After reading a recent article on Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care about Trimming Your Child’s Natural Hair, I knew that it was time for me to let go of Z’s dead and uneven ends. I do not remember the last time she had a trim but her ends have been really dry and straggly for a few weeks now. I just did not have the heart to continue leaving her ends in that sort of condition. I had some slight reservations about clipping her ends only because she is terrified that she will look like mommy after her trim (I am sporting a really short cut that she believes is only for boys). Once I quickly got past my hesitations and reassured her that she will have PLENTY of hair left after I am done, we were set to go.
Z’s hair was already detangled and stretched from banding so my work was pretty much cut out for me. I started from the bottom, sectioned a row out, spritzed her hair with water, applied a moisturizer to the section of hair, and began twisting. As I twisted each section of hair, I accessed it to see how much I needed to clip off the ends of each twists. I cut at a 45 degree angle to eliminate the look of a blunt cut (not good for twists). The entire process took 2 hours to complete. Once completed, Z ran out her chair into the bathroom. I heard a giggle, and she yelled, “I like it!!!” Whew! A sigh of relief.
Her hair grows very fast in the back middle and crown of her hair, and her weaker areas are around the nape of her neck and her edges. I am still learning how to properly handle each individual section especially since her texture overall is very fine, tightly curly, and soft (complete opposite of my course and wiry texture).
Overall, I clipped (or rather cut) anywhere between an half inch to 3 inches of hair to rid her of the see through ends and unevenness. I was not aiming for a perfectly even cut but just to balance out her fast growing sections with the slower ones for now. As a result, I am very pleased with her cut because it perfectly fits her face and makes her look that much more adorable. My goal is to work on keep her hair moisturized on a more consistent basis especially after her rough play sessions all over the floor (this child is ACTIVE!). I do not really have a set schedule on when her next trim will be; it is dependent on how well her ends are maintained.