Hi All! Well, we took the plunge over the weekend and removed BBH’s Mini Twists from New Years Day. Thats right folks, almost 7 weeks in. Prior to the take down I decided to trim her hair. I do not trim her hair as often as I used too (just fell out of routine honestly), but when I do, I like to do it while her hair is in small twists. I do not remember exactly where I read about trimming natural hair in small braids or twists but I’ve been doing it since BBH was 2. This post by Natural Haven is the closest I could find to what I originally read years ago. The key is to cut dead/split ends at an angle. Let’s walk through the process shall we?
- 2 ‘Ouchless’ ponytail holders
- 2 Large alligator clips
- 1 Pair of cutting shears (try Sally’s or your local hair store. Please invest in cutting shears and do not use a regular pair of scissors…)
Evenly section off hair from ear to ear starting at the bottom. In this picture the top half is in a ponytail:
Examine the ends and figure out how much you need to trim. Quasi length check here, EEK! But seriously, I need to trim a good inch and 1/2, maybe two, to get at the healthiest length, but as always – I just punk out everytime – I go with the length of my thumb. I will explain in a bit but first, I knew taking down her mini-twists would be a huge undertaking. So I took this time to prep them by applying extra virgin olive oil to each twists, saturating the base to begin loosing up any locking going on.
I then applied a small amount of It’s Perfectly Natural Replenish (Pre-Wash Treatment – review coming soon) for more slip in the twist separation process for the next day. I did this in small sections, about 4-8 twists at a time and trimmed as I went starting from the back up. I use all my tools to keep things in order, THAT’S A LOT OF TWISTS lawd. In this picture, taken later in the process, hair that has been trimmed has been clipped off the right side, hair to be trimmed is on my left. Completed rows have been braided and banded to keep out of the way. Plus, i have hair sectioned off at the top as well to keep those out if the way. It is important to section off the newly trimmed area from the untrimmed section as you go, so not to mistakenly trim hair twice.
I’m jumping around a bit, but stay with me. As stated above I usually end up trimming about a ‘thumbnail’ amount of hair, meaning I slide down each twists with my thumb at an angle all the way down to the end and snip right above the thumb at an angle.
I dont worry about cutting evenly across like you typically would with straight hair. I trim her hair as it naturally falls. Otherwise her BIG HAIR would be choppy when down and out or worst, her twists would not stay due to blunt edges (ohgaaa! I need my twists styles lawd). Tip for when you’re good and comfortable with trimming – twists 2 or 3 small twists together in one large twists and snip the ends at an angle. This will save you some time. But I only recommend after much practice and on mini or micro braids/twists, otherwise you risk having a choppy cut. Anywho, here is a pic of that very first row I started with after trimming, before, after and sectioned off:
I intend to put her hair back in twists, though probably not as small, and do another trim in another few weeks. In the end, she will have the trim she needs and I dont have to worry about hacking all her hair at once and totally messing it up. By keeping her hair in twists or protective styles between trims, I am minimizing further damage to her ends by not manipulating her hair so much. How much did we trim? *Drum roll please* THIS MUCH!
EEEK! That’s our trimming in a nutshell. Stay tuned for our Twist Take Down post.