When and Why Should I Trim My Hair?

I know three kinds of people.

  • People who find scissors frightening
  • People who are best friends with a pair of scissors and find all types of excuses to cut their hair
  • And finally people who are in between, “Cutting my split ends is necessesary once in a while”

Which one are you? I’m the third one. I cut my hair every 3 months, well at least I try to cut my hair every 3 months. It’s so that the ends do not look horrible and dry. It does wonders to the volume, the look in general.

Regular Trims and Cuts: Yay or Nay?

There are people who think that cutting their ends regularly will help the hair grow faster. Let’s analise it more crearly. If you cut the ends of your hair, do you think it affects the follicles in your sclap in some way? Follicles are the ones responsible to the speed of your hair growth. Cutting or trimming only works to keep your hair more healthy as it grows.

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Trim Intervals

As I mentioned before, I tend to trim my hair every 3 months. It usually ends up being 4, but all that matters is that I trim. Do your best to give some time in between the trims of about 3 to 4 months as well. Hair starts to split around that time, so that is when you will need to trim.

Wet or Dry

Usually natural hair should be cut when dry. It should be combed and dried so that it is aligned better. I honestly cannot cut my hair when dry. I usually cut it when still a bit humid, not dripping wet, because it is easier for me to comb it then. And the cut has come out great so far, no regrets. I personaly think that this depends on how it works best for you.

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I’ll Just Take Care of My Hair Better So It Does Not Split Anymore

If your ends are snapping off regularly or you notice regular and easy breakage  when you detangle, is a sign that you either need to change something in your hair routine, maybe a certain product, trim and seal more. In case you have short hair and are not sure of when your hair is breaking, look for a small white clump at the end, it’s called the base of the hair strand or the bulb root.

Do not use heat frequently! Direct heat on your strands from hair dryers, curling or flat irons, etc, remove the sebum which are your natural oils from the strands. Strands that are prone to dryness are more likely to get split ends.

The more you wear your hair down, the higher the chances for wear and tear of your strands. Due to friction caused from clothes you could be wearing. Some hair types, such as thick in diameter and with low/normal porosity, grow a defense against such problems.

Your ends need a little more attention and care because they are the part of your hair that have been there the longest. Use a sealer regularly to minimise breakage and split ends. Women with extremely curly and tight curls should be more careful, the curlier your hair is the more difficult the sebum finds to run down your strands.

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A few examples of sealers from the brands Bamboo, Fresh, Kiehl’s and L’oréal

If you do not trim your split ends, they will grow longer or they will travel up your hair. Split hair gets brittle, weak and with less volume. So if you see more split ends than non-split ends, get a trim!

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