Another Reason To Hold Off Trimming: Lead Hair Theory

Trimming hair in a ponytailI've mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of regular trims or the idea of trimming for accelerated growth. Certainly it seems to work for some people in the sense that they get plenty of growth anyway so that whatever they cut off is much less than what they grow. More power you if you are that person.

For me and lots of other women however, our growth rate is on average 4-5 inches per year. With such slow growth, it would be plain silly to trim length unnecessarily every month. If the ends have splits, knots or you are just trying to keep your hair at a certain length then trimming is certainly prudent otherwise I've always thought that it's a waste of time, and hair!


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I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Naomi Summage

I haven’t trimmed my daughter hair yet. Or never trimmed mine

Ms Moneyca

I get mine trimmed and it still grows. I just rather have even hair.

Kim Shane

Yes the best ! I performed this style cut for my foster sister at mas house to thicken her inner self and hair she so mad like snip your done i said yes now get out of here lol.

Erica Kelly

I get mine trimmed but certainly not every six or eight weeks. More like every three or four months. No way would I wait until it looks like the picture. My hair has always been long.

Rielle Cristina

I agree, don’t trim unless your hair is damaged/ splitting. Every single hair on your head has it’s own growth phase and even grows at different rates, so they’ll either shed or catch up. I trim regularly but only ⅛ of an inch every 4 months because hair can start splitting before you see it. It helps me to retain length, but everyone’s hair is different.

Regina Williams

is it true as you get older in your late 50’s, strands of hair come out when i comb my hair, it was thick but seems as if it is trying to thin out, it is also long…i would apprieciate your advice for me…thank you

Rielle Cristina

Try doing black tea rinses then deep conditioning. Also, you should try using the non scented garlic shampoo and conditioner, or garlic hair rinses. Make sure you massage the tea or garlic into your scalp.

Regina Williams

thank you i willl write that down….everyone tell me why but i lilke you advice

Regina Williams

do i just by black tea…and should i grease my scalp

Regina Williams

i got it sorry ok…thank you

Rielle Cristina

Black tea and garlic blocks the hormone DHT which causes hair loss. You can use normal tea from the store… You shouldn’t oil your scalp until afterwards because it can block your pores.

Nicole Hudson Wingard

This is something I needed to know being natural

Dewanda LovingLife

Glad I read this…my hair was past bra strap length…ends looked thin then I did a blunt cut…4 inches later same thing..so I will not trim this time….Thank you.

Jody A. Forbes-Sheppard

I trim but maybe I should spread it out more.

Nicole Brownie

When i had long hair I always keep my ends greased to prevent splitting for a while. And I’ll cut my ends every 6 months .

Deondra Davis

I trim every half a year and my hair grows 6in a year, I think you should trim according to what works for you.

Antoinette Harding

the longer you wait the more you end up cutting off….

LaToya C.

Thank u!! Someone with good sense!! It’s not always about being a “scissor happy stylist” sometimes ppl just let it go so long it gets horrible

Chelsea Crouch

I trim my ends once every year, if that. My hair is growing just fine and it doesnt break unless I use heat which is a no no either way

Tawanda Boone-Shuford

Same here! #growit

Beth Renee

I trim by how thin or rough my ends looks to me at the time. Been natural for approx 2 years and only trimmed twice

Arlene Weekes

This is a good read! I can’t stand scissor happy stylist who always want to cut!

Eletha Owens

Amen, Arlene! Preach!

Jazzy Jae Lewis

I only trim when I need it. About every 3 months or so for me.

Shari Hill

….smh

Satarra Thrower-Jones

I use a sealer on my ends so now it doesn’t need trimmed as much.

Tee Jones

Doesn’t the hairs ends naturally begin to split after about 6 weeks because of the washing, combing, wrapping, twisting and stuff. 6 to 8 week trim has always kept my hair looking healthy and growing lengthy. I hate seeing people with straggling ends. Looks bad and like they desperate to keep hair that needs to be cut. Lolol

Tassanee Clark

I just trimmed my hair this is the second time since I bc in 2011. I only trim when I have visibly split ends and my hair frizzes into a puff when styled or my curl pattern is lost. Then I only clip the dead ends and rinse to get rid of loose hair.

