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November, 14 2018

How often should you cut your hair?


Jeanette @JdeV Prestwick store

When it comes to haircuts there’s a bit of confusion as to how often we need to get them done. As a result, some of us get a trim on a regular basis whilst others can go months or even years between visits to the salon. So, how often should you cut your hair? Today I find out!

Signs it’s time to cut your hair

First off, let’s just discuss a few things that indicate your hair is in need of a trim!

Split ends – if you leave it a while before getting your hair cut then split ends can easily form and, over time, these can spread up the length of your hair. This means the longer you leave it between haircuts, the more you’ll have to get chopped off next time you do go.

Dry hair – split ends can also dry out the hair.

The hair lacks volume – the wear and tear of everyday life can damage the hair and makes it appear lifeless however, a quick trim can bring some volume back!

Faded colour – if you’ve had your hair coloured at a salon you will notice that the vibrancy fades as the weeks go by and also, your roots will begin to show at the top of your head too. So, when this happens it could indicate it’s time to get your hair cut once again.

Frizz – over time the hair gets damaged by the heat of straighteners, curlers and hairdryers and, if you fail to get regular trims, this may contribute to frizz.

The hair is difficult to manage – are you finding that you have to put your hair up rather than tease it into a tidy style? This could be yet another sign that you need a haircut!

Your fringe is in your eyes!

How often should you cut your hair?

How often you need a haircut depends on two things – the length of your hair and the style of it.

Long hair for example, needs to be trimmed every 10 weeks or so to keep it healthy whereas short hair loses its style if it’s allowed to grow out so this should be cut every 6-8 weeks.

The second thing to consider is the style of your hair. A pixie chop requires a lot more maintenance than long hair and so with this style you may need to take trips to the hair dressers more often. Also, a blunt fringe requires regular touch ups so with this style you’ll again find yourself at the hairdressers quite frequently. Long straight hair on the other hand, does not require this kind of maintenance so you can leave it a little longer between cuts.

How often should I cut my hair when trying to grow it?

If you are trying to grow your hair you might try to avoid the hairdressers altogether but actually, this is not advisable. Regular haircuts get rid of split ends, thus making the hair healthier. Since healthy hair is more likely to grow than dry, damaged hair, it is actually of benefit to get your hair cut on a regular basis if you’re trying to grow it.  

Again, as I discussed above, long hair should be trimmed every 10 weeks or so, whilst short hair needs cut every 6-8 weeks. If you are growing your hair however, you may want to ask for a shorter trim than normal to achieve that longer style.

For some more advice on growing your hair I’d recommend you have a look at ‘What shampoos help with hair growth?’, a useful blog written by Joanna from our Edinburgh West End store. Alternatively, Joanna has also written a piece called ‘How do I get my hair to grow faster?’ which gives a range of simple tips to help you achieve long hair!

Does cutting your hair make it healthier?

A hair cut gets rid of any spilt ends and in doing so it improves the overall health and appearance of the hair. Your hair should feel softer, more vibrant and it will be easier to manage too. So, the answer to the question above is yes, cutting your hair does make it healthier!