Should I Trim Ends Before Or After Braids? Plus How To Trim Properly!

If you have split-ends or damaged hair and wonder if you should trim your ends before or after getting your hair braided, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve done some research, and this is what I’ve found!

If you have healthy hair, you can trim your ends after braids, but if you have split-ends before getting your hair braided, you need to trim your hair before braids. This is because the strain of your braids on your hair will make your split ends worse. Also, if you have split-ends they’ll stick out of your braids, making your braids look messy.

Keep reading to find out how to trim your hair at home as well as the major dos and don’ts of trimming your own hair. Trust me, it will change your hair routine for the better!

How To Trim Your Own Hair For Braids

The best way to trim your own ends is to use the Twist method, this method requires you to moisturise, detangle, and twist your hair. This method does take time but it will leave your hair looking and feeling healthier than before, just ensure that you use hair scissors to trim your ends as they are sharper and allow for a clean cut.

How To Trim Your Own Hair

The Twist Method

This method is great for anyone who has short hair and is willing to take the time to do a thorough trim job whilst also keeping their hair protected.

Here’s how you can use the twist method to trim your hair:

Step 01: The night before you trim your ends, apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair and cover your head with a shower cap whilst you sleep.

Step 02: The next morning, section your hair down the middle so that you have two sections.

Step 03: Secure the left section of hair in a hair tie.

Step 04: Split the right section in half horizontally and secure the top half in a hair tie.

Step 05: Cover the secured hair in a shower cap.

Step 06: Spray a little bit of water on your little section of hair using a spritz bottle. Your hair should be 80% dry.

Step 07: You can add more hair conditioner to this section if you wish.

Step 08: Detangle this section using a comb or brush, starting at your ends and working your way to your roots.

Step 09: Once your hair is detangled, place your hair between your thumb and forefinger, then glide your fingers down your hair shaft to smoothen it out.

Step 10: Stop right before the section you want to trim, take your hair scissors, and trim that section off.

Step 11: Twist the hair section you have just trimmed

Step 12: Do other sections of your hair.

Step 13: When all of your hair is twisted, rinse the conditioner out if you added more during this process.

Step 14: Leave your hair twisted overnight.

The Stretch Method

This stretching method is perfect for beginners, so if you’ve never trimmed your own hair before, this will be the easiest method for you.

Here’s how you can use the stretch method to trim your hair:

Step 01: Blow-dry your hair and use a round brush to stretch it out.

Step 02: Section off your hair into small manageable sections, so it’s easier to trim.

Step 03: Use banana clips or hair ties to keep your sections from mixing.

Step 04: Detangle the first section using a comb or brush, starting at your ends and working your way to your roots

Step 05: Once your hair is detangled, place your hair between your thumb and forefinger and glide your fingers down your hair shaft to smoothen it out.

Step 06: Stop right before the section you want to trim, take your hair scissors, and trim that section off.

Step 07: Comb through your section of hair one more time to make sure there are no knots or missed ends.

Step 08: Secure that section of hair and move onto the next section.

Step 09: Do other sections of your hair

Insider Tip: Wash, condition, and moisturize your hair before stretching it out with your blow-dryer and round brush. Always remember to use a heat protectant when applying heat to your hair!

Should I Trim My Ends When Wet Or Dry?

Many women choose to trim their ends while their hair is wet as wet hair is more stretched but this may not always be a good thing, let’s find out why!

You should only be trimming your hair when it is dry but moisturized as wet hair is a lot more fragile, which makes it break easily, and you will not be able to determine where the shrinkage will be as wet hair stretches by 50%, especially if you have curly hair. That said, You can moisturize your hair using a leave-in conditioner or hair oils.

If you’re reading this article and your hair is already braided, but you would still like to trim your ends, I have just the solution for you. Keep reading to find out how you can do so.

Can You Trim Your Hair In Braids?

The easiest way to trim your ends while your hair is braided is to braid your hair into cornrows or box braids. You will notice that you have random hair sticking out of these braids even though it’s just been braided and is still fresh; these are your split-ends. You will need to take hair scissors and carefully trim those stray hairs off.

  • If you have cornrows, you can get hair scissors and trim these hairs off along the braids, don’t go too close to the braids but cut close enough that it’s noticeably sticking out.
  • If you have box braids, you will need to section off your hair to ensure that you get all of your hair. Work section by section and cut along the length of the braids where you see hair sticking out.

Insider Tip: I highly recommend that you get someone to help you as you will not be able to get to the hair at the back of your head.

Related Questions

Is it bad to cut split ends individually?

It’s not necessarily bad to cut you split ends one at a time, its just time consuming and can actually the appearance of your hair depending on how bad your split-ends are.

What you should definitely avoid doing is pulling apart your split ends, as this causes further damage to your hair shaft!

Do braids cause split ends?

Braids can cause split-ends if they have been braided too tightly, and you wear your braids for long periods at a time. This is why it’s important to avoid tight hairstyles and braids, and to make sure that you keep your hair moisturized during the 6 – 8 weeks you have your hair braided.

Can you repair split ends without cutting?

Unfortunately, the only way to repair split-ends is to trim them off; you can improve your hair’s appearance by using coconut oil or vaseline on your ends when you have split ends, but only trimming it will prevent further damage.


Hey, I’m Jodie, the gal behind CraftyHairHacks. I have a deep passion for hair extensions, hairstyles, and almost anything that has to do with hair, which leads me to the writing and research I do for this website daily. Our site is still small, however, we’re pushing to get the best hair hacks out to as many as people as possible. ENJOY!

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