Spoiler: Trimming Your Hair Won’t Actually Help it to Grow

by Danielle Bennett
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Just about every woman I know wishes her hair would grow faster. 

If the goal is to transition to natural curls or recover from a bad haircut, then surely we understand that the growing-out process takes time. 

But, on the other hand, it really has an uncanny way of testing our patience. 

And while the desire to speed up hair growth is common, subscribing to one of the oldest beauty myths in the book will fail us every time: cutting your hair will not help it to grow faster.

Let’s separate fact from fiction:

Genetics determine the rate and length of natural hair growth.

Hair growth stems from the follicles on our scalps, not from the ends of our hair. 

So, snipping off the ends cannot affect how fast hair grows because it doesn’t alter the follicles up top. 

For example, if you are genetically predisposed to a maximum hair growth rate of six inches per year, shearing off your ends won’t accelerate it.

However, as counterintuitive as it sounds, trimming your hair actually promotes length retention

Trims remove ends that would otherwise split. If split ends aren’t manicured, they will travel up hair shafts. 

This eventually leads to breakage. And as a result, hair becomes thinner and shorter. 

In addition, trims add a balanced weight to the hair.  They make it appear longer and thicker. 

Sadly, hair-cutting scissors don’t possess magical powers, but this doesn’t make regular trims any less important. Book a trim today. 

You’re welcome. 🙂

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