Let me ask you a question. If you could be the same length as you are now (or maybe a little longer) but instead of tapered, uneven, or thin ends, you can have a full thick ends. Would you want that? Of course you would. What if I told you that there could be a way to achieve that. Would you be interested?
Before I explain the specifics let me first set the tone for our conversation. I have had many internal conversations wondering how those of us who chemically treat our hair can have thickness all the way down to our ends. It seemed almost impossible short of doing a major chop. But even after a chop the length seems to eventually return to its former state. Notice how many people are doing mini-chops after a touchup to eliminate wispy ends. It just seems like a never ending problem.
The solution to this issue may come in the form of a method called micro trimming. This is where one trims off 1/4 to 1/2 inches of hair monthly, every other month or quarterly for the purposes of creating thicker, fuller ends. Essentially, the regular trims will remove my current ends, and, as new hair grows in, my new length will take over the place where my old (thin) ends once were.
This method is one that requires a long term commitment. No longer will I only be focusing on the short term needs of my hair (such as dryness, breakage, etc) I must also have a long term strategy in place. Since it's #FearlessFriday, I decided to institute microtrimming starting today. I actually washed my hair at 6:00 am so I can trim during my roller set. After my first micro-trim session, I'm already loving how much better my hair feels. Can't wait until next month until I do it again.
In my case, I think I'll take the aggressive route and start with monthly trims. Yes. Every month, I'll take off 1/4 of an inch. I'll do this for at least 6 months then assess my progress. Essentially, my length could remain about the same while my ends appear fuller. Notice I said,"could" remain the same. In the back of my mind, I'm devising a plan to achieve both length and thickness!
We'll discuss this more in part II of this post. But for now, I invite you to reflect on your journey to see if this method could be beneficial to you. Is anyone already doing this now? Please share your experience.
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