It’s one of the biggest questions we have to answer in this life: how do I know if I should trim my hair? Okay, so I was being sarcastic, but it IS pretty important. Some people will tell you not to trim your hair at all if you want it grow. Some will say that you need to trim it every six weeks. Some say a couple times a year. Which one is it? Well, it pretty much boils down to the individual nature of your hair and your goals.
One of the most important things to note is that hair grows an average of one half inch every four weeks. Some people have hair that will grow faster, some slower, but the same rules are applicable whatever the case may be.
If your hair is chemically processed, your hair will probably need to be trimmed more frequently. Processes such as the traditional relaxer, Brazilian keratin treatment and texturizers can make hair brittle and dry, in turn causing split ends. In order to keep them from traveling further up your strands, they will need to be cut. Don’t fret though if you’re trying to grow your hair out; more than an inch cut is usually not necessary and if treated well afterward, another trim will not be needed for a good amount of time.
Natural hair tends to be able to go a bit longer between trims. Some women still feel most comfortable getting trims every six weeks while other natural ladies get their hair trimmed once per year. This may also depend on the porosity of your hair. If your strands have low porosity, it may need fewer trims, while highly porous hair will need them more frequently as this type of hair can be more susceptible to moisture loss and breakage.
Both chemically processed and natural tresses will need trims if constantly subjected to heat from blow-dryers and flat irons. In order to minimize damage, it’s always a good idea to apply a good heat protectant such as the Got2B Guardian Angel or Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide when styling.
Most of all it’s about knowing what to look for. In order to avoid over or under trimming, it’s best to not follow an exact date marked on your calendar for every few weeks. Instead, if your ends feel rough, look ragged, are tougher to curl or are resistant to moisturizing products, it’s probably time to grab a pair of shears or head to your favorite stylist.
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