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Here’s Exactly How Often You Should Get A Trim

When it comes to hair maintenance, all trims are not created equal.
20 Sep 2022
Hair trimming isn’t the most popular topic when it comes to haircare, but it’s one of the most important. Just when it seems that your hair is thriving and growing, pros say that it’s time to get a trim. And even though it may seem counterintuitive, regular trims are essential for healthy locks — and for curly hair trims are even more important. To give you the scoop on how often you should get a trim and how much to snip, keep reading.

Why are trims important?

You’ve heard it time and time again that skipping trims is a big no-no if you want to have healthy hair. But why are trims so important? Well, for starters, regular trims help to promote healthy hair growth. The ends of our hair are the oldest part of the hair shaft, so they tend to be the most fragile and, well, damaged. Keeping up with regular trims not only keeps breakage at bay, but it helps to eliminate split ends, too. If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of split ends, the answer is a trim.

Not to mention, trimming your hair makes it look healthier. Nothing ruins a good hair day faster than stringy, frizzy, dry ends. Bottom line: trimming keeps the healthy hair you want to keep growing long and strong and gets rid of the bit of hair that has lived a good life and is ready to be put to rest. When you look at it that way, trimming your hair doesn’t seem so bad afterall.

How do you know when it’s time for a trim?

In most cases, people say it’s best to get a trim every six-to-eight weeks, which is more often than a haircut, but this rule is not universal. There are a few telltale signs that you’re ready for your next trim and it’s best to spot them quickly to avoid any extensive damage to the hair.

Sign #1 That It’s Time For A Trim: Can I see that my ends are damaged?

While this may seem obvious, it’s often something we ignore and put on the backburner. If you can see that your ends don’t look as healthy as the rest of your hair, it’s time for a trim. Signs of this can be split ends, breakage, knots, and straggly pieces.

Sign #2 That It’s Time For A Trim: Can I feel that the ends of my hair are dry?

On some hair types, visibly damaged ends can be challenging to pinpoint. This is especially true for curly hair. But you can tell the health of your hair by touching it. If you run your fingers down the shaft of the hair and the ends have a different texture, schedule a trim. Another way to determine this is to compare brushing the length of your hair versus brushing the ends. If it feels different, a trim is likely needed.

To avoid dry ends, try applying a quarter-sized amount of the Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp and Hair Oil to ends before bed every night. The extra moisture will help to keep hands healthy, strong and moisturized.

Sign #3 That It’s Time For A Trim: Do I see split ends?

Split ends are pesky and never desirable. Snipping split ends early is key to avoiding a big chop to get rid of damaged strands. If you see a split end or two, you can easily take care of those yourself, but if you see five or more, it’s time for a routine trim appointment.

How much hair should you cut and how often?

Now that you know how to tell if you need a trim, here are a few tips for understanding how much to cut and how often to do it. In most cases, a standard trim is done every six-to-eight weeks and removes about a half-inch of hair. But if you’re looking for a more specific guide, keep reading below.

How often to trim short hair

Short hairstyles may require more routine trims to avoid sporting an overgrown style. If you’re rocking a pixie or crop cut, consider trimming your hair every 3-6 weeks. Since on average hair grows a half inch a month, opting for more frequent trims will help to maintain your short style in tip-top shape.

How often to trim medium-length hair

Medium-length hair can stick to more of a traditional trim schedule, as long as your hair is generally healthy. Stick to trimming every 3-4 months, unless you see signs (split ends, breakage, etc.) that say otherwise.

How often to trim long hair

If you take care of your long hair, you may find that you can go much longer in between trims than your short-to-medium length haired friends. This is especially true if you keep to a low-manipulation styling routine, including minimal heat and chemically-processing. If that sounds like you, sticking to trims every 12-15 weeks will suffice.

How often to trim curly hair

Curly hair can go longer in between trim sessions than those with straight hair. In most cases, this can be anywhere from 10-12 weeks. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your ends. Curly hair tends to knot and tangle easily which makes the ends of the hair very fragile and delicate. If knots are common with your hair type, choose a more frequent trim schedule like 6-8 weeks to avoid hair breakage.

In between trim sessions, be sure to apply regular deep hair treatments to keep the hair, ends included, properly moisturized. The Goddess Strength Repairing Cocoon Mask helps to minimize damage and repair dryness.

How often to trim chemically-processed or color-treated hair

Whether you religiously get highlights or can’t stay away from your favorite chemical straightening treatment, heat styling and dye jobs require more frequent trim sessions. Since both of these processes have the potential to cause damage to the hair, sticking to the six-to-eight week trim schedule is best. To keep it simple, each time you go to touch up your color or chemical treatment, ask for a routine trim.

Wondering how to trim your own hair?

Our best advice is to leave it to the pros.

How should you take care of your hair to go longer between trims?

If you have a solid haircare routine, you’re more likely to be able to stretch the time between trimps. Be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner like Monoi Repairing Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. And keep your hair super hydrated with something like Healthy Hair Butter — this will help stop split ends and breakage before it happens.

Ready for a full-on haircut? Check out the best haircuts for curly hair.

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