It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman with the perfect haircut wants to keep it looking as perfect as possible. One of the keys to keeping your locks looking their best is to know how often to get a trim. Obviously, this depends largely on the length of your hair as well as the chemical processes and products to which your hair may be exposed. Here are a few quick tips and guidelines to help keep your mane manageable.
The average person has hair growth of about one half inch a month. Of course, this can differ slightly from person to person, but it’s a good place to start. For those of you with long hair, it’s important to keep in mind that the hair at the ends is older hair, and thus is more prone to breakage and split ends, especially if you dye or highlight. Long hair should be cut every 8 to 12 weeks, and if you notice breakage or split ends a haircut may be needed as frequently as every 6 to 8 weeks. If you want your hair to grow longer, a stylist should only trim about a half inch off the ends. To keep it the same length, talk with your stylist about how much or how little would work best for you.
For medium length hair the same general rules for long hair apply. A haircut every 6 to 12 weeks will do just fine for your ‘do. If you’re growing your hair out, you may want to take more time between trims.
Short hair usually has a particular style to it, and thus you will need haircuts more frequently in order to keep that feather cut fresh. Short styles need a trim every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how fast you gauge your hair to grow.
If you frequently color, highlight, perm or straighten your hair, you may notice a need for a trim more frequently. As mentioned, chemical processes such as these can take cost your coiffure and will require more regular attention.
Here’s to keeping our tresses terrific!