Healthy Hair Care Blog From A Professional Hairstylist

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Does Trimming Your Hair Make It Grow Faster?

I think this may be the oldest question in hair history.  Does trimming your hair help it to grow or make it grow faster?  I'm here to set the record straight once and for all on this age old hair mystery. The answer is NO, trimming your ends does not make your hair grow!  Your hair grows from the scalp, not from the ends.  Once your ends are trimmed there is not a signal that goes up to your scalp telling it that it can now grow.  It just doesn't work like that.  Getting your ends trimmed does make your hair look healthier because instead of the ends of your hair looking like someone has been chewing on them, they now look neat and healthy.  I always advise women to not sacrifice trimming their ends only because they want their hair to look longer, that is definitely not a good look.

fresh trim

Also, once your ends begin to split it continues to do so until you cut them.  Therefore, the longer you go without getting them trimmed, the more they will continue to split up the hair shaft, and the more you will have to get cut in the long run.  That is why I advise women to get on a consistent schedule and stick with it in reference to getting your ends trimmed.  The reason why some women hate to have their stylist trim their ends is because by the time they let the stylist do it their is a lot that needs to be cut simply because the person waited so long to have it done.  Then the next thing you know the stylist is labeled as "scissor happy" because they cut all that needed to be cut which was more than the client was expecting.  But that is another blog post all together.  I normally turn my client around in the chair so that they can see themselves in the mirror, and show them what needs to be cut before I actually cut it.  If they agree to it I proceed to cut, otherwise I only cut however much they are comfortable with making sure to let them know that eventally they will need to get the rest cut since there is no product out there that will "fix" split ends, not even Silk Hydration by L. Jones;).

So the next time you hear someone say that they need to get their ends trimmed in order to help their hair grow let them know that that is not technically true.  They are helping their hair become healthier, which in turn, will aid in hair growth but trimming the ends of the hair does not equal longer hair.


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