Post # 1
So I’m trying to grow my hair out. I don’t dye it (it’s been 3 years). I don’t style it more than twice every month. Today I got a haircut and my hairstylist said to come back in 4-6 weeks. She knows I’m trying to grow it and that I don’t do much to damage it. This seems excessive and frankly expensive. Do you agree with this timeframe? I’m confused on how often I need to go!! I’m afraid to go back to this stylist now.
Post # 2
She is just trying to make money off of you. If you cut your hair every 4-6 weeks it is not going to grow out. The whole “if you cut your hair often it will grow faster” thing is a complete myth, your hair is dead and the roots have zero idea how long it is at the tips. I cut my hair every few months as I like to keep it long and it grows sooo slowly.
Post # 3
I trim every 8 weeks, but color and highlight it. For otherwise healthy hair, every 3-4 months to clean it up or add some style is perfectly fine if you are trying to grow it out.
Post # 4
sapphire27 : PREACH!!!
As sapphire27 said, the hair is dead. The only thing a trim will accomplish is cutting off length. Sometimes, it is important to get rid of split ends (since they can travel up the shaft causing the hair to break off).
I am lucky to have healthy hair. I haven’t gotten a cut/trim in two years. My hair started at my collar bone; now it is down to my buttcrack.
Post # 5
I cut like 1-2 times a year. I only cut it to update my layers when I feel it is growing wrong. I do not like to cut it because they cut off all my hair growth no matter how many times I say a micro trim.
Post # 6
Yes sapphire27 : is absolutely right right , cutting the ends of hair – or even shaving it off for that matter – makes zero differnce to the roots or rate of growth . It’s a strangely persistent myth that one.
Have it cut as little as is compatible with keeping ends unsplit etc.
Post # 7
It depends how healthy your hair is. If it’s strong and healthy and you rarely get split ends once or twice a year is probably fine. If you have brittle or damaged hair that is prone to splitting/breaking then you need to go more often – I wouldn’t go more than every 8 weeks.
For myself I have healthy virgin hair but it is fine and prone to split ends, it used to get to a certain length and break off.
I now go once every 3 months (4 times a year) and my ‘length per month’ has literally doubled.
elderbee : Totally true that cutting of the ends does nothing for root growth, but it absolutely effects breakage and hair length – which is why the myth remains persistent.
Post # 8
How long is your hair? I trim mine a bit every 2 months just to keep things tidy. When your hair is long it’s actually quite easy to do. I’m sure your hairdresser would love for you to come back in 6 weeks! It will certainly help her pocketbook grow larger! Most hairdressers I’ve gone to are not happy I choose to trim my hair myself but I really don’t care. Just nod your head and say you understand then make another appointment whenever you feel like it. It’s your body, you don’t own anyone anything with it!
Post # 9
It depends on how your hair grows and what sort of style you like. Some people experience their hair growing slightly unevenly and they prefer a blunt look so they need trims more regularly, some have their hair cut into a style that needs to be trimmed regularly to keep it looking how it is supposed to.
I have long pretty plain hair that I like in a full blunt cut with some long layers around my face and I would say 2-3 times a year is the most I need to get cuts.
Post # 10
Hair grows on average half an inch per month. The typical trim usually takes off an inch. For me personally I have to go every 6 months. If you do that you’ll get four inches of growth in a year, on average. If that’s too slow for you then you can try to stretch it to one cut per year.
Post # 11
sadbee1992 : since April 2017, I’ve had my hair cut 3 times. My hair grows quite quickly but in April 2017 I had it cut to a short bob at the top of my neck and now it’s already back past my bra strap. It works out about every 11 months for a hair cut for me. I had a colour put on the ends in 2017, didn’t colour it last year but added temporary colour this time to cover my greys but when that grows out I’ll either just live with the greys or start going more regularly. I don’t style my hair a lot, it’s usually up and I use no snag bobbles. The ends are still in an ok condition but it’s lost the style a little, particularly the shaping around my face. It tends to hang quite heavy around my face but the rest is fine as I have longish layers in so it’s not a blunt cut. So if I wear my hair down but it’s at the end of a cut, I’ll pin the hair around my face back to hide the fact the shape has grown out.
Post # 12
I am cutting my hair once a quarter so 4x a year but I am curly hair and get devacurl cuts so that might be a bit different.
Post # 13
I get my hair cut maybe three times per year. I also stay away from blow dryers, straighteners, and curling my hair. It mostly air dries on my commute to work. My hair stays quite healthy between trims. My stylist will generally say, “Yeah, we don’t need to take much off to get the dead ends… maybe an inch, if that.” If every four months is an inch trimmed off, I’m still growing my hair out.
Post # 14
I cut my own hair most of the time. Occassionally, if it is completely misshapen and needs major help, I’ll get it professional cut/styled. Other than that, I trim it whenever I notice the ends getting super ratty or overall limpness. You know your own hair- When it starts to look like it needs some help, get a trim. Other than that, don’t worry about it!
Post # 15
I cut my hair usually twice to three times a year. It’s a complete myth (and rip off money grab) that you have to cut every 6-8 wks or that cutting your hair helps it grow. If you don’t have much existing damage (bleach, heat) and you aren’t adding more, minimal trims are fine. As a pp said the ‘average’ trim is at least an inch. That is 2 months worth of growth gone in seconds!