Knowing how often to cut your hair has a lot to do with the hopes and expectations you have from your hairstyle.
By this I mean, the length and shape of your hairstyle as some styles and lengths will require more frequent maintenance to show that style off to its best and minimise the amount of work required to achieve this. You must also take into consideration the degree to which your hair is exposed to heat styling, chemical processing and even growing your current hairstyle out to a longer look. Fact – hair grows at an average rate of half an inch a month.

Long Hair
If your hair is long and you want to keep it long, it is very important to get regular trims in order to keep your long hair looking healthy. Long hair is obviously older the further down the hair you go and like anything that ages the older your hair gets the more fragile it becomes. Long hair is more susceptible to breakage, appearing thinner and split ends. If you colour or highlight your hair it is even more exposed to potential damage. Long hair should be cut every 6 to 10 weeks. Tip – Be specific with your hairstylist when getting your hair cut. If you would like your hair to grow longer, ask your stylist to trim a half inch or less off the ends. Bear in mind that this request should be based on the fact that you are trimming your hair regularly and the ends are well maintained. If you want to maintain the same length you will need to trim it by an equivalent amount to the growth since last trim.

Medium Length
The same rules generally apply for medium length as they do for long hair. Regular haircuts at 8 to 10 week intervals are very important to keep your shape and maintain a healthy appearance.

Short Hair
If you already have a short hair style you will be very aware that it appears to grow out quickly. Short hairstyles should be cut every 6 to 8 weeks if you want to maintain and manage your style to its maximum. As previously mentioned if you are considering growing out your short look into a new longer style its important that you have a clear understanding with your stylist as to your goals.

Chemically Processed Hair
If you colour, highlight, perm or chemically straighten your hair on a regular basis you may notice that your hair needs to be trimmed more frequently. Chemical processes can cause dryness that needs addressing with specific home care and cutting.

Growing Your Hair Out
Many people make the mistake of not getting their hair cut regularly when trying to grow their hair. The reality is that say you leave your hair for 6 months without cutting and its grown 3 inches in this time, the probability is that when you visit your stylist you may potentially need to remove the majority of this growth because of damage, split ends and dryness. Let me put you straight on this situation. Lets say your hair grows an inch and you remove a half inch, your hair is still a half inch longer than your last trim. What you gain from this process is more manageability of your growing out hairstyle and ensuring the avoidance of split ends and damage. It may appear to take a bit longer to achieve your target length but you get their with healthier and more manageable hair.

I hope this guide has proved helpful to you in setting up your own haircutting schedule and has avoided the urge to want to pull your hair out. Thinking about it?
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