How Often Do you Need a Haircut: The Ultimate Guide to Hair Maintenance
Have you ever heard that cutting your hair more often stimulates growth? Well, unfortunately, this is most definitely a myth. Cutting your hair too often is not going to help you grow out your hair, just as cutting it too seldom may have some seriously detrimental impacts to the health of your mane. Cutting your hair regularly has its benefits, even for those who are desperate for longer locks and when done according to a few key salon secrets, your hair can be the healthiest yet.
Cutting hair regularly keeps your hair hydrated, happy and it ensures that split ends don’t get out of hand. Generally speaking, a cut every 6-8 weeks is a good place to start but you may be surprised to learn that your specific hair may need more or less time between the chop. Depending on your style, colour and type, you may need to visit the salon more often or you may have the luxury of waiting a little longer between visits.
If you have bangs or short hair, it is no surprise that you need to be at the salon more frequently. Keeping your style looking perfectly coiffed takes a little more work and more frequent haircuts. Short hair and those with bangs should have their haircut every 2-4 weeks.Those with medium-length hair can get away with waiting 6-8 weeks and those with long hair and layers can go as long as three months between cuts.
Length of your hair is not the only determining factor. After all thick, coarse hair is a lot more durable than thin hair which requires more regular cutting to ensure that is does not get exceedingly damaged. The thicker your hair, the more likely you are to be able to wait between cuts, especially if you have long, relatively straight and thick, course texture. If you have thin hair, the risk of damage is so much greater and thus, regular cuts to maintain body and health is key.
What about curls? We know that curls take a lot longer to appear longer. Those ringlets can feel like they are growing at a snail’s pace. As a result, those with curls may want to hold back a little before booking haircuts too regularly.
COLOUR & STYLE
Do you colour your hair or use heat to style it regularly? Every time we colour our hair we are, inevitably causing a bit of damage. Chemical processes can be incredibly drying causing split ends to appear far more rapidly. Flat irons, curlings irons and hair blowers are also going to increase the amount of damage your hair receives. So if you are doing the damage, it does need to be undone by booking a salon visit every 6 weeks.
Keeping your hair healthy between salon visits is relatively easy. There are plenty of products which encourage moisture, control damage and frizz and reduce breakage. These are our favourite products.
Restore is the ultimate renewing, repairing and restoring treatment.
“Our potent, cleansing and repairing treatment is bursting with the goodness of powerful superfood proteins and fruit enzymes that work to naturally bind moisture to help reconstruct damaged hair. With the help of amino acids, the building blocks of repair, RE.STORE helps to rebuild and restore hair’s elasticity strength and moisture levels.”
Staying Alive is Kevin Murphy’s super powered, leave-in, oil-free treatment, that instantly helps repair damaged or colour-treated hair.
“Enriched with silk proteins to help smooth and repair damage, and packed with antioxidants, this weightless mist of goodness promotes elasticity in the hair and helps overcome dryness, while teasing its way through tangles with ease.”
Young again products are weightless treatments oil from the Rejuvenate regimen.
“Infused with Immortelle to help counteract oxidation and therefore the ageing process, our intensely nurturing treatment oil delivers deep conditioning benefits that leave hair feeling soft and smooth with an overall boost to shine. Use daily to fight the fight against dry, damaged, brittle hair and to provide protection against environmental stressors, and heat damage.”
Reconstruct is a conditioning treatment that has the power to repair extremely dry and damaged hair.
“Packed with vitamin C, plant-based squalane, vegetable protein and smoothing shea butter, Reconstruct helps restore moisture, build collagen and add elasticity to dry, damaged hair, leaving it feeling softer, shinier, smoother and more radiant.”
AG - Vitamin C Repair Regimen
The ultimate collection of repairing, revitalizing and strengthening hair products, this Repair Regimen will help to fight back against regular damage from the environment heat and colour.
“AG’s Repair collection helps hair feel it’s best. Vegan keratin, vitamin C and plant-based squalane help counteract the daily stresses of life. Each product not only helps strengthen the hair cuticle but also nourishes and protects against future damage.”
The Regimen includes: