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3 Signs You Need a Hair Trim

trims vs. haircuts

 @lisanicolejames

One of the last things a woman who is trying to grow longer hair wants to hear is that she needs to trim or cut her ends. It defeats the purpose of growing long hair, right? While the initial service can be painful and discouraging, when you trim away old ends which are doing nothing for your style, you make way for healthy, stronger hair.

Still not convinced? Think about it this way: is it better to have long hair with ragged, stringy ends or shorter hair that's healthy all over?

These three signs that you need a hair trim may help you the next time you're reluctant to let go of any precious inches. Read on to learn exactly how to tell when you need a hair trim, as well as some expert-approved tips on how to prolong your haircut.

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Trim vs. Haircut: What’s the Difference?

As much as we may want one, there is no magic cure that will truly repair split ends. All you can do is prolong the inevitable, which is a trim or cut. While there are products on the market designed to temporarily hold your ends together in the meantime, the longer you wait to rid your hair of these unsightly ends, the higher the likelihood that split ends will turn into split hair strands that are even more damaged. Take a look at the ends of your hair; splits are easy to spot. Instead of a single hair strand that's intact all the way to the end, a split end looks just like that: two separate strands of hair at the bottom of the hair shaft, sticking away from one another, forming a V shape. As hard as it may be to say "adios" to those damaged parts, do it for the health of your hair.

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Signs You Need a Trim

Maybe you flat ironed your hair with temperatures that were too high. Or you applied an at-home hair color that left your hair in sad shape. You may also experience ends that tangle incredibly easy, making it difficult to comb all the way through. If you look at them closely, you may see small knots.

Regularly deep conditioning can help prevent extreme dryness, which leads to split ends, and eventually breakage.

However your hair becomes damaged, this compromised hair needs to be removed. Oftentimes, you can tell your tresses are damaged because they:​

  • Lack elasticity
  • Are very porous
  • Break off with ease
  • Are crunchy and hard

If you've fallen victim to unhealthy practices that have left your hair damaged, there's usually little you can do except to start from scratch, with a trim or cut.

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How Long Can You Go Between Trims?

Your hair may be perfectly healthy, but you've noticed that your style isn't as fresh as it used to be. You experience a lot of flyaway strands or you have to put more time in to get your 'do just right. This is another sign it may be time for a trim. The longer your hair grows, the more it gets pulled down due to its own weight. While this is good news for anyone who wants her hair to hang gracefully, it's not so good if you like gravity-defying styles that feature details such as flipped bangs and choppy layers. Make regular trim appointments with your stylist so that your 'do is always on point.

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How to Prolong Your Haircut

Rather than getting a trim every six to eight weeks for your hair's sake, you can prolong your most recent cut with some simple steps. Using the right products for your hair type are a given, and this includes your shampoo and conditioner. As hairstylist Tina Dizon tells us, avoiding tight hairstyles is a clear way to avoid breakage and prolong a trim. “The tighter the style, the more likely you’ll pull or break the hair from the root.” The same goes for when your hair is wet—do not pick it up.

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