How Often Should I Trim My Hair?
This is a popular question I receive from my clients..."How often should I trim my hair?"
The simple answer to this? As needed...and that probably is not every 6 weeks as most stylists would have you believe. Unless your hair is relaxed, colored, and uses heat daily...trimming every 6 weeks is more than overboard...it is sabotage to your hair growth. If hair grows on average 1/2 inch per month and every 6 weeks women are getting 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch trimmed off...its no wonder we think our hair can't grow.
Well. It can. It does. So long as we don't cut it off.
So long as you are deep conditioning at least 1-2 times per week, moisturizing and sealing your hair daily, and limiting your hair's exposure to heat and harsh styling...you can easily go 6-12 months without needing a trim. Once I incorporated a daily practice of moisturizing and sealing my hair, I reduced my trim sessions from 4 times a year to 1 time a year. One stylist (who normally encouraged me to get a trim every time I sat down in her chair) was even impressed with the condition of my hair.
You may need a trim if:
- You use heat frequently
- You do not moisturize and seal your hair regularly
- Your hair has begun to "feather" and thin towards the ends
- Your ends are snapping off at an unusual rate
- You wear your hair down often (allowing "rub" against clothes/furniture/etc that can cause dryness and cuticle disruption)