Hair Myths: Do Regular Trims Make Your Hair Grow Faster?
January 13, 2020If you're always looking for hair loss products, care tips and hacks to grow longer and thicker hair, you must have heard that getting your hair trimmed frequently will make it grow way faster – apart from making it appear healthier.
This idea sounds counterintuitive. And in fact, it is a bit, after all it involves getting rid of some of the length your hair has already achieved. If you've ever asked, "do regular trims make your hair grow faster?", we're about to examine this myth and explain what getting frequent trims actually does for your hair.
Myth Busted: Frequent Trims Don't Make Hair LongerWe think you already suspected it, but we're confirming that no matter how frequently you get trims, your hair won't grow longer because of it. Your hair grows about ¼ inch every month regardless of getting it trimmed.
The reason? Trims happen at the ends, and your hair grows from the follicle. Whatever you cut at the ends is gone; all new hair is growing at the root.
Probably people started noticing that their hair seemed to have an overall healthier look after a trim, which is perfectly true. Let's discuss that.
What Regular Trims Actually Do for Your HairRegular trims do make your hair look healthier; that is, shinier and thicker.
As we just mentioned, it's your hair ends that get a trim, and this is the most damaged part of your whole hair shaft basically because it's the oldest and has endured more mechanical and chemical strain.
At the ends, hair gets split in two (or more parts) and the hair shaft tears all the way up and in several areas along the shaft, which results in chronic breakage. The more you wait between trims, the more damage your hair can accumulate and the most likely it is to break. Hair that does not get frequent trims might end up looking brittle and lifeless, and when you want to get a haircut to get rid of the damage, you might have to get rid of more length of hair than you had planned.
When you trim regularly, you avoid the damage, and if it has already happened, get rid of it. Neatly trimmed hair looks 'longer' or thicker because the damaged bits are gone (split ends and breakage make hair finer at the ends and it may look sparser or shorter than it actually is). Learn more about split ends on "Hair Treatment for Split Ends."
How Often Should You Get Trims?Every six to eight weeks is a good measure to get your hair cut whether you want to change your style or not. The main goal of frequent trims is avoiding split ends and damage from progressing an causing you to need a shorter haircut that you may want later on.
So, How Do You Make Hair Grow, Then?Hair growth patterns come down to heredity. But there are things you can actively do to help your hair grow faster and healthier.
- Take supplements. Biotin, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamins are best for hair health. Learn more about the most beneficial hair nutrients on "7 Essential Vitamins for Thinning Hair."
- Maintain a healthy diet (increase intake of omega-3 and omega-6 oils, protein, and iron). Fish, eggs, and leafy green vegetables are basic.
- Get used to a healthy hair care routine. This includes the correct washing, drying, and styling. If you have curly hair, you are in luck. Read "How to Wash Curly Hair" and learn how much of a difference a good washing technique can make.
- Use only sulfate and paraben-free products.
- If you have thinning hair, use special thinning hair solutions.
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