Some people love getting haircuts and other people just don't so knowing how often you should get your hair cut can help you plan accordingly. The frequency of your salon visits can be motivated by wanting a certain style, saying goodbye to split ends, maintaining your color or achieving hair wellness.
How often you cut your hair can depend on hair types, personal preferences, damage and existing treatments you've had. We'll walk you through it all so you can figure out exactly when to schedule your next appointment.
How Often You Should Cut Your Hair
First and foremost, how often you get your haircut is 100% a personal choice. How you feel about your hair should be driving your decisions. The shape, length and style of your hair can all play a role as well. Bearing that in mind though, there are some general recommendations to follow when it comes to the frequency of your haircuts.
Kim Anderson, a licensed cosmetologist with New Image Salon, said that if you want to keep your hair healthy, you should plan to get trims or cuts "once every six weeks, on average." If you find that you have some trouble remembering to get a regular haircut, try asking your stylist to make you a standing appointment for a trim every few weeks.
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How to Tell It's Time to Cut Your Hair
Each person will have some different warning signs that he or she may need to cut their hair. Hair grows differently for each of us, so things like hair length and even the shape of your hair shaft will determine when you need to get a haircut. People with fine hair may notice they need a trim more often than those with curly hair, for instance. And those who prefer to maintain a particular style or length may want to get a haircut once they notice their style has grown out.
One major sign that your tresses need a trim typically shows up at the ends of your hair. If you start noticing a split ends, you will know that it is definitely time to get yourself a trim. Split ends will occur more frequently for those who use heat styling or otherwise may experience hair damage via bleaching, hair dye, chemical treatments or other habits like excessive chlorine exposure.
How Often Should You Cut Your Hair If You Want It to Grow?
Now, if you want to make your hair grow faster, you may want to wait a bit longer than the standard six to eight weeks in between visits to your hairstylist. In this case, you can push your regular trims out to once every eight to twelve weeks instead. You can also take other steps to boost hair growth like using hair serums or taking daily biotin gummies, specifically formulated with ingredients that have been shown to encourage healthy hair growth.
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Can You Cut Your Hair Too Often?
Sometimes, too much of a good thing isn't so good. In the case of most haircuts and trims, this is definitely true! Even if you're not trying to grow out your hair, you want to avoid trimming it too frequently and anything under four weeks is likely too often. Make sure that you work with your hairstylist to determine how often you should have a haircut based on your hair type and goals. Hairstylists are professionals and will know how to help you grow out your hair while avoiding those dreaded split ends and other maladies that come with trimming too often or not enough.
There is one exception to this rule, however. If you have a hair fade, you'll want to take note. (For those who aren't sure what this term means: A hair fade is a trendy style with ultra-short sections of hair. Just take a stroll through New York City to see how popular this cut is). This is one haircut that's actually okay to trim every couple of weeks. In fact, if you're not prepared to head to your barber or hairstylist every two weeks, then you may want to consider another fashionable cut to achieve short hair perfection.
How Often You Should Get Your Hair Trimmed if You Have Long Hair or Short Hair
Those with long hair can go even longer between trims than the rest of us. Try getting your hair cut once in a three to six month period. You can always adjust this timeframe as desired.
People with shorter hair, regardless of gender, should plan to trim their hair a bit more often. A trim once a month is generally recommended but, depending on your texture, you may be able to get a trim once every six weeks instead.
The Many Factors of Haircuts
Whether your hair is long, short, textured, curly, fine, thick or some combination of the above, make sure you take the time to determine the appropriate frequency of trims for your hair needs. Pay attention to what you and your hair enjoys — there's no harm waiting until you get the itch to get a cut. If it's longer locks you want, you may also consider adding an advanced hair serum to your hair care routine to help the process along. Your hair (and your hairstylist!) will thank you for your efforts.
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