When Is It Time to Cut My Hair?

If you’re trying to grow your hair longer, the last thing you want to hear is that you’re due for a trim. But even trimming a few inches will make way for strong, healthy hair. Plus, no one thinks split ends are cute – and they’re much harder to style than healthy locks. Here, we present some telltale signs that it’s time to cut your hair.

You Have Split or Dead Ends

Please, for the love of everything good, say yes to a trim if you’re experiencing split or dead ends. This could be a sign that the cuticles are damaged. You may have difficulty brushing your hair, and tangling may happen more frequently. Both of these scenarios can damage your hair even more. If your ends appear lighter than the rest of your hair, that’s another sign it’s time for a trim. This can especially happen if you frequently use heat to style your hair.

Your Hair Is Limp

When your hair suffers from flat roots and zero bounce, it can be nearly impossible to style. If you’re experiencing this, sit in that chair and let a professional take the reins. Cutting the ends will liven up those locks and create more volume for the foreseeable future.

Your Hair Won’t Hold a Curl – or Stay Straight

Hot tools are meant to style your hair straight, wavy, or curly. But if you notice your hair not taking the shape it usually does, it’s likely because the dead ends are too long. Dead ends equal dry hair, and dry hair means no moisture. Moisture is necessary to create shape. Do the math, and you’ll come out with a simple solution: Trim your hair to regain moisture and start straightening or curling your hair once again (with a heat protectant first, of course!)

It’s Been Too Long

First things first: To maintain healthy hair, stylists suggest trimming it on average every six weeks to six months, depending on your hair type and length. If you go outside of that suggested time frame, it’s been too long. Sure, your hair may not appear damaged, but to keep up a healthy profile, it’s best to heed your hair stylist’s advice.

It’s Time for a Life Change

If you’re starting a new job, getting out of a bad relationship, or experiencing another life change, you may consider cutting your hair. We don’t know why, but sometimes having a new ’do can help us take on a new perspective or prepare us for a new chapter in our lives. And hey, if you don’t like the new look, it’s just hair; it’ll grow back. But please be mindful of why you want to cut your hair in the first place. But beware – experts warn that making a drastic hair change during times of trauma may be a distraction from coping with the root of the problem.


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