haircareKarrine Steffans

The Anatomy of a Trim

haircareKarrine Steffans
The Anatomy of a Trim

I think it must have been over a year since I had my ends trimmed. I am not the best at keeping up with all the maintenance most women endure all in the same of beauty and perfection. The truth is, with a busy household and career, I'm just happy when I manage to grab a shower! Still, I scheduled some time to take care of myself and one of the many things on my self care schedule was a trim––finally!

Wash and Condition:

Currently, I am using Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner on my hair. After a month of usage, I am quite happy with the added moisture and less breakage I have experienced.

After washing my hair, I condition it, pile it into a loose bun and secure it with a ponytail holder, leaving it that way while I continue to shower. Just before exiting the shower, I thoroughly rinse the conditioner from my hair, using very warm water. Some stylists believe it is best to rinse hair in cool water, but I have not found this to be true for my hair.

Towel, Air, and Blow-dry:

After washing and conditioning, I wrap my hair in a towel for maybe about 10-15 minutes while I handle all my post-shower rituals and dress. Then, I remove the towel and allow my hair to air dry for another 8-10 minutes or until just slightly damp. Finally, I blow dry my hair, using a hand-held blowdryer and a paddle brush, being sure to keep the dryer between 6-10 inches away from my hair, while using medium heat and even the cool setting.

Light Pressing:

As I continue to prepare for my trim, I lightly press my hair using my Babyliss Nano Titanium iron on its lowest setting of 300º. I move quickly through my hair, giving less attention to my ends. My hair straightens quite easily and doesn't need much heat and doesn't need any pulling or pressure. Everyone's hair is different, so do what's best for you.

The Trim:

Finally, I visited my hairstylist Kacey and asked that she lightly trimmed my hair, throughout. She was sure to keep my length while cleaning up my ends and the results were just what I needed.

New York Times bestselling author and founder of The Gorgeous Girl's Guide, Steffans Publishing Enterprises, and Karrine & Co.