As a stylist I can tell you that when it comes to receiving regular trims it is definitely not a popular service. Only about 5% of my guests actually ASK for regular trims and understand the importance of it. The other 95% always cringe when I tell them its time for a trim! Some actually understand when I tell them WHY they should keep their ends clean and they just don’t care. They would rather have a little dryness than cut anything. Hey, I’m not your mama and you pay me to do what you ask so if you DON’T want a trim, I’m not going to beg you OR be upset. But I will let you know what will continue to happen to your hair without getting rid of those split and brittle ends.
“Getting trims will make your hair grow” –WRONG!
~ I hear this so often “I need to trim my hair so it will grow” and I want you to know the difference in your hair GROWING and RETAINING your growth.
Our hair grows from below the scalp, starting in the Dermis Layer of the scalp is where the Hair Bulb is that forms our hair Follicles which is where our hair Strands are housed. The bulb is responsible for the nutrients and growth of each hair strand.
Our hair goes through three ‘Hair Growth Cycles’
- Anagen phase ( GROWTH ) lasting 2-6 years
- Catagen phase ( Transitional period) lasting 2-4 weeks
- Telogen phase (shedding phase) lasting 3-6 months
This is important because if our hair grows from the scalp through these three phases, the dryness on your ends is NOT something that will hinder that process. Your hair will continue to grow but if your ends are split and/or unkept, your growth will be obsolete. The split ends will counteract any growth that may be happening.
For example, picture a piece of thread on a spool, begin unwinding the spool slowly letting the piece of thread get longer and longer; Now light the tip of the hanging thread on fire and keep unwinding the spool; as the spool produces more thread, it is burned by the slow burning fire and doesn’t appear to be getting any longer. That is what happens to our hair when we don’t get rid of those split ends.
Thus, getting regular trims will NOT make your hair grow but it WILL cause you to RETAIN the growth that is already happening and has been happening your entire life.
“I love getting trims because my hair feels so much more healthy and bouncy!”-RIGHT!
For those of us who LOVE getting trims (all 5% of the worlds population) it’s probably because; A)Our hair grows extremely quick B)We prefer healthy hair over length or C) We are in love with our stylist and want to see them once a month. Regardless of why, the rumors are true, your hair does feel so much more healthy and bouncy after a fresh trim!
Picture your split end as a virus that your hair strand came in contact with. (This is probably not the best example right now buuuutt….lol) Anyway, even though the split end is only on the ends of your hair, just as a virus that maybe entered your body through ONE point of contact like your nose or mouth, it effects the entire strand just as a virus effects your entire body down to your toes! We only feel better when the virus is completely GONE. So, your hair will feel better when those split and/or dry ends are completely gone.
Thus, if you feel your hair lacks luster, bounce, or shine, maybe it’s time for a little trimmy-trim?
“I don’t trim my hair because I don’t want it to look short, it won’t grow back!”- WRONG!
OK, I’m not telling you the reason you don’t want a trim is wrong, I’m telling you that that’s not what will make your hair look short. As we spoke about above, when your hair continues to split it will counteract any growth that is happening and lead to you feeling your hair isn’t growing which will lead you to believe that if you cut your hair it will look short forever.
Picture this, you move into a new house and there is a large lemon tree in the backyard. Seeing the rotten lemons on the ground you look up closer into the branches and see rotten and overcrowded fruit and with very little new buds. Wanting to make the tree thrive again, you must rid the old fruit from around the tree and prune off any rotten or overcrowded fruit and leaves. Over time, your lemon tree will produce new fruit! The same goes for your hair. You HAVE to get rid of the dead to create room for the living. Now I am no green thumb (trust me) so don’t judge my example!
So, it will take time to start retaining growth, it will not happen overnight, but if your patient and follow the directions of your stylist (including home care routines) you will see results!
” I only trim my hair once or twice a year” – WRONG or RIGHT?
The professional recommendation for getting your hair trimmed is to do so every 6-10 weeks. The technical measurement for a trim is 1/4 of an inch. If you get more than this every time then TECHNICALLY you are getting a haircut…just FYI. The timing between “trims” is all dependent on each person, their hair and how they’ve been managing their hair at home. When you trim your hair that does not mean it can’t split again quickly if your using the wrong products, methods and/or too much heat. Some peoples growth cycles last longer than others. If you look above at the three cycles I listed there are ranges of time next to each, this range is because not everyone is that same. Some people NEED to be trimmed every six weeks to retain their growth and keep their hair thriving. Others can go ten weeks and some of my guests even go twelve weeks. However, six to twelve months is definitely not recommended.
Each texture of hair has unique needs and different growth patterns. People with curly or more textured hair have twists and turns that take longer to come out of the follicle thus their growth rate is in fact slower. However, because of the porosity of textured hair, it tends to split and dry out faster. This is why growth retention is not as cookie cutter for every texture. Those with straighter strands may produce new growth at a faster rate due to the shape of the strand. Most straighter textures of hair are not as porous thus it takes longer to split or dry and they can go longer without the need for trimming. However, sometimes this is not true and due to excessive heat or the wrong product usage, straighter hair may need trimming every six weeks as well. As you can see, everything varies from person to person. So be sure to consult your stylist about what YOUR trimming cycle should be!
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” Whenever I get a trim my stylist cuts off all my hair”- This is the best one LOL!
I’m just going to speak for myself here; I totally understand this statement however, y’all know this is not true. As a stylist of thirteen years, I can say that some times I have trimmed more then people wanted me to. Not because I “messed up” (even though sometimes I have) but mainly because I did not clarify and confirm with them the amount of hair I was going to be removing. I’ve learned that everyones definition of measurments is (hyterically) different. So in the past this is how our consultations may have gone;
- ME: Did you have a specific amount in mind you wanted cut today?
- GUEST: I just want an inch off
- ME: OK no problem! ( cuts and inch all around)
- GUEST: OMG YOU CUT OFF ALL MY HAIR **tears**
- ME: ….huh??……
- GUEST: This is way more then I said
- ME: Oh no I’m sorry I thought we agree’d on an inch! Can you show me what you meant by an inch?
- GUEST: **holds up a centimeter between thumb and pointer finger**
- ME: …….oops! Apologies, free service and smiles
Needless to say, consultation things have changed!
Heres how it goes now…
- ME: Did you have a specific amount in mind you wanted cut today
- GUEST: No, just whatever you think
- ME: Ok lets see (analyzes hair) it looks like you need about an inch and a half **holds up inch and a half measurement**
- GUEST: ……..
- ME: Its ok just show me how much you want off
- GUEST: About this much (shows me half and inch)
- ME: Ok you got it! I would definitely recommend you come in in ____ weeks to take the rest of the split ends off and heres why….
- GUEST: OK! Thank you so much see you in ____ weeks! (no tears)
So ladies, my last tip is to make sure you specify with your stylist what you want taken off. If you tell us to take what your hair needs and you “trust us”, just know that is what will happen and you can’t get mad after the fact if you wern’t specific. Now if you were specific and feel thorough about your consultation and your hair is still too short, at that point that is a different conversation that I’m not going to get into today!!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my take on this subject! Don’t forget to comment below with any questions or comments!