We’ve all heard hairstylists say, “If you want your hair to grow longer and stronger, you have to trim it more often.” Cutting your lengths to grow longer hair may seem counterproductive, but it’s actually 100% true.
The number one reason hair seems to “stop growing,” is because of split ends. Split ends will actually cause your hair to continuously break, making it feel as if your hair won’t grow any longer. The truth is that your locks have literally reached their “breaking point.” Split ends, when left untreated, will continue up the hair strand, making growth less noticeable and nearly impossible to hold on to. The only way to truly combat this and make your hair grow longer is to schedule regular trims throughout the year.
How Often Should I Be Getting a Trim?
A general guideline for a healthy trimming schedule is every six to eight weeks, but everyone’s hair is different. Different textures, different styling routines, different rates of growth—the combinations are endless. Those who double process or bleach their hair regularly could benefit from a four to six-week schedule, whereas someone who doesn’t do much to their hair could get by on an eight-week schedule just fine. The key to figuring out the best timeline is to talk to your stylist and take your at-home routine into account. Do you heat style daily? Color regularly? Is your hair curly and on the dryer side? Also, consider how your career or lifestyle could affect growth. Are you out in the sun a lot? Do you have to wear your hair pulled back for work? Is washing and drying a daily requirement? All these factors will play into the overall picture of how often to trim your hair. After all, it’s all based on the split ends you have and why/how they occur.
Do Split End Products Really Help?
There are a variety of products on the market that claim to heal split ends. While some of these products may help in the interim, the only true way to fix split ends is with an actual haircut. However, that doesn’t mean you should avoid these products.
Bond building products, like Olaplex, are a great way to heal hair and keep lengths healthy between trims. Hair products that promote “bond building” work because they are formulated to actually rebuild the broken down protein bonds inside your hair strand. However, once the hair has been split, you’ll still need to schedule that trim. When it comes to finishing products, like styling oils and split end serums, don’t expect some kind of miracle. These products, typically oil-based, are designed to create the appearance of healthy hair, but only the appearance. Good for a quick fix, but not a permanent solution.
At the end of the day, if longer hair is your goal, don’t be afraid of a trim. A healthy cut on a regular basis is the number one way to grow your hair longer and stronger. Incorporate treatments when you can, but always book your next appointment.
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