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How Often Do You Really Need to Trim Your Hair?

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When was the last time you got a haircut? Whether you book your trim like clockwork or wait until split ends start to form before cleaning them up, the one thing we have in common is that we all need haircuts. With salons finally reopening months after shuttering their doors, it’s the perfect time to ask: How often should you trim your hair?

Well, the answer is different for everyone—so we tapped Pepper Pastor, Kérastase lead artist and master stylist, for all the details on exactly how often you should trim your hair. Read on for everything you need to know.

How often should you trim your hair?

Pastor says how often you need your hair trimmed depends on your hair goals, type, and texture. For example, thicker, curly, and long hair generally needs to be cut, “about twice a year for health and to maintain shape,” according to Pastor. Well, that sounds easy enough!

That rule, however, certainly doesn’t apply to everyone. It’s all about your cut and style, too. Pastor explains that someone with finer hair wearing a shorter, shaggy style (or anything more tailored or complicated) should get a cut about every six weeks.

“The thicker hair you have and the longer it is, the less you need to cut,” Pastor explains.

Sorry, short hair lovin’ guys and gals! If you have hair above your collarbone or have thin or fine hair you wear in a specific shape or cut, the maintenance requires more attention.

If a trip to the salon plus a wash, cut, and blow-dry every six to eight weeks sounds like a bit much for you, don’t worry! Pastor offers a less time consuming and more cost-effective option for proper hair maintenance—a dry cut.

“This service is half the cost of a normal haircut, and the hair is not shampooed or styled,” Pastor says.

Pastor says this service is ideal for giving shape and for cleaning up any damaged ends. She also recommends proper and frequent brushing of your mane.

Brushing hair is also a great way to keep your hair healthy in between haircuts,” she explains. “Find a soft bristle brush and get in 20 strokes at least once a day from roots to ends.”

Does trimming hair help it grow?

While it does tend to vary from person to person, on average, Pastor says that hair grows from about a quarter to half an inch each month. This can vary based on hormones, supplements, and certain medical conditions.

Another lesser-known factor for hair growth? Seasons! You may be surprised to learn that the temperature can play a major role in how much your hair grows.

“Warmer weather stimulates hair follicles and hair grows faster,” Pastor explains.

Even if you’re trying to grow out your locks, you still need a proper trim schedule. Skipping trims in the name of length can actually be counterintuitive. Contrary to popular belief, skipping trims can make your hair more prone to split ends and breakage, resulting in less length overall.

“If you have very fine hair and are keeping it long, your hair can tangle more easily and become very frayed when you skip a regular trim,’ Pastor says. “ If your hair is extremely thick or curly, skipping your trimming sesh will result in a larger shape and volume, as well as a heavy ponytail (if you wear your hair up), which can be pretty cumbersome for most.”

What causes split ends?

Many factors can contribute to split ends, including dryness, frequent heat styling and bleaching, brushing your hair incorrectly, not keeping up with trim appointments, chemical services, and environmental factors like harsh weather.

Can you fix split ends?

While the only way to get rid of split ends is to snip them off, there are a few ways to manage them and make your hair look healthier between salon appointments. Below, we’ve rounded up the tips and products you need to know about to care for your split ends the right way.

Three Ways To Manage Split Ends

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Seal Your Split Ends Between Trims

Like we said before: Getting rid of split ends entirely will require a haircut appointment. In the meantime, however, opt for a product that acts as a liquid bandaid for damaged hair like Redken’s Extreme Bleach Recovery Lamellar Water Treatment. This product is formulated to penetrate deep into the hair follicle to reduce porosity, aid in softness and texture, fight breakage and frizz, repair dry, brittle hair, and care for bleached hair.

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If dryness is the main cause of your split ends, add a hair mask like Biolage Hydrasource Deep Treatment Multi-Use Hair Pack to your hair care routine. This formula for dry hair creates more manageable, hydrated, and softer-feeling hair while strengthening and reducing breakage by 70 percent.

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Dealing with brittle, weakened hair? Try using a protein treatment mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque. This product helps create shinier, softer hair while helping correct damaged ends, nourishing, reducing frizz, and softening hair texture.

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The Bottom Line

Regardless of your hair type, length, and style, we all need haircuts at least twice a year. Knowing how often your specific hairstyle needs a trim, however, is essential to not only maintaining the style you want and love but also your overall hair health. If you have any questions, consult your professional stylist for their personalized recommendations unique to you.

Interested in more expert hair tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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