I’m sure if you’re a girl, and maybe even a guy, you’ve been told that getting a trim will help make your hair grow fast and longer. I’ve been told it before and have even told people that advice. Is it even true?
If you logically think about it, how does cutting off the end of your hair enable the hair in your roots to grow? Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist who studies hair and scalp health, says it is not true. The only thing that determines hair growth is your genetics. Some other factors in hair growth are dietary habits, endocrine function, thyroid function, and your general health.
Even though cutting your hair doesn’t necessarily make it grow, it’s still good to try to get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. Phillips describes how a trim will give your hair a healthier appearance, and stop split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and causing further damage. She also explains how frequent trims can lead to a net gain of four inches of hair every year. Your hair grows half an inch every month, so cutting off a quarter inch every six to eight weeks can lead to a healthier hair gain.
Women’s Health Magazine also states that skipping washes can be good for your hair too. Washing your hair too often can strip your scalp of natural oils that promote hair growth. They recommend using dry shampoos between washes. Also, when you do wash your hair, its important to massage the scalp for about three minutes.Paying close attention to the hair follicles in the scalp can stimulate them and help with hair growth.
While cutting your hair to make it grow faster is a myth, regular trims can help with hair gain. You will have healthier ends as your hair grows, which results in less cuts up to five inches from damage. There are also a number of ways you can help your hair grow stronger, if you pay close attention to your hair health.