Having healthy and attractive hair involves a certain amount of time spent in the salon. If you colour or chemically treat your hair in any way, you will need frequent appointments in order to maintain your style. What you do to your hair also dictates how frequently you may need a haircut. Cutting your hair is an important part of hair maintenance and should not be put off or forgotten. How frequently you cut your hair depends on a number of different factors.
Let’s explore a few examples.
Chemically Treated Hair
You will notice that once you start treating your hair with colour or any desired look that requires chemical treatment, you will need to up your frequency of haircuts. Although your stylist is the most qualified person to treat your hair, that doesn’t mean that chemicals are the healthiest choice for your hair. Chemicals damage your hair which can lead to more frequent trims to maintain health and minimize breakage. Since many hairstyles cannot be achieved without some use of chemicals it has become very regular practice in the hair world. Just be sure to treat your hair properly once the treatment is complete.
If you have long hair, or medium-length hair and wish it to be long, your stylist will recommend that you visit them every 8-12 weeks for a trim. This process is important to maintaining the health of your long locks. Long hair is susceptible to split ends which if left untreated will damage your hair and possibly cause you to lose valuable length. If you have excessive breakage or split ends your stylist may recommend a slight trim every 8-12 weeks in order to stay on top of the problem.
If you have a length that you love and want to maintain, it’s important to have frequent haircuts. Hair can grow about half an inch in a four-week time frame so if your style is perfect the way it is, schedule appointments every 6-8 weeks to maintain your existing look.
Your End Goal
If you want to grow out your hair and ultimately end up with long hair, it may not be intuitive to go for frequent hair trims. However this is the time when it’s especially important to get frequent trims! In order for hair to grow long and healthy, the dead and split ends need to be removed. Advise your stylist of your hair growth goals and they will tell you what the frequency of your visits should be in order to achieve your goals.
No matter what way you look at it, haircuts are important for overall hair health. Don’t delay in scheduling your next appointment with your stylist and cause your hair to suffer for it!
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.