really enjoyed your post and it’s great to break it down,

    Knowledge is power, Thanks for sharing!

    Much love,

  15. The cutting of hair is just not about picking up the scissors and driving them around your head, in face there are lot of factors to consider including your face shape and length of your hair! it better to trust Hair salon Manchester for getting a nice haircut.

  16. Ur hair looks wonderful! Like probably the best natural hair I’ve ever seen. I myself am curly haired. I’m Indian and by Indian standards I think my hair would come under the natural/Caribbean hair category. My hair density is pretty ok but I’ve always struggled with length retention. I always earnestly hope to grow out my hair tailbone length. And off late I’ve resolved to get a trim every 3 months. The other things I’m doing in my quest for length retention are coconut, olive and castor oil pre poos and daily intake of biotin, zinc and vitamin b complex supplements.

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