How Often Should You Cut Your Hair?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Knowing when to cut your hair can be particularly difficult when your hair is thinning. The temptation may be to avoid cutting your hair, but experts such as those at Transitions Hair, understand that regular haircuts can be good for your hair and help you work towards your goals. The following is a general guide for all females, to help with the development of a ‘haircut schedule. 

Long Hair
If you have long hair and want to maintain your long locks in a healthy condition, make sure your hair is cut regularly. Keep in mind that long hair is old hair and, the older something gets, the more fragile it becomes. Long hair is typically at an increased risk of breakage, split ends and a thinner appearance. 

Problems with damage to long hair can be reduced with regular haircuts. Regular haircuts help to keep your hair healthy and strong. If you have long hair, aim to have a haircut every 8 to 12 weeks at a minimum. If split ends and hair breakage are a problem for you, get a haircut every 6 to 8 weeks. You can direct your hairdresser to trim only a minimal amount off the ends if you want to grow your hair even longer.

Medium Length Hair
The same haircutting guidelines generally apply if you have medium length hair. Haircuts at intervals of 6 to 12 weeks are recommended if your hair is to maintain a healthy appearance and be strong and lustrous. 

If you are committed to keeping your hair at a particular length, it’s suggested that you still get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks in order to keep it at your preferred length. Alternatively, when growing hair out, try getting a cut every 8 to 12 weeks.

Short Hair
If you have short hair and want to keep your short style (and have it looking fresh), more frequent haircuts are required. Short hair typically looks as though it is growing out quickly. 

Your short hair will need a trim every 4 to 8 weeks if its shape is to be maintained. If you would like to grow out your short hair and work towards a longer style, try to commit to haircuts every 6 to 12 weeks.

Chemical Processing
Many people regularly colour, highlight, chemically straighten or perm their hair. If this is the case for you, you may notice that your hair needs more frequent trims. Chemical processing can lead to hair splitting and breaking, and it can also make hair dry. Haircuts at more frequent intervals can support the hair, prevent breakage and stop it from drying out too much. 

Regular haircuts are an important contributor to healthy hair. Even if you are actively trying to grow your hair out, commit to regular cuts or trims, as regular haircuts help to stop the hair from breaking or splitting. When hair is split and prone to breakage, your hair will look as though it is growing more slowly than it actually is.

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