Tips for Trimming

Now, some of us won’t believe this is a problem, and in all honesty, it’s a personal preference no matter where you are at in your dreading journey. Trimming those locks.

People and blogs and hairstylists everywhere will have differing opinions on whether or not trimming dreads is a good idea. Some will swear by it and others will swear at you for doing it. It doesn’t matter either way because knowing your options and being educated about all parts of your dreads.

If you will recall, we did a trimming a while ago, and we wanted to share with you a few quick tips and things to remember on how to (if you choose) to trim your dreads well and how to do it right.

1. Timing

Dreads are a hair choice that needs to mature for a long time before making any more drastic changes. Make sure your dreads are mature, well-knotted, and formed cleanly before attempting to trim them.

They need to be strong and really locked in before we can do any cutting without fraying occurring and that’s why timing is so key when choosing to trim. You might think that a tiny trim at the end of the hair might not be a big deal, but in reality, many things can go wrong with your dreads after this.

Fraying is an obvious issue, also known as unraveling. This happens when the locks are trimmed, and they start to come loose. This can happen due to the cut and the lack of binding or due to washing issues or simply due to hair texture. Knowing when your hair is ready to be trimmed is the best way to determine if it’s a good idea.

2. Length

Just like normal hair, and nearly everything else in life, you cannot undo a cut. Start small with short snips and always remember that they will most likely end up looking shorter after the cut. Some people suggest the guideline is to decide how short you would want them to be and then add an inch to the length. That will give you room for error and room for additional cuts if you see a need.

Another length precaution is thinking about trimming. Length, in this regard to how you wear your dreads. Without thinking, a few quick snips later, you might not be able to pull your dreads back how you might like to. Always keep in mind all of the ways you wear your hair before taking the scissors for a ride.

3. Investment

Let’s face it; growing dreadlocks takes a long time. Many precious hours are spent creating your beautiful locks, and you have a lot of time, hair product, and maybe just a lot of money, literally, wrapped up into our hair.

Making a choice to trim your locks shouldn’t probably be a split second decision. Take some time to think through your plan, use the tips above, and double check that it’s the decision you want to make. Asking other dreadies for advice on trimming might also be helpful, but in the end, the decision is always yours.

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1 Comment
  1. I’ve had my locs for three months.
    I ignorantly trimmed my starter locs prematurely.
    Now I’m worried about the long-term damage I’ve done to my locs. Is there anything I can do to correct this problem?

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