Tassanee Clark

I black tea and grease my scalp

Darleen Rankin Dorsey

What sealer do you use Satarra Thrower-Jones

Wendy Jean-Louis

When I used to have a perm I trimmed every time it permed every 3-4 months. Never had a split end or hair like that picture. Plus I would never have mine looking like that I rather have mine look thick and even

Kim Merritt

I trim my hair at least every 2 months, or if my ends look split, just like my mother did when I was younger…maybe its my hair type but it makes my hair grow longer quicker…but ppl have to do what works best from them…

Caramel Kimmie

I trim every 6 months twice out of a year

Alexandrine Princivil

It’s real tea

Darleen Rankin Dorsey

Regular black tea that you drink

Darleen Rankin Dorsey

Oh ok thanks

Donna Ledet

How u wash your hair with the black tea my hair is over process and its stays dry and breaking I take vitamins my hair grows but break s easily and stays dry since I put a different kind of perm ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATE!

Amanda DGurl Bryant

No heat? Not even blow dry….

Amanda DGurl Bryant

I noticed in the Winter my hair is really dry and begins to break

Teyara Smith

I rarely trim and my hair has been growing just fine.

Terri Brewer

Can any one tell me about alopeacia hair loss Any Help GreatlyAppreciate thanks

Starlan Hoke

It a new moon this is when you trim it to grow a Indian thing check famer book

Leila Davis

Uhm no you can oil your scalp as much as needed but in this case with only certain oils. Most oils only sit on the hair, except for a few. Coconut, olive and avocado are penetrating oils that absorb into your hair follicles.

Pascale Coq-Lamarre

Starlan hoke…my grandmother has always cut her hair with the new moon, she had long curly hair, my sister does the same and she is waist length

Vanessa Duncan

I don’t think it take that much to trim to make your hair grow properly!

Connie Hale

Since I’m transitioning to natural. My beautician trims two inches, every two to three months. My ends looks so much more healthier!

Jacqueline Loggins

This is my first time hearing about this theory and I completely agree.

Calvin Antwine

When. I coming up my mom would just trim the small end by the times in the almanac..She hadd the the long wavy sruff..

Shalanda Shelli Chargois-Hebert

Cassandra Brooks interesting point.

Cleopatra Jones Best

I think as long as you keep heat to a minimum and keep your ends moisturized & sealed daily your hair should be ok and not need to trim as often especially if your doing a deep moisturizer conditioner and monthly protein treatments then you may only need to do a trim 2 or 3 times a year.

Cleopatra Jones Best

and of course we all have different hair types and different hair texture so finding the right products that work for you is also a bonus and help retain length.

Cree Doomes

I disagree

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caribgirl

I totally agree with this! i’ve been practicing this since I began my hair journey in 2007 as a relaxed head and now as a natural. Also search and destroy is appropriate but if one does not wear straight styles very often, there is no need for esthetic cuts. Trimming does not accelerate growth but protecting the ends and maintaining search and destroy trims help retain length.

Crystal Dawson Turner

Just got my hair trimmed for the first time in years and she did her thing hair looks and fills great

Erica Baht Yisrael Tyo

I get the theory but when an end splits, that split will work it’s way up & cause breakage, if u cut that split less chance of breakage. If u never trim/ cut it, it will just continue to break off.

Ashley Iainttakinnoshit Plummer

I agree with this article. its not necessary. but some don’t see it that way. stuck in their ways I guess.

Jovanne Lovesomeme Harper

To each it’s own and their hair!

Aye S Farier-Martinez

I don’t blow dry my hair, I flat iron occasionally once a month, I relax my hair twice a year and I trim stopped trimming my hair. It doesn’t matter if you trim your ends or not it’s how you take care of it will determine if it breaks a lot, a little or barely.