Do you want your hair to grow long? Then cut it! It is a common misconception that in order to grow long, naturally curly hair, you should never cut it. If you have curly, kinky or often damaged hair, this can’t be further from the truth! Refusing to cut your hair or not cutting your hair often enough can cause serious damage. Your split ends can travel up the shaft of the hair, causing serious hair breakage.

Cutting curly hair in sections
Leaving damaged ends while trying to grow hair long will cause hair to break continuously, appearing as if your hair never grows past a certain point. Trimming hair seasonally or as needed can encourage your hair to grow as long as viably possible. Hair grows naturally half an inch to an inch a month! Trimming a few centimeters of breakage or damaged ends ensures maximum retention of length. What’s the best haircut for curly hair? Blunt snip of course!

Important Steps for Cutting Natural Curly Hair

Section your hair evenly, and make sure to detangle and deep condition beforehand. Dry ends are commonly confused with damaged ends when they just need extra moisture and care. By deep conditioning beforehand, it will be easy to tell what is damaged and what is not.


Make it easy to move between sections — I like to twist my hair out of the way while focusing on a single section, so I do not trim the same section twice.

using diamond crystal mist on natural curly hair


Use a wide toothed comb and apply moisture with a spray bottle . Did you know Diamond Crystal Mist will moisturize and condition your hair, and is conveniently in a spray bottle? It’s what we use when Anthony cuts hair here at the Castle! Wet hair is easier to manipulate, and easier to judge length when pulling the hair straight to trim. Do not brush wet hair! Wet hair can be very pliable and easily breaks when wet.

Detangle and Comb

It should be relatively easy to comb untangled hair from root to tip. If the hair snags on the very ends, inspect what needs to be trimmed. After trimming, the comb should travel easily through hair.

Cut Seasonally!

Trimming the hair every six months ensures healthy growth and healthy hair! When there is a chance of hair being damaged frequently (such as the summer months or chemical treatments/heat treatments) every three months for trims are also a good idea. You know what comes every three months? A solstice or equinox, which are very powerful days on the Lunar Hair Chart.

Inspecting hair routinely ensures that hair stays healthy, so if you find a split end on a strand of hair, trim the one particular hair immediately!

Additional Tips for Natural Curly Hair Growth

  • Massaging the scalp for 10-15 minutes a day.
  • Brushing once a week to disperse scalp oils.
  • Condition and deep conditioning often.