When most women hear the phrase, “You’re due for a trim”, they usually tense up at the thought. In their minds, doing away with those few inches of frayed ends is equivalent to being bald, which we all know isn’t the case. The opposite is actually true. By getting rid of those unsightly split ends your hair in turn looks a lot healthier and fuller. No, trimming your hair won’t make your hair grow (for those growing out their locks), but it does help to prevent breakage, which when left untreated can travel up the hair shaft leading to more damage and more hair that needs to be cut. For best results, it’s recommended to trim your hair about every 6-8 weeks. However, if you often chemically treat or apply heat to your hair, it’s recommended to trim your hair at least every 4-6 weeks.
So how to tell if you’re do for a trim? Check out our tips below!!
1. THE ENDS OF YOUR HAIR ARE SNAPPING…VERY FREQUENTLY Your ends are literally snapping off or you’re noticing breakage when you detangle is a key sign that you need to change an element of your hair routine i.e trim more often. If your hair is of shorter length you might be more confused to actually what is breakage or simply shedding hair. TIP: An easy sign for anyone is that shedding hair has a tiny white clump on the end called the bulb root.
2.YOU USE HEAT FREQUENTLY Any type of frequent direct heat on your strands from tools such as hair dryers, curling/flat irons, straightening combs etc strips the sebum (natural oils) from your strands leaving them susceptible to dryness and at high risk for split ends.
3. YOU HAVE SPLIT ENDS The longer you wait to rid your hair of split ends, the higher the likelihood that split ends will turn into split hair strands that are even more damaged. Take a look at the ends of your hair; split ends are easy to spot. Instead of a single hair strand that’s intact all the way to the end, a split end looks just like that: two separate strands of hair at the bottom of the hair shaft, sticking away from one another. That means it time for a trim!
4. YOUR HAIR IS UNEVEN (AND NOT BECAUSE OF YOUR HAIRSTYLE) When you see formless, uneven strands it can indicate that you need a trim to get things back in order. Sometimes fly-a-ways and frizz can be common signs that you’re due for a cut.
5. NO NEW GROWTH Is your hair the same length as last year? Are you deep conditioning, protective styling, and treating your hair properly? If you’ve reviewed your entire regimen and still not getting results, then maybe you’re not keeping up with your split ends. This holds true for some who don’t believe in trimming or trim on a rare basis. There are some women who can go a long time without a trim and there are others with more delicate hair who need to stay ahead of damaged ends. TIP: You may want to read: 7 Reasons It May Appear Your Hair Has ‘Stopped Growing’.