Are you scissor happy? Do you reach for the scissors every time you see a split end or complex knot (knot that has more than 2 strands entangled). Are you happy to trim your hair again if you see splits immediately after a fresh trim? Has your hair become stagnant at a certain length and do you think the reason for it is that either you trim your hair a lot OR your hair shows signs of damage and has to be trimmed?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it is possible that you are scissor happy and your hair may thrive if you set the scissors down for a while. Here are some tips to help you get over being scissor happy.
1. Undo knots instead of trimming
So before you roll your eyes, no I am not asking you to use a needle to undo fairy knots, even though it must be said that some long haired naturals do actually use this method, most of us would consider this tedious! I am, however, asking you to work on complex knots strand by strand with a little bit of oil or conditioner for slip. You can save a lot of length by prizing out strands from a complex knot rather than just lopping the whole lot off. You may have to cut some hair, but isn’t it better to pull 4 strands undamaged from the knot and just trim the two which will not untangle rather than cut all 6?
2. Stop checking for it – Stick to a trimming schedule
If you search for split ends, you will find split ends and possibly some knots too along the way. In order to keep the scissors down, not looking for signs of damage between trims can help because as the old adage goes, ignorance is bliss. If you do a fortnightly search and destroy, then in the two weeks in between, do not stare down your ends for signs of splits. This would apply too in the event that you are dusting once a month or trimming once every three months. Whatever the intervening period is, just don’t go looking for split ends to attack.
3. Let it go – Do not trim again if you see split ends immediately after a trim
It is entirely possible that if you see split ends immediately after trimming that you did not trim your hair enough but it is also possible that these are just a few leftovers that were missed. Let it go, leave those split ends alone and deal with them the next time that you are trimming hair. Some people have hair that is more susceptible to splitting, but constantly cutting the hair is not the solution, instead, go down the route of babying those ends until the next trim.
4. Do not keep your scissor handy
If you know that you will begin to look at your ends as you watch TV in the evening and keep your scissor handily in the drawer of your coffee table, it is time to move the scissor. Have your scissor available when it is time to trim but out of easy reach at other times.