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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Amanda Holston

It does not matter with how long or short or how the wind blows your hair is going to grow like it is supposed to….I have fired and yes I say fired because they want to test or be behind that theory of not trimming their ends or use less heat….it depends on the environment you live in, the products you use and even your diet. I trim my 4 year Olds hair at least 2 months and when I do it is not even a quarter of an inch..and her hair growth accelerated by 2 inches and her hair is halfway down her back…people fail to realize to that scalp massages are a must and very helpful to hair growth.

Charita BeautyProfessional Nunery

good thing you are a blogger… there are always exceptions . I suggest your readers consult a professional that they trust and come to a agreement for a program that promotes hair growth and maintains hair integrity.

Tawanda Boone-Shuford

I only trim my hair once or twice a year. No need to cut my growth an progress off. My hair looks fine and is long. I learned about lead hairs from Chicoro’s book “Grow It”.

michelle harmon
michelle harmon

If I was to trim when it gets to the length I want how do I trim my ends? Does it depend in hair type? Wet or dry? Type of scissor?

Dayna Errythangyogirlaint Douglas

trimming your hair has nothing 2 do with the growth. ..hair grows from the root. ..at the scalp, ???? so trimming is not gonna help your hair grow. .but it will keep it healthy

Sian Cassidy

Yes but it sayssss “If the ends have splits, knots or you are just trying to keep your hair at a certain length then trimming is certainly prudent” …My ends splitting like crazy lol Nona Noortje Laumen

nilva de paula da costa
nilva de paula da costa

I am delighted with the results of treatment you guys realizam.Aminha question is how to find someone here in Brazil working with the same guys as perfeição.Tenho african hair, but not a virgin, a long time do relaxation with guanidine, the more my hair now is no longer accepting the products we use, like actually a very natural, smoother, treatment does not like curly, like it smooth with a natural appearance and are judiados qualidade.Meus hair because I can not hit someone who meets me, vei hair treated by several guys that was a perfection, do not know if in my case, could such a feat, is that okay umcabelo judiado.Espero that u can ajundar me somehow!

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LaRita Whidby

I agree about the trim theory. I feel the main reason to trim might be to remove old chemicals. Other than that, my hair grew out after years of not trimming. I was constantly criticized by stylists, co workers and well meaning friends and family. Mostly the criticism came after they noticed how “long” my hair had gotten. I used to wear the cute bob hairstyles, trim it, curl it, relax etc. I often interlocked, braided, and generally tried many things with my hair. My friend always wore a bun in her head and was a dancer. Her hair was breaking around the area she wore the bun. Her stylist advised her to get laminates hair gel by Sebastian(years ago) and wash it every 2-3 days. After washing it with a good shampoo and conditioner, she combed the gel through and sort of “scrunched it”. It would curl on it’s own, even with the relaxers in it. I thought that was absurd, but the girl’s hair was growing like a weed. 3-4 inches a year is a hefty amount if you keep that length. I soon tried the same routine, and yes we relaxed our hair. We relaxed, washed, conditioned and let it air dry. No curing irons, braids, heated blow dryers. Just wash and wear so to speak. Oh and no scissors. I stopped going to styists and when I would go once a year maybe, I would hear the nay saying comments. Comments about washing too often, going out with a wet head, pneumonia, “split ends”, trim theories, combing hair while it’s wet, etc. etc.

Chan Shayjo

Been saying this for years..everyones makeup is different what works for one may not work for another..I’ve experimented and scheduled trimming definitely stunts my growth.

Helena HD

Quite logical; hair grows from the roots, not from the ends! “Trimming will aid in keeping the ends from splitting and looking frayed, thereby giving the appearance of healthier and longer hair. The rate of growth can be influenced by any number of variables, including general health, dietary habits, and endocrine function including thyroid, low iron or anemia,” says Cunnane Phillips. “All of these have the capacity to influence hair growth and loss cycles.” It’s just like cutting nails; cutting them won’t make them grow faster, this all depends on your general health.

Jameka Jones

This makes much more sense than the graphics I’ve seen showing that you should cut all of the longer strands.

Leah
Leah

I think of your hair is healthy then it’s best to get a trim every 3 or 4 months HOWEVER everyone’s hair is different. Some people’s hair grow super fast so they can get a trim every month without losing all of the hair they grew every month . Others prefer to get a trim only twice a year. I get a trim every 4 months . Some people want their hair to stay the same length so they get a trim once a month . I love even ends and I hate split ends . It works best for me to get a trim every 4 months.

Leah
Leah

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