Have you ever wondered how cutting off the ends of your hair could stimulate growth at the roots? Us too! To little surprise, it turns out that this highly encouraged hair care tip is a myth! Yep, trimming your split ends every six to eight weeks like our hairdressers suggested won’t actually make your hair grow faster.
But why has this tip been so prevalent within the haircare industry for so many decades? We believe that people gathered this idea from two separate observations:
- When you trim your hair, it falls evenly across the bottom. This change in style creates the illusion that the hair is fuller and healthier. And we all know the #1 tip to grow longer hair - keep it healthy.
- When your hair is trimmed to an even length, new growth seems to be more noticeable, compared to straggly ends that are longer than others.
Whether or not you keep your ends, regardless of their appearance is totally up to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re hoping to grow longer hair and feel stressed over the idea of taking a pair of scissors to your strands every couple of months, it’s not entirely necessary - phew. However, if you’re opting against the frequent trim, do keep in mind that maintaining the health of your hair will be key. If not, you’ll quickly form split ends, which is where you’ll only benefit from a trip to the salon. When split ends form, they have the ability over time to split up the hair shaft. As the split strands work their way up towards the scalp, you’ll begin to experience an increase in hair breakage. Frequent hair breakage affects the overall quality of your hair, and can damage it in the long run (1).
So what can you do to promote quicker hair growth!?
Scalp massages: Increased circulation, aka blood flow, to the scalp is essential for optimal hair growth. In fact, this idea is why many believe that hair grows faster in warmer climates, since heat naturally induces circulation! Spend just 10-15 minutes a day massaging your scalp, and you’ll be amazed at the results - and the boost in relaxation!
Shampoo less frequently: It may take some time getting used to a less frequent wash routine, but it’ll be so worth it once you do! The oils that our scalp naturally produces are more beneficial than any product we can purchase. So, let your genetics give your hair the boost it deserves.
Take biotin: The oh-so popular B vitamin is a worldwide favorite for many reasons, with hair health being one of them! Biotin contributes to the production of keratin, which is the primary building block of hair, skin, and nails. Incorporate a proper amount of biotin into your diet and watch your hair transform before your eyes!
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