Friday, April 5, 2013

Trimming Natural Hair - Wet vs. Dry

I am in the process of doing a "Search & Destroy" on my natural hair. This method of trimming allows you to find and cut out any single strand knots and split ends that are causing weakness in your hair strands.  In my latest Youtube video, I stressed the importance of the hair being dry but well moisturized when the trimming process begins.  Why? Well, first of all, there's the shrinkage factor. If you've been natural for any length of time, you know a whole lot about shrinkage. When natural hair is wet, the curl is elongated and appears longer than it will be when it dries and shrinks. This presents the danger of cutting off too much. If you are trying to retain length, this is a definite no-no. You only want to cut off as much as necessary to maintain the health of your hair. 

Secondly, when you cut wet hair, you may not get a precise cut. This means that you run the risk of creating further damage in the long run.  Also, when my hair is wet, I can't really see all the knots and split ends because of the clumping factor of wet natural hair. 

The moisture factor is important because you are manipulating your hair. ANY time you are moving your hair around (or even just in general), you want to make sure that your hair is moisturized so that the strands glide past each other instead of getting caught together, pulling and breaking (which is what I went through because I wasn't moisturizing enough).

As with everything related to natural hair, what works for one person, may not be good for the next. These are tips that have worked for me and while I hope they work for you, my dear readers, I can't make any promises :-)

So, check out my YouTube video - maybe something you see there will help you in your natural 
hair journey.


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