Notice the length of each area. Are some areas shorter than others? This indicates a need for a trim. If any areas are much shorter than the surrounding hair, this is a sign of extreme damage.
These areas should be also noted. If the hair is showing areas where extreme damage is present, the areas must be treated with an intense protein treatment to preserve the remaining hair. Most hairdressers would advise cutting the hair so that the shorter area is less noticeable.
Please note that professionals define “trim” differently from what you would consider a trim. Always ask how much they suggest that you have cut before agreeing to a salon trim!
I have heard so many horror stories some even say two inches but cut off four inches! Never assume that you and the professional are one the same page, ask him or her to show you how much prior to cutting.
If you have a lot of damage you might need to do a big chop and close monitoring and treatment of the damaged areas regularly while keeping a note of the area’s progress.
Strong hair grows! The area may not grow fast enough to catch up with the longer areas but gradually trimming the longer hair from time to time will allow the hair to even out.
Protective styles that can effectively camouflage the area are favored by clients not wanting to cut all of their hair off evenly.
Test the elasticity of the hair by lightly extending the hair to full length. Do you notice any breaking or strands popping? As suggested above, protein treatments can rebuild the hair’s strength with consistent use. Weak hair is very fragile and should be treated with care at all times.
Consider finger detangling or apply a detangler/ leave in to the hair prior to combing. Always use a wide tooth comb(affiliate link) and comb from the ends up the hairs shaft.
Low manipulation or protective styling is imperative to rebuilding the hair’s strength. When styling the hair, avoid using tension that can cause breakage at the root or along the hair shaft. Those with fine hair must use considerable care when doing two strand twists; the tension used to make a uniform twist can cause breakage.
Consider evaluating your hair frequently so that you can begin treating areas of concern immediately. If you prefer to routinely visit a salon, evaluating your hair between salon visits will ensure your hair is getting the best care!
In the final analysis, we believe consistent evaluation is beneficial to your hair’s length and as we always say, with health comes length.