Haircut and trims vary depending on the style and texture of your hair. This article with information on how often you should cut your hair based on your own hairstyle comes from Allure.
How do you know when it’s time for a haircut? Is it when your hair gets too dry or when you start getting knots and split ends? Lots of us have heard we should go every six to eight weeks, but one rule can’t possibly apply to all hair textures and lengths.
Here’s how to know when it’s really, truly time for a trim.
For curlier or kinkier textures, the general rule of thumb is quarterly haircuts. That’s about the time it takes to get single-strand knots or split ends. If you want to preserve or grow out your length, ask your stylist to remove a quarter inch or less at each visit. This will ensure there’s always more growth than the amount you’re cutting.
Another great thing about being a young person? Their unprocessed hair is basically the healthiest it will ever be. If your hair has never been colored and you haven’t yet exposed it to the rigors of frequent hot-tool usage, you can go up to three months between trims without any risk of looking frayed.
If you treat your long, uniform-length hair like your skin – moisturizing with masks, minimizing heat damage – you can wait 8 to 12 weeks until your next cut. The style doesn’t have specific shape that requires frequent maintenance, and if it’s properly cared for your hair shouldn’t split or break too quickly.
Many people with curls tend to be vigilant about keeping their hair hydrated which keeps strands healthy. Two or three months is a safe break between cuts. Those with spirals on the finer side should keep the rotation closer to eight weeks. Too much length can make thing curls look stringy and stretched.
Ironically, this is the only category hairstylist usually suggest for the prevailing 6 to 8 week rule. It’s long enough to let your hair grow for length and short enough to keep face-framing pieces in place.
Week one: Layers have a textured, piecey look. Week four: Layers have a lived-in sexy-rough look. Week eight: Layers have a wonky and ragged look. Heavily cut styles with lots of layers require six weeks to keep the lengths fresh.
Clean, sharp lines grow out nicely, so geometric or A-line bobs without any nape graduation can go six weeks. Those cuts don’t tend to have layers in the crown that will lose their fullness.
Fine hair can be a fickle pain in the ass. You can go weeks with it looking pretty great, and then one day it suddenly falls limp. The challenge with fine hair is that it needs to be constantly reshaped without cutting too much off.
Bowl, pixie, disconnected undercut – whatever you’ve got, growth will start to dilute the style, so it needs a trim every four weeks. That may seem like a big salon commitment, but a monthly appointment is usually easier to schedule and plan for than in-between timing, like six or ten weeks.
The bad news is there’s no way to undo the damage from chemical processing, coloring, or heat styling. The good news is regular monthly cuts will gradually phase out the busted hair while still allowing enough time for healthy roots to grow in.
If your bangs are more of the side-swept, wispy variety, you can probably stretch out your trims a little longer. But strong, blunt, heavy, straight: If any of these words describe your fringe, a quick pruning every other week will keep the look tight.
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