Cut Your Hair For Optimal Hair Health | Salon Secret Africa

Breakage and Damaged Hair

How often should you cut your hair for optimal hair health?

03 October 2018
blonde being cut
Salon Secret

Salon Secret

The online destination for all things hair.

The site showcases stylists’ professional expertise and promotes the latest industry innovations. Through smart, conversational content, Salon Secret brings stylists to their clients in a new way.

You know you’re in desperate need of a haircut when your ends resemble scraggly spaghetti and your parched mane is practically begging for a long drink of water. Your style has fallen flat, your hair lacks shine, it gets knotty all the time – there are loads of tell-tale signs. Frequent trimmings can prevent your hair from reaching emergency status, but how often you head to the salon depends on the natural texture, length and condition of your hair. 

If you’re rocking an afro…

Aim to trim those tight, coarse curls every 12 weeks to reduce knots and split ends. Curlier and kinkier textures can get away with less frequent cuts (because those types of strands tend to be more resilient to breakage), but be sure to feed your hair with moisture between trims to prevent dryness. Try Mizani H20 Intense Strengthening Night-time Treatment
mzanzi hair creams

If you have fine or medium curls…

Like having a ‘fro, your hair is usually on the healthier side of things because curly-haired gals prioritise hydration, which means two to three months is a suitable amount of time between trims. To stop spirals from looking stringy and stretched out, be sure to book an appointment with your hairdresser every eight weeks or so. 

If your strands are fine and/or fragile… 

Fine hair is tricky to manage because it requires frequent reshaping - without cutting off too much length. It tends to look limp and lifeless when a trim is needed, which is usually every four to six weeks. Similarly, if you colour your hair often or consider your straightener your BFF, regular monthly trims will help phase out any damage and leave your hair looking healthier in the long run. If you happen to have severely damaged hair, Redken Extreme CAT Protein Treatment will do wonders to reconstruct it.
redken hair shampoo

If you have a short style…


Trendy, shorter ‘dos like lobs, bobs and pixie cuts require trims every three to four weeks to keep them looking clean-cut and polished. Hair usually grows roughly one centimetre per month, so getting lazy and not visiting your salon will result in a dilution of your style after about eight weeks. As a side note, bangs and fringes also require regular maintenance. 

If you have Rapunzel-like length… 

Chances are, you treat your hair like your crowning glory. If this is the case, you can easily go two to three months without getting a cut. However, twelve weeks is pushing it. If you think your hair is looking less fresh than usual, it’s time for a trim. If you have layers, consider visiting your hairdresser sooner rather than later as these need to be touched up more often.The irony is that regular haircuts actually encourage hair growth by getting rid of any damaged, broken or split ends, resulting in healthier, more lustrous hair in the long run! What’s not to love?
I like this article
Be the first to like this article

Oops, something went wrong! Please try again later...

More to discover

No more tangles
14 November 2018

No more tangles – How to best brush your extensions

Tired of the tangles? Learn about the right brushing technique and best products to care for your hair extensions.

hair treatment
17 August 2018

How often can I dye my hair? An expert answers

When should you consider delaying that next colouring session?

Why you are going grey and what you can do about it
05 March 2018

White Out! Why You’re Going Grey And What You Can Do About It

Fortunately, times have changed and going grey isn’t as bad as you may think. In fact, there’s a whole silver hair trend popularising grey as a hair colour for women of all ages and ethnicities.

Salon Locator

Salon Locator

Find your nearest hairdresser on our Salon Locator and experience the latest hair trends and techniques by the best hair experts. Visit a salon and benefit from their professional tips, which include all regimens to maintain and prolong your hair look at home. It's time to get pampered!


Cookies

We use cookies to give you the best user experience and personalisation on our site and third party sites. By continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, see our Cookies Policy.

X