Trimming Split Ends on Natural Black Hair

It is very important to keep hair trimmed regularly in order to achieve the desired length. If you don't trim your ends then they become brittle and break off and disrupt the natural hair shaft from completing it's normal growth process. I am not a licensed professional but I have been doing my own hair for many years and I have researched extensively in this area. The main reason I do my own hair is for cost purposes and because I do not wear relaxers so there are no chemicals involved in my hair care regimen, therefore I do not feel I need a professional to do my hair. I am not discouraging anyone from going to the beauty shop, I think you should seek professional assistance with your hair care maintenance if you do not have the skills to do it yourself. I have included some pictures of what my hair looked like before what I call dusting my ends and after I dusted them. What I mean by dusting is that I grab a small section of my hair, I twist it down to the end, then I clip the hair that is sticking out or the hair that does not make a neat twist. The hair that needs to be trimmed is the hair that looks frayed and where a single hair shaft has split in two. I am very cautious when I trim my own ends because I am trying to grow my hair as long as it will go, ideally I would like it to be bra strap length, so I try to preserve the length that I have already achieved as much as possible. When you go to a salon or beauty shop they can get scissor happy and cut off a lot of length when trimming split ends. You can see the results I got just from a minor trim, it makes a world of difference in the appearance of your hair and your desired hairstyle.
I will be posting several of my personal natural hair care and maintenance experiences, as well as sharing results on different products that I have or will be testing out in the near future. I plan on buying the Beauty 4 Ashes line of shampoo and conditioner because I like how they use all natural ingredients in their products. It is pretty expensive, about $60 for the two, but I hope it will be worth it. Feel free to leave any comments and give me some ideas on what topics you would like information on pertaining to natural hair care. I have been wearing my hair natural for over 20 years because I love celebrating my heritage through my hair roots.