Most of us are so attached to our hair, cutting any bit of it is not a very welcome idea. I got a trim recently after over a year of stalling, and the difference is so clear, no more shall I resist! Here’s why you should get that trim soon:
Your ends are the oldest and most fragile parts of your hair. They started from the bottom and now they’re here. If you have been growing your hair for 5 years, depending on how good you’ve been at retaining length, your ends could be 5 years old. They’ve seen the most, and for this reason, could be worn out, frayed, split or broken. Many conditioners claim to repair split ends but this is a lie. Damaged ends can only be managed for so long, the best thing to do is let them go.
Hints That You Need A Trim
- Your hair is more tangled than before
- You can literally see split ends, or thinness in your ends when stretched
- Your styles aren’t turning out well lately
- Your hair has been stuck at the same length or is even shorter.
- Your ends look and feel dry, and rough.
When To Trim?
Some people trim every eight weeks, or every quarter, this works for them. I say, trim as needed. How often you need to trim would depend on your hair habits, and your growth rate. If you wear your hair out a lot, you are likely to need a trim more often than someone who wears protective styles all year.
Consider getting a trim at least twice a year. The key word here is CONSIDER. You may need a trim, or not, but critically examine your ends at least once in six months. When you do trim, only take off what is damaged. You don’t need to lose two inches every single time you trim.
How To Trim
If you have no training, I suggest taking your hair to a professional stylist you trust. Different stylists have their techniques, some prefer to work on wet hair, others dry hair, and some insist on straightening hair first.
There are measures you could take on your own, like dusting, search and destroy missions, but note that you should do them like a good stylist, with a very sharp pair of scissors, preferably hair shears set aside for hair alone.
Can Trimming Make Your Hair Grow Faster?
Hair growth occurs in your follicles, lodged in the scalp. Trimming has zero influence on this process. For most people, hair growth is not the problem, rather, holding on to the growth is. While trimming cannot technically make your hair grow, it could help with retaining length, taking you to your goal of longer hair.
How To Protect Your Ends Between Trims
- Be very gentle with them.
- When you apply oils and conditioners to your hair, focus on your ends, make sure they are covered.
- If you use light oils normally, try using a thicker oil like Castor oil to seal your ends.
- Wear protective styles that keep your ends tucked away.