How I Self Trim My Hair

Hello ladies

This post is long overdue and I actually did write it a while ago but one thing led to another and I’ve just managed to find the time now to post it. Thanks for putting up with me.

I have written a post about trimming and my view on how regularly we should trim which you can find here. I self trim my hair most relaxer days and when ever I feel my ends are too old and weathered or have split ends.  It is a very simple process and has worked for me over the years.

Step One – Use a good hair scissors.

I will write a post on the importance of using a good hair scissors in a separate post soon. I purchased my current one last October on Amazon and it is so fab.  But to be hones it chose it because I thought it was cute.


Step Two – Section Hair

I tend to part/section my hair in 10 to 12 sections which I keep separated with kids hair bands or in loose bantu knots like the picture below.

Step Three – Detangle and Comb

I take down one section and detangle it thoroughly before combing with a small comb (I never use tiny fine tooth combs).  The comb I am using in the picture below is the smallest size of comb I use on my hair.  anything smaller will cause too much stress to my texlaxed hair.

Step Four – Smoothen and Keep Straight

I use my fingers to further smoothen and straighten the section of hair that I am working on.  I look at the ends of that section and decide how much needs to be cut off.

Step Five – Trim

I trim the section.  I am usually standing in front of the mirror when I do this and make sure I keep my head straight.  I tend to trim about 1 to 1.5 inches depending on how thin my ends have gotten and what needs to be cut off.


Step Six – Repeat

I follow repeat step one to step five on each of the other sections. When I am done with each section, I comb my hair down and level/even out the ends if necessary.

I hope someone finds this posts helpful.  Are there any self trimmers out there?  How do you trim your hair?
My next post will be a quick post about the importance of good hair scissors and how it can actually help you retain hair.

Happy hair journey



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  1. ADA-UJU
    April 21, 2016 / 9:57 am

    wow! nice post…I love your way of explaining steps

  2. Lade
    April 27, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Thank you Ada-Uju
    I am glad you liked it.

  3. Ranyinudo
    September 17, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Thanks Lade! Last time I trimmed my hair I packed the whole bunch and just trimmed. Now I know better. Thanks

    • Lade
      September 17, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      My pleasure :)


  4. Amina
    September 23, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Hello Lade! I do appreciate your work,it’s been very helpful to me. I am aware of my hair now and I’m on my hair journey,although I started last year September, but I didn’t really follow through because I just got pregnant then,hair was the last thing on my mind!! I’m putting in contious effort now…well let’s see how it goes. In fact,I want to start up a hair journey for my angel,yeah,I had a baby girl. Keep up the good work…cheers.

  5. Fisayomi
    October 12, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Hi Lade, thanks a lot for the good work here. I’m thinking of locking my hair. Is it advisable, Pls? and And if it is, is there a different regimen to follow?

    • Lade
      October 16, 2016 / 12:13 am

      I think locs are so beautiful but unfortunately I don’t have much knowledge about hair care or regimens for locs.
      I am sure you will find loads of helpful information and videos on YouTube

      Good luck

  6. mabel
    October 29, 2016 / 11:29 am

    hi lade, thanks a ton for your help. I ‘ve had alot hair predicaments, but that’s the trimming part really sorted out, but is it a good idea to trim right after relaxing?

    • Lade
      November 1, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Hello Mabel

      Yes it is okay to trim your hair right after relaxing. Please note that is better to trim hair when it is dry rather than when it is wet.

      Hope that helps


  7. ola
    December 10, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    many thanks for your posts, Ive being following you loosely for sometime now but now reading your posts one by one. I’ve being forward and backwards on my hair journey now for a while, most recently just backwards :( I’ve being the girl who diligently used the greenhouse effect method and nighty baggy-ing to the girl who slept with no scarf to detangling AFTER clarifying cos I was so tired!!!!!
    So I find myself here again, starting this journey as I’m fed up of my dry strands that does not seem to go past shoulder length…but this timeI’m following you closely!!! hoping you’ll be my hair saviour!!! ;)no pressure 😉
    thanks again for taking the precious time to share your experiences :) xxx kisses from UK

  8. ola
    December 10, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    hi again!! how often would you suggest to incorporate trimming into a regime for texlaxed hair? other than when theres obvious damage/split ends.

  9. Yasmeen
    January 30, 2017 / 3:56 am

    Hello, please I love in Abuja , and can’t seem to find hairfinity any help ,thanks…

    • Lade
      February 8, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      Hello Yasmeen

      I know that it used to be sold on Jumia and in medplus pharmacies but unfortunately I am not sure of who currently stocks it.
      Sorry I could not be of much help


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