While most of my girlfriends shudder at the thought of cutting their hair, I absolutely love it! The only reason I am not at my hair salon every month chopping off some locks, is simply because I can’t afford to cut my hair monthly, but if I could, I totally would!

For most women, their hair is their security blanket, and thus they avoid cutting their hair until it splits or grows out and looks absolutely terrible, which doesn’t make much sense to me since their hair will grow back, after all, it’s not like you are permanently lasering it off or something right?

So here’s the thing, if you want healthy locks, it’s important to get regularly scheduled trims for the sake of your hair health. This also applies if you are trying to grow your hair or keep your hair long.

While haircuts don’t promote hair growth per se, they can help you grow your hair longer because they eliminate split ends. When you get a split end, it runs up the hair fibre like a laddered stocking. If you don’t snip it ASAP, the breakage will either snap the strand completely or travel all the way up to your roots. Either way, it will result in needing a shorter cut.

While there is no universal number for how often you should cut your hair, the rule of thumb is every six to 12 weeks. The exact number will vary depending on factors like heat styling and colour-treating, along with your hair shape, which might require more or less maintenance to upkeep. If you have virgin hair, you can probably get away with getting a haircut every 12 weeks. If you dye, heat style, or chemically process your hair frequently, you’ll likely have to halve that. 

Your hair’s texture can also affects how often you need to go in for a trim. Fine hair is more easily prone to breakage, while curly and textured tend to be drier.

A simple trim to remove the dead ends is all you need to keep a healthy head of hair. And if you are still worried about losing length, just factor in the fact that hair grows roughly half an inch each month, so you are not going to lose any noticeable length.