Trimming BBH, Well…Her Hair

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?

Tools used:

  • 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…)

The Process:

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:

20120222-081105.jpg 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!

Doesn’t seem like a lot, cuz its not compared to her BIG HAIR, but double that in a few weeks and you’ll have a good size trim! Here are her fully trimmed, almost 7 weeks old twists:

EEEK! That’s our trimming in a nutshell. Stay tuned for our Twist Take Down post.

Go’Head Baby!

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20 replies on “Trimming BBH, Well…Her Hair

  • Char~

    Love the tips you gave, Chloe!!! I start the trimming process on the girls’ Third Birthday… LOL… So I will keep this post in mind for Choca… 🙂

    Her hair is gorgeous, BTW!! Love the color too! 🙂


  • Nikki C

    I’ve just been trimming little bits off of Baby O’s hair, but I never thought about trimming at an angle! I know I don’t evenly trim her hair, just what needs to be trimmed, but when her hair gets longer I will def be using this post as a reference!

  • Joy

    just stumbled on your blog, I know this post is quite old, but I must say you daughter’s hair is gorgous. I’m despratly in need of some advice for my baby girls’s hair. she turned one after which I cut her hair cos it was falling off. she has a very coarse and shrinking african hair. what can I do to make her hair softer and strechy, mostly I need her hair to grow as it seems not to grow.

    would really appreciate your advice.

  • chloe

    Hi Joy! Many thanks for stopping by. What really helps us with her thick her is detanglng her hair while slighty damp with fingers, then a wide tooth comb. Just makes hair more pliable. I also wash and condition her hair in sections. This keeps her hair stretched a bit in the process and minimizes tangles. In styling her hair, I always use a good leave-in conditioner, apply oil then our styling cream mixed with a little gel for extra hold. This locks the moisture in. To help her hair grow i recommend keeping her hair in protective styles such as all over braids and twists. They also make supacute twist outs:) Be sure to check out the “Hair Guide” tab for more helpful info. In particular, click on the “Banding” link by Beads, Braids and Beyond. It’s another way to stretch the hair before styling. Hope this helps! Go’Head Baby!

  • Nicole Davis

    You did a beautiful job! My 4 year old daughter has the same texture and amount of hair but I haven’t tried this style on her yet. How long did it take you and how long did this style last?

  • chloe

    Hi Nicole!! It’s been awhile but I think that style took about somewhere between 6-8 hours to put in and it lasted 6 weeks thought it really could have lasted up to 8. just have to keep it moisturized and ends sealed from time to time. thanks for inquiring!

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