Do You Have To Cut Thin Ends Off While You Grow Out Your Hair?

African American woman looking worriedI had never seen such beautiful hair on a real live person. Sure there were models in magazines with sewn in, photoshopped tresses, but she was an everyday person just like me and she had resuscitated her hair to the point where she deserved her own cover!

Years of brainwashing had taught me that those results were too good to be true. She had to have good genes. It was an anomaly. But the before pictures were so drastically different that maybe it had to be something else.

Then I found another person, then another, then another until the myth was busted. That person could actually be me one day. I could have healthy, gorgeous hair.

Many a healthy hair journey has been sparked this way. One person decides that it is time to make a hair change and begin on their journey. Then they decide to share it with the world knowing that this could be a source of inspiration.

We see amazing before and after pictures and something stirs within us. “If she can do it then so can I!” You could be adopting a healthy hair regimen for the first time. You could be transitioning. Whatever it is, the motivation for it all is beautiful hair in the end.

For those of us who have taken those first steps we learn, sometimes the hard way, that as common as positive results are they are not always as simple to achieve.

While we are motivated by the results of others, their techniques often get adopted as rules and when something unexpected comes along we are quick to deem it as failure. One of these “failures” many of us face are thin ends.


Thin Ends The Deal-breaker?

Whether transitioning from one state of hair to another or just adopting better hair practices you will notice a difference between your hair as it grows and your ends.

Oftentimes your ends will look thin and dull in comparison to your new, healthy hair. A lot of women feel the need to cut these ends off as if leaving them there is somehow unhealthy. This may not always be the case.

So When Encountering Thin Ends What Should You Do?

First, make sure that they are not damaged. Thin ends can be caused by a number of factors including being split. If you are trying to avoid cutting your hair, but have damaged ends unfortunately the best step would be to reach for your scissors.

Why? In the case of split ends, it is very likely that the damage will travel up your hair shaft, meaning you will end up with bigger splits and more hair to cut off. It is best to nip them in the bud as soon as possible to prevent more damage in the future. Your hair will thank you.

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About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

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Nedra Hankerson Thomas

Yes

Gina Mangum

I did, it makes your hair look full and healthy

Melissa Styles

Yes… PLEASE cut ur ends…. That’s the only way your hair will grow properly…

Frances Commedo

Yes!!!! Just LET IT GO!!!

Dabney Ross Jones

YES! I clipped mine and it made a big difference in the quality of the curl. Plus it helps keep your strands from tangling and pulling on other healthy hairs!

Rin Simmons

Yes. I’m a professional and I suggest you trim your ends every 6-8 weeks. You can follow me and my work by liking my page http://www.Facebook.com/designedbyrin

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Mimi

trimming hair should not be to a schedule but on an as needed basis. hair grows 0.5 inches a month on average. meanining there are people who will have a normal growth rate less than this. imagine trimming every 6-8 weeks? they would probably not see additonal length.
the best think is take care of your hair, protect it and minimise damage which will lead to a decrease in how often you need to trim your hair.

Tracy Clemons

Yes. It works.

Dawanna GlorytoGod Allen

No doubt! 🙂

Michelle Nesbeth

Yeah!! Keeps split ends away.

Sheril Pitters

Definitely cut those end.

Tiara Shief

Hi i havent relaxed my hair in fourteen months and half of my hair get wavy/curly when wet. Towards the ends are straight but i get my ends cut often. Im trying to grow it out instead of doing the big chop which i am terrified to do. I wanna try carol’s daughter 123 transitioning kit but i need help what hairstyles can i to make it curly i always wear it straight since all my hair isnt natural yet. But can you please tell me what great products can i purchase for transitioning from relaxed hair to natural @blackhairinformatiin.com

Lauren Ralph

No , but you should it looks disgusting

Julia Burchell-Smith

What if your ends are damaged, however you are trying to avoid cutting them all at once? What damage will that do? If any..

Cleopatra Jones Best

I haven’t had that problem. So far so good. im currently at bsl my goal is waistlength.

CaMecia Parks McLean

I transitioned using the long grow out for 14 months. U dont have to cut the relaxed part. But depending ur curl pattern it may start becoming real hard to blend the 2 textures. Plus they both might have to be moisturized differently