If You Want to Grow Your Hair Out, You Need a Trim

8551939338_92e28c9c9cWhen you’re growing your hair out, a trim can seem a little counterproductive. Why would you cut your hair if you want it to grow? Before I answer that question there are a few things you should consider.

First, let’s address a myth. Cutting your hair will not make it grow faster. Most importantly, trimming your ends is apart of building a healthy hair regimen. Some believe that this step is completely unnecessary. They believe that a good regimen that forgo the use of heat and harsh detergents eliminates all risk of split ends instead. This is untrue. I know this from my own personal experience.

There’s some misinformation about trimming your ends and the best method of getting rid of split ends so I consulted an expert on the subject. Anthony Dickey, co-founder of Hair Rules Salon and celebrity stylist says”hair naturally begins to split at three to four months”. This means scheduling a trim every three to four months will remove naturally splitting ends but still allowing you to see hair growth. Hair  grows  about  1/4 to 1/2 inch a month.   If ends are clipped regularly, you will only remove about 1/4 inch or less which will leave you with noticeable growth and length retention.

If you’re still a little hesitate about getting a trim so frequently, you can use what I call the “search and destroy” method.  This only works if you’re ok with uneven hair. Its self-explanatory, find your split ends and cut them. With this method, you can stretch out your “search and destroy” session to maybe once or twice a year or on an as needed basis. Or try dusting.  Ouidad’s Creative Director, hairstylist Morgan Willhite recommends getting a “dust” or “micro-trim” on your ends every eight weeks. It is a trim that’s so small you can’t see hair on the floor.

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