In life, it’s always good to know when to let go—and this truth applies to our hair, too. One common pitfall that can stunt hair growth and health is the condition of your ends. If you are afraid to trim your hair for fear that it won’t grow back or believe that a little product can save your ends, you may want to reconsider that perspective.
We’ve heard the phrase “split ends” many times, but sometimes it’s hard to accept that cutting your hair is necessary for it to actually grow. Naturally, your ends will eventually unravel or begin to break. This is why if you do not address your ends, you’re really just putting a bandaid on a wound instead of treating it. There is no magic split end sealer or product that will take care of your ends like a good trim. With some proper TLC, your hair will look fuller, it will not break off as easily, and you will be making room for healthier hair to take the lead. Remembering these three key points can help you on your journey to saying goodbye to damaged ends.
If you find that your hair is not growing at the rate you were once used to, or it continues to break off, it’s time to face reality and get a trim. Nothing can stunt hair growth quite like damaged ends. A hairdresser can help you decide if you are in need of a trim, or just some better hairstyling techniques to ensure less wear and tear on your ends. The main point is to be honest with yourself about your situation—throwing your hair in a bun to hide your ends or curling it is not a realistic solution to achieving length.
Protect Your Ends for the Future
Once you get a good trim, take preventative measures to ensure that your ends are not damaged easily again. Easing off of heat for a week, committing to a deep conditioner, and sealing ends with oils such as coconut or jojoba are great ways to prevent breakage. The winter time is also a perfect opportunity to use protective styles or hats so that you are handling your hair less.
Get Regular Trims
Getting ends trimmed every 8-10 weeks can help promote hair growth. If you cringe every time a pair of scissors come toward your hair, just think: each snip is making room for healthier hair to replace those lingering, damaged ends. So let it go!