When To Cut Hair For Growth: Does Timing Matter?
If your goal is to attain the healthiest hair possible, getting routine trims is likely a part of your regimen. But maybe you've heard people claim that when you cut your hair affects growth. Is this true? And if so, when is the best time to cut your hair for growth?
People often say that trimming your hair to make it longer is only a myth. But there is some truth to it. And while the jury is still out, there is reason to believe timing matters more than you think.
Before we can talk about the best time to cut your hair, let's first discuss getting routine trim to encourage hair growth.
Does Cutting Your Hair Really Encourage Hair Growth?
First and foremost, does cutting your hair really encourage hair growth? Yes, but not necessarily in the way you may think. It's not like trimming your hair necessarily signals to the hair follicles to start pushing new growth.
Rather, these routine trims eliminate split ends that might be slowing your usual growth. You see, when we have split ends, our hair strands aren't the only afflicted party. Split ends can also damage our hair roots themselves!
When our roots are damaged, it takes longer for our hair follicles to grow new hairs. As such, our hair growth process is slower than usual. By going for regular trims, you get rid of any split ends and hair damage that might be slowing growth.
Other than getting rid of split ends, cutting your hair can also get rid of frizziness and tangles. This not only makes your hair look healthier and more well-kept, it actually does make your hair healthy. So if you want healthy hair, you should definitely set yourself up for some regular trims.
But when is the best time to cut your hair?
When Should I Cut My Hair For Growth?
There are several deciding factors for when you should cut your hair to encourage growth. One of the main deciding factors is your hair type. But as a general rule of thumb, you'll know it's time to get a trim if you start noticing these two things:
- You can no longer achieve the look you want
- You notice broken or damaged hair
If you're not sure how to tell whether your hair is broken, don't worry. We've written a complete guide on new hair growth vs hair breakage in our blog.
Cutting Your Hair Based On Hair Type
Depending on your hair type and the look you're going for, you may have to time your trims more often (or less often). Here's our advice on when you should cut your hair based on your hair type:
Short hair often needs more maintenance than medium to long hair. This sounds counterintuive, as there is less hair to manage. But this is because it starts looking off when it gets to a certain length. To keep your short hair looking sleek and polished, you might have to get a trim every three to seven weeks.
Medium-length hair doesn't need to be trimmed that often. Three to four times a year is enough to manage medium-length hair. This helps get rid of any split ends and keeps your hair looking fresh throughout the year.
If your hair is past your shoulders, then it's considered long. Because long hair is mainly made up of old hair, it can be more fragile and prone to breakage. Maintain healthy-looking, long luscious locks by getting a trim once a month or every other month.
Curly hair can easily become unruly if you aren't getting trims regularly. Keep your curly hair looking bouncy and soft instead of dry and frizzy by getting a trim every six to 12 weeks. Moisturizing your hair regularly can also help manage curly hair better.
Colored hair tends to be more damaged than natural hair because of all the harsh chemicals you've applied. Your hair can end up looking incredibly dry and unhealthy, which honestly isn't the best look. If you want to keep dyeing your hair without it getting damaged we suggest getting a trim every eight weeks.
Cutting Your Hair Based On The Lunar Cycle
For those who believe in astrology, following the lunar cycle or a lunar hair chart is one of the best ways to schedule when to cut your hair. It's believed that by following the lunar calendar you will be able to achieve a fuller and healthier set of hair. Of all the phases of the moon, they say that the best time to cut your hair is during a full moon.
A full moon occurs every 29.5 days—so let's just say every month. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice are also said to be some of the prime dates for hair cutting.
There really isn't any legitimate scientific evidence for cutting your hair during the lunar cycle. But we did write an article about how seasonality can affect your hair growth. If you're curious to learn more about it, make sure to take a look.
What Else Can You Do To Promote Growth?
There are several things you can do to promote hair growth aside from getting frequent trims. We've listed down some of our top tips for promoting growth below:
Our hair requires tons of nutrition to keep growing. If you have any nutritional deficiencies, you might have trouble growing new hair, and you might even experience hair loss. Having a balanced diet and eating meals full of nutritious food, such as protein, can help promote growth and achieve healthier hair. You'll even improve your overall health. For a list of top foods that promote hair growth, check out our guide.
If you can't get all the nutrition you need from your meals, taking vitamins and supplements can definitely help. Iron, zinc, biotin, omega-3, and vitamins C, A, and E are some of the most important nutrients for good hair health. Take these supplements and vitamins every single day and watch your hair become stronger, shinier, and healthier.
Avoid Over Styling
If you like to style your hair a lot, you might want to give it a rest. Over-styling, such as the excessive use of straightening irons, curlers, rollers, and other chemical treatments, may be causing damage to your hair. Super tight updos and braids can also damage your hair. Give your hair a break from styling at least once or twice a week and let your natural hair shine—you won't regret it.
Aside from physical stress caused by over styling, psychological stress can also play a part in your hair's health. Stress is known to cause temporary hair loss and is even connected to alopecia areata—a disease that causes our immune system to attack and destroy our hair follicles. So if you want healthier hair, you better make sure that you're managing stress well.
Use Hair Serums
Hair serums packed with essential hair nutrients, vitamins, and minerals should be part of your regular hair care routine. Make sure to get serums that only use natural and organic ingredients. There are tons of brands selling hair serums that have chemicals and other synthetic additives in them, which can do more harm than good to your hair.
For an all-natural and organic hair serum—look no further than Allurium Beauty.
Keep Your Hair Follicles Healthy With Allurium Hair Growth Serum
Our goal is to help Black women feel comfortable and confident with their natural hair. And to achieve beautiful natural hair, you need natural ingredients delivered right to your scalp. That's why we created the Allurium Hair Growth Serum. This has come to be regarded as one of the top African American hair growth products on the market. It was specially formulated for black hair, too.
Our serum is made from 100% organic ingredients. It is packed with all the essential vitamins and nutrients that are needed for encouraging hair growth.
Each bottle of our serum contains the following ingredients:
- coconut oil
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- carrot oil
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- tea tree
- stinging nettle
- mustard seed
- sesame oil
- argon aloe
- garlic seed
- onion seed
- almond oil
- chili oil
- olive oil
- ginkgo biloba
- black tea
- ginger root oil
As you can see, we use zero chemicals, zero synthetic additives— just natural ingredients and ancient herbs. These have been used to encourage healthy hair for thousands of years. You can find hundreds of client success stories on our website. They've fallen in love with our serum after seeing how effective it is, and so will you. Get your own bottle today!