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How Often Do You Trim Your Hair?

By February 9, 2010 - 11:06am
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I've been trying to grow my hair out for as long as I can remember, but I have a hard time because it grows so slow and is so fragile, and while I want longer hair, I also want it to be healthy.

I usually go every 6 to 8 weeks to remove the dead ends, but maybe this is too often. Anyway, I was just wondering how often you trim your hair?

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(reply to Anonymous)

Do you own a juicer? Would you recommend it to others? This is something I would like to try, but I do not have a juicer and would not know where to start. Thanks for sharing all this great information!

February 11, 2010 - 12:31pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

This is certainly an interesting discussion. My experience has been that regular trimming grows more hair, and I agree with what Rosa Cabrera posted in her article.
Step 1. Cut ALL the damaged hair. This may be the hardest step for some of you, because it is difficult to let go of your hair...
Step 2. Trim your hair! Yes, even though you are trying to grow your hair, you should still trim it. By trim, I mean cut about half an inch once a month. The reason this is so important is because trimming it is essential in growing healthy hair. Any damages that may occur to your hair within the month need to go-- otherwise, the damage will continue to get worse over time.

In any case, I appreciate ALL of this the info, including the juicing tips, as I'm currently losing my hair due to chemo. It's not clumps or I'd just shave it off. It's hundreds of strands and thinning. I'm actively seeking solutions to just KEEP my hair. Fellow patients have successfully used hair vitamins and specific products. I'm trying these things and most likely will post information about them after giving them some time to work...or not work. :-)

February 11, 2010 - 9:38am
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I started juicing and my hair has started to grow in thicker. I think a lot of the health of the hair and skin has to do with getting enough enzymes. My hairdresser commented recently that I am growing a huge amount of new hairs! My hair is growing very fast and is getting thicker.
Try eating very healthily and invest in a juicer. it really is a amazing.

February 10, 2010 - 12:30pm
(reply to Anonymous)

How interesting, Anon! As you can tell, this is a thread of women with long hair who would like it longer, so we want all the details! Are you juicing all kinds of things? Or a few things in particular?

February 11, 2010 - 9:09am
(reply to Anonymous)

Interesting comments ladies. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

February 10, 2010 - 12:43pm


I'm in your corner. I've also been growing my hair out forever. My hair does NOT grow as fast as other people's hair. The "normal" rate of growth is said to be about a half inch a month, but I don't think mine grows that fast at all. (My sister's, on the other hand, grows about an inch a month, at least. And she doesn't get hers cut any more often than I do.)

I think one thing that makes a difference is what you do to your hair. I started noticing a difference in my length (after a long time) when I stopped drying it so often and using the curling/straightening iron less often. I figured if I have fewer damaged ends, I'll have less reason to trim it.

I probably only get my hair trimmed about twice a year, but when I go I REALLY need it. Ideally I would probably go every 3-4 months, like Alison's stylist suggests.

February 10, 2010 - 11:26am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

Hi Shannon - While it may seem odd, trimming your hair often will help it grow. You can find a lot of tips on growing out healthy, strong hair here:
Good luck! Pat

February 9, 2010 - 6:07pm

Hi Shannon,
I think it depends on so many factors, as you mentioned: type of hair, type of hair cut, if hair is damaged or healthy, etc.

My hair is very thick, and I usually go for a trim/hair cut when my hair style starts looking poor...I probably go every 4-6 months, but ideally would go every 3-4 months.

I asked my hairstylist how often I should get my hair cut, and she said every 3-4 months would be good.

Not sure if that helps or not?

February 9, 2010 - 1:06pm
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