I Haven't Cut My Hair in YearsIs that Really so Bad?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Josh explains: “Can regular trims keep your ends clean? Yes. If you feel your hair looks damaged or broken at the ends, I’d recommend a cut every six weeks. But some girls can go for more than six months no problem.”

If you have a high-maintenance hairstyle like bangs or a super-short cut that needs to be shaped—trim every three to four weeks.

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And then he got to the good stuff (i.e. the answers I wanted to hear). Josh explains, “No, trims are not going to make your hair grow faster. It keeps the ends clean, but it doesn't accelerate growth at the root. The misconception grows from the idea that trims remove damage and breakage at the end, but, honestly, if you’re suffering from a lot of breakage, you’re probably coloring, heat-styling, or just living a lifestyle that is prone to that kind of damage. You’re going to need to ease up on those if you want to break the cycle.”

Check. I’ve been wearing my hair naturally curly for about a year now, but give up my precious highlights? That’s a decision I’m just not ready to make. So, in that case, Josh recommends vitamins and clean living. “Drink water, eat healthy, and lay off the heat tools.”

But, he adds, what may happen from going a long time without a cut is that your ends will become uneven and your damage will be far more noticeable. “Think about how often you color and style your hair,” Josh explains, “the ends have been exposed to that hundreds more times than your roots have.”

In the end, of course you should cut your hair to maintain healthy strands, but you can go a few more months if you’re trying to grow it out. During that time, Josh suggests “deep conditioners will help provide the conditioning that dry hair needs. John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner ($7) is a great option. When you can, try to refrain from heat styling and color processing (lightening, specifically).”

Looking for more advice from your favorite celeb stylists? Learn the easy trick Jen Atkin taught me for cool-girl hair.

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