Post # 1
My hair has always been a bit frizzy, but has calmed down as it has gotten longer. I haven’t had it trimmed in 7 years, haven’t had a proper haircut in 15 because I wanted to grow it out.
Well..it seems I have hit a plateau. Hair is not really growing once it is 3 inches past my shoulders.
I have tried biotin, it didn’t seem to help. I am thinking of getting my split ends trimmed to help things along, but I am afraid the stylist will end up making it too short. I have scoliosis, so it is important to me that my hair stay long to cover my upper back.
Ideas? Should I get it trimmed anyway to get it looking a bit less “flyaway” and healthier?
Post # 2
If the ends are split they need to come off. Split ends will essentially be the end of growth. They will continue to split further up the shaft and more and more of the bottom will look like scraggly flyaway frizz and in turn you’ll end up having to cut off even more of it. I would get one full inch cut to make sure the whole head gets a nice clean edge. Healthy ends will make your hair read as longer than damaged ends. And you often *feel* like you get a growth spurt following a good cleanup. You don’t, but the healthy ends make new growth more noticeable.
Post # 3
The only way to get rid of split ends is trim them off – otherwise the split will just travel up the hair shaft and increase the likelihood of damaging your hair further and causing breakage. Getting frequent trims is actually healthier for your hair than just letting it grow unchecked.
I think if your goal is long healthy hair, you may need to suck it up and put up with the short-term displeasure of not having your hair as long as you like to get rid of the damaged ends. It will grow back.
Post # 4
Just cut it.
its honestly the only way.
Post # 5
You have to cut off the split ends. They will only split more. There is no repair once they are split. I get my hair cut every 6 weeks and it still grows. Not cutting your hair only gives you split ends and damaged hair.
Post # 6
Google instructions for self-trimming hair. It’s super easy to just take an inch off long hair.
Post # 7
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You need to get the split ends cut off, that may mean you have to get more than you envisionage cut off to get rid of all the ends. However it’ll be worth it in the end
Post # 8
Your biggest mistake is not going in for regular haircuts/trims. I’ve been trying to grow my hair out and am incredibly cheap and lazy when it comes to self-maintenance so was going 6+ months between trips to the salon. I’d only go when my ends were so damaged that they looked thin and I was dealing with snaggles and cutting out knots on a daily basis. My hair just wouldn’t grow past a certain point and when I went for a cut she had to hack off so much damaged hair that I’d lose all of my progress. She suggested coming in every four months for a trim and that’s made a huge difference. My hair looks much healthier and I feel like I’m actually making progress with the length. You might have to cut off more than you like on your first visit but you’ll see real progress if you make an effort to maintain your style and keep your hair healthy with regular trims.
Post # 9
If its long enough i would just trim it myself its pretty easy and theres youtube videos to help you
Post # 10
lauralaura123 : you need regular trims to keep it growing. I would have the split ends cut off then use conditioning masks to encourage growth
Post # 11
You do NOT need regular trims to keep your hair growing. This is so absurd I can’t believe anyone still thinks this.
You cannot repair split ends, and yes the only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. But just cutting your hair to get rid of the split ends is doing you a disservice, because you aren’t dealing with the root cause – why are you getting split ends? The worst things you can do for your hair are bleaching and heat. The best way to grow your hair – stop heat, put it in a bun and forget about it.
I started growing my hair out maybe 5 or so years ago. I generally go for a cut twice a year and have a limited relationship with heat (i dont flat iron, a good blow dry will do me for a week and its less heat/damaging). I’ve kept my hair between waist and hip length for the last 2 years. I could probably grow it longer, but it just takes too long to dry once it gets past hip!
You might want to check out the long hair forum for more! Lots of ladies growing their hair there.
Post # 12
She hasn’t had a haircut in SEVEN years. If I went without a haircut for seven years my hair would be split and shredded right up to the root with or without any heat styling or damaging processing of any type.
There are many different types of hair. They can all take a different amount of abuse, they all require different t amounts or types of styling. Trim frequency and maintenance routines that work for one head may not work for another.
Post # 13
I would trim 2 inches since 7 years have gone by without a trim or cut. A couple products that have worked for me:
It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask – This has helped with my hair texture, calming down the frizz.
Hairfluence – A supplement that includes biotin and many other ingredients to help with hair growth.
Post # 14
OMG… Cut your hair!
Sorry to be harsh but your hair isn’t going to grow or be healthy if you aren’t getting regular trims. Do you understand what happens with spil ends? Your hair breaks. Probably shorter than what your stylist would cut with trims every 8 weeks. Do your hair a favor and just get a real hair cut.
Post # 15
You really can’t repair split ends–the only thing you can do is cut them off. Regular trims and proper hair care are the best way to longer, healthy-looking hair. As with most things, neglect just looks like…neglect. Treat yourself.