I’ve been cutting my hair to make it grow.
That’s right. An oxymoron, yes, but the age old adage of cutting your hair to make it grow has a bit of truth to it. In steps the habit of micro trimming.
Micro trimming of the process of “dusting” or cutting a quarter of an in to half an inch either monthly or bi monthly (every two months). The term is called dusting because the hair clipped should resemble dust on the floor. Micro trimming is an excellent way to transition out damaged hair due to chemical processing, coloring or heat damage without sacrificing a huge chunk of hair at one time. It allows a gradual grow out process.
Micro trimming is also excellent at thickening hair’s hemline. Due to the ritual trimming, hair’s true beauty and fullness will be achieved. Tapered ends, splits and knots will constantly be removed so mechanical damage from combing, brushing and just daily handling will no longer be an issue.
Now, this process is NOT for the impatient nor the scissor happy. To achieve greatness with this trimming regimen follow these rules:
- Do not clip more than half an inch bi monthly OR a quarter inch monthly unless you’re not interested in length and only after thickness. The trick is to trim less hair than you grow monthly and the average head grows half an inch of hair monthly.
- Use sharp hair shears and use it ONLY on your hair. Dull scissors on hair’s fibers can and will create further damage
- Continue a healthy hair regimen. Monthly dustings will not cure and/or prevent hair damage but in conjunction with a solid weekly regimen of cleansing, deep conditioning, moisturizing and sealing and low manipulation, hair will thrive beyond imagination
I did a major 3-4 inch chop in April this year after I flat ironed and I was so happy to begin getting rid of my triple bleach damage, tons of split ends and fairy knots scattered all throughout.
I loved the feeling of freshly trimmed ends so much I decided to start trimming every two months a half an inch of hair. I absolutely loathe the feeling of that color damaged hair and I miss my natural curl pattern I effed up because of it. I must say, my hair is getting so thick, it’s becoming a helmet at this point. Its heavy and lovely and dense! My ends are coiling beautifully again and I’m still retaining length because I cut less than I grow.
I invested in a pair of Japanese steel shears I bought for $15.99 on eBay and I love them. Sharp, straight and to the point. Even came with a cute little storage pouch!
I aim to keep micro trimming until my color damage is gone then I may stretch the trim schedule out to every four months. Here’s a video on how I micro trim:
Alright guys, can’t wait to give you an update of my micro trimming journey. Until then…
Happy Hair Growing!