Trim or no trim

Trim or No Trim?

We are all told that if we want our hair to grow and to have healthier hair, we need to get it cut regularly, every six to 8 weeks to be precise. In actual fact, you do need to trim your hair regularly but the type of hair that you have and the style that you keep both play a part in how often you should trim your hair. Therefore, let’s take a look at how often you should trim your hair:

  • Young Person’s Hair = Every 12 Weeks

Your hair when you are young is the healthiest that it’s ever going to be. When you’re young your hair has not been over heated with hair tools such as tongs and straighteners and its not been over coloured so therefore you can go 3 months between each trim.

  • Damaged Hair = Every 4 Weeks

If you’ve over heated, coloured or chemically damaged your hair there’s nothing you can do to reverse the damage. The best thing you can do is make sure that you get your hair trimmed every 4 weeks as this way you can work at cutting away the damage whilst still allowing time for your hair to grow.

  • Straight or Wavy Hair That’s Long = Every 8 – 12 Weeks

If you really look after your long hair and nourish in depth with conditioners and masks etc then you can get it trimmed every 8-12 weeks. As long hair doesn’t have a shape, it doesn’t need regular trims as long as you care for it properly and don’t over style it with heat, you will see that you have smooth, sleek hair. 

  • Straight or Wavy Hair That’s Fine = Every 4 – 6 Weeks

Fine hair can be difficult; one minute it looks really well and then all of a sudden its decided to go limp and it’s not looking so great anymore. With fine hair, the trick is to keep its shape without losing too much length. The advice is to wait at least 4 weeks for a trim but don’t go longer than 6 weeks. 

  • Different Layers = Every 6 Weeks

If you want to keep your style looking well you need to have it trimmed every 6 weeks. If you leave it any longer you will find that your layers will start to look uneven and untidy.

  • Long Layers = Every 6 – 8 Weeks

If your hair falls under this category then you will need to go to your hairdresser for a trim every 6-8 weeks as we are often told. This allows your hair the chance to grow but not grow too much where it spoils the style.

  • Fine Curls = Every 8 – 12 Weeks

Curly hair is often well looked after as their owners usually do their best to keep it well moisturised and therefore every 2-3 months is suitable for a trim. If your curly hair is too long it can start to look stretched and not as healthy as it can look. If, however you have fine hair and your curls are spirally, then stick to having a trim every 8 weeks. 

  • Course, Tight Curls = Every 12 Weeks

If you have hair that’s curly or kinky then you should be getting your hair trimmed every 3 months. It takes around 12 weeks for split ends to form. If you’re trying to grow your hair then ask your hairdresser to take off ¼ of an inch at the most each time you got for a trim. This way you will see the progress of your hair growing.

  • Short Hair = Every 4 Weeks

Whether you have a pixie cut or a bowl you can’t leave to too long between a trim or your hair will lose its style. Although this may seem like a lot of hair appointments, it’s part of the process if you plan to have a short haircut that’s well maintained and looks the part.

  • A Lob or A Bob = Every 6 Weeks

A lob or a bob consists of neat and tidy lines and therefore you need a trim every 6 weeks. As these styles don’t have layers in the crown of the head, the style doesn’t lose any of its plumpness. 

So, there you have it, you now know how often you should go and get your hair trimmed. This however is just a guide and therefore you should be aware of the tell-tale signs which alert you to the fact your hair may be in need of a trim:

  1. The ends of your hair feel dry and are splitting.
  2. Your hair keeps tangling.
  3. Fine curly hair has lost its bounce.
  4. Your hair looks limp and needs volumizing.
  5. You seem to have more bad hair days that good ones.
  6. When you plait your hair, it tapers.

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