Is it Time to Trim Your Hair?
We know what you're thinking. Whether you're trying to grow your hair long, want to bounce back from damage or simply recently got your hair cut short, the thought of booking a trip to your hairstylist may not sound particularly appealing. Pretty sure we at Lydia are not the only ones who've had nightmares involving some random person snipping off all of that hard earned length. Trust us, that will get your heart racing!
The sad truth is that regular trims are actually quite important if you want to maintain healthy hair growth. That's because single strand knots and split ends, while looking harmless, can cause a lot more damage than you think and completely take you ten steps back in your journey.
To help you figure out how "regular" these regular trims need to be, we've set out 4 scenarios. See which one fits you best.
#1 Damaged Hair
Let's be clear. Damaged hair is more susceptible to breakage. And, unfortunately, there is no way to completely undo damage done to your hair from colouring, heat styling and other factors. You can however mask the damage temporarily, helping you to minimise breakage while the new growth comes in. This would include protein treatments, moisturising masks and air drying. But again, the damage is done. In order to slowly rid yourself of the damage and regain healthy hair, it's recommended you dust your ends every month. By dusting, we mean trim about a quarter inch to ensure your hair growth still makes up for the length lost at every trim. This will only work if you up your hair care game though. Otherwise, you might just have to shave the whole thing off and start from scratch and we don't want that!
#2 Long Hair
The longer your hair is, the older the ends are. Imagine, if on average hair grows about half an inch per month, it means that if your hair is shoulder length, the ends are about 2 years old. If your hair is bra strap length, they are even older. That's a lot of wear and tear. A lot of manipulation. A lot of exposure to environmental factors and very likely a lot of exposure to heat from your hair dryer and styling tools. We wouldn't be surprised that if you were to run your fingers through your hair right now, you'd feel your strands to be drier and rougher the closer you get to the ends. If maintaining your length is something that you really want, granted you're deep conditioning, keeping your ends protected, minimising heat, you can stretch your trims to max about every 3 months.
#3 Curly Hair
Curly hair is more challenging in terms of trimming. This is because getting the right amount of hair trimmed off might require you to straighten it and that is not ideal. There is also the dry cutting that cuts targeted sections of hair rather than the whole head of hair. Though note that while these may leave you "feeling yourself" while in its curly state, we wouldn't advise you to expect the same feeling if you straightened your hair afterwards. In any case, curly hair is more prone to getting tangled and getting knots. This makes your hair more prone to breakage as other strands are eventually going to get caught in those knots and snap during your detangling sessions. So if you want to keep your whole head of hair healthy, trimming your hair every 2-3 months will do the job. Do ensure you're just dusting the ends (cutting about quarter inch) to ensure you retain length.
#4 Short Hair
If you recently got your hair cut short, perhaps in a bob or a pixie cut, and can't get enough of it, it'll be safe to assume that growing your hair out might not be a priority to you. This is because any hair growth will be more noticeable in short hair than if your hair was longer. In addition, due to the lack of length, you'll likely be left with freshly grown hair strands that are, feel and look extremely healthy. What's better than that? In those circumstances, monthly trims will definitely keep you looking as fresh as ever. Cut bangs? Well, these require even more regular trims at every 2-3 weeks.
If your goal is to grow your hair out, the good thing about supplements like Lydia ® is that it can help you speed up your hair growth rate. This ensures that at every trim you're not compromising on length and are able to achieve healthier hair at 2-3x faster rate than normally. So why wait any longer? Start your journey now.
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