How To Trim Your Natural Hair Like A Boss Even If You Never Have Before


The age-old debate on how often natural hair should be trimmed is something you’ll get back to later.

You want to know how to do it if/when the time comes!

And it’s normal to be nervous and even terrified about the end result of trimming your own hair. You don’t want to mess up. You don’t want to cut too much. You don’t want to cut too less.  Well I’m here to shine some light on your dilemma.

You can successfully trim your hair even if you’re totally clueless, a total newbie, have a tight budget, or whatever else excuse you have.  Now isn’t the time to get frustrated, it’s time to master your hair! And the process isn’t really hard.

The first step is to look at your hair. You may not need a trim.

Sometimes, when our hair is not behaving correctly, we automatically assume it’s unhealthy or something drastic and freak out a little.

If you are experiencing minimal breakage, moisturizing and sealing hair correctly, mostly avoiding heat, do not see drastic changes in curl pattern, and do not see many split or feathered ends (feathered means thinned ends) you can breathe a bit.


I think you’ll be okay without the scissors for right now.  Your hair probably just needs some TLC.  It may just be time to alter your regimen or hair products.

Now, if this is not really the case with you, it may be time for a trim.

If it’s a common practice for you to use heat, frequently wear your hair down (where it can cause friction by rubbing against things), or be inconsistent with moisturizing and sealing you may want to get into a habit of trimming your hair regularly.

And that’s okay.

I think that’s where the debate comes in. Some naturals trim every few months, a couple times a year, never, or inconsistently. But this is based on their hair regimen.

This most important thing to trimming your hair is your eyes. They won’t lie to you. You will see when your hair needs to be trimmed and if you are in sync with your hair, you’ll find a routine of trimming (or not, whichever) to keep your hair healthier while you basically do whatever you want to do!

And get rid of that fear of cutting your hair.

I promise it’s NOT the end of the world. Hair never stops growing. So holding on to your split and feathered ends to just to retain length will only hurt you in the long run because your hair will be long and unhealthy.

What You Need For A Successful Trim

Don’t even think about those kitchen scissors!

Hair shears will work just fine to get the precision and results you need.  Preferably, your hair should be dry and you should be sober with steady hands, can’t stress that enough.  

And you are ready to begin.

Take Your Pick  

We’ll take this from easy to a little more difficult.

Trimming While Hair Is Straight Or Blown Out.

Remember heat comes into play with this method so you don’t have to try this if you’re avoiding heat but it’s an option and it’s relatively easy. Just snip the ends that are split at tiny sections at a time.

Trimming Braids/Twists

If you’re good with your hands and can braid or twist all of your hair this could be an easy option for you. This only involves clipping of the ends of all the braids/twists. If you’re are looking for precision and an even cut all around, make sure you clip off the same amount of each one. The smaller the braid, the more accurate the trim will be.

Clipping the same amount all over

This is for the naturals who want to have an even cut all around. So this means basing your trimming length from the most damaged follicle. Hopefully your hair isn’t damaged too far and you have to trim off a lot of your hair. If the scissor frighten you a bit, this is where your fears may be heightened.

Just remember that this will help in the long run. Holding on to split ends will just get worse and begin to travel up and split more of your hair.  


If you still have that “fear of the scissors” after my last point, this may help you a bit. “Dusting” is like trimming but not as severe. Instead of cutting your hair based on the most damaged length, this method requires you to cut off 1/4″ (about the width of a pencil) even if your split ends are further that.

Now you will likely have to “dust” more frequently but at least you are not cutting too much at once. This requires adding it to your hair regimen.

Search And Destroy Method

Depending on the length and texture of your hair, this can take up MUCH of your time so plan accordingly. In efforts to not even cut one hair strand prematurely, you are looking and snipping every single split end you see. Stay focused.

The best ways to trim the back of your head are limited (unless someone has some news I need to hear!). You should have a trusted friend do it or use a mirror to see the back and trim accordingly. However one thing for sure is if you cannot see it, do not cut it.

Alright, you know all there is to know! And it wasn’t some big, mind-blowing trade secret. It was pretty simple right?

So, if your hair needs it, go grab your hair shears right now. You have the confidence now and you’ve had the skills within you the whole time.

And think about how much money you’ll save since you don’t need the middle man that managed your split ends. Of course this is still not a professional cut but you’re a naturalista and if you wear your hair curly more times than not, the difference won’t even be noticeable! So get yourself something nice with the extra cash, you’ve earned it.

You’ve mastered one more thing in your natural hair bucket list.