How to Cut, Trim & Shape Natural Hair

"How do you get your hair like that?"
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Well, I'm glad you asked, because now I can show you.

I'm not one for a lot of hoopla or complicated procedures when it comes to dealing with Roxanne, my thick natural hair.

Over the past few years, I have adopted, and concocted, a few fool proof ways to easily trim your ends to get the perfect curly haircut and shape your curly hair at home to get amazing results. Here are a few of my best methods.


I can trim my hair when it's stretched or curly and this method has yet to fail me.

I usually detangle and twist my hair into 8 sections, pull the twists so that they are perpendicular to my face, then snip the ends. How much I trim each time varies based on the condition of my ends.


I experienced heat damage in June of this year and cut off about 3 inches of hair because my curls wouldn't revert.

There are several methods you can try to grow your hair out, but my patience isn't built to deal with those alternatives, which is why I chose to remove the damaged ends.

My hair was very uneven because of this, which is why I used low manipulation hairstyles (buns and braids) and waited a few months before I decided to even my hair out.

Although there are many ways to cut your hair, I prefer cutting my hair while it's in its curly state because it is easier for me to see the damage and make a more accurate cut.

Before I began, I clarified my hair with Suave's Clarifying Shampoo and used the Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Styling Products to get my curls in the best condition.

I always analyze my hair before I begin and cut strand-by-strand to prevent unnecessary hair removal.


Once I finish cutting the damaged pieces, I often have to snip a few stray pieces so my hair has a natural shape while it's in an afro or puff ball.

I know my methods may not be technically correct, but they've worked for me (and Roxanne) for the past 10+ years.

Check out the step by step process, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great hair tips and tricks.

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