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

Sally Hansen Beauty Tools Do Your do Styling ShearsIf your ends are thin for reasons other than damage, perhaps just breakage over time reducing the thickness of hair in the area,  the choice is up to you.

Mini trims along your journey will suffice until all of your thin ends are gone. Your hair will stay the same length because you are cutting as it grows and there is no harm in doing this.

Your hair may also look uneven but chances are that you have been protective styling as part of your new healthy regime so this shouldn’t matter too much either if the ends are not always on show. This is a much more patient way of handling them.

You could go the other route and decide to cut them off completely. This is a much bigger and bolder step. For transitioning ladies this is called a big chop.

The plus to this is that you’re really starting fresh and with thick full ends. Your hair will be even and you can really retain your new length without worrying about getting rid of your old ends.

For women who are transitioning and debating the big chop, one of the most prominent benefits is not having to deal with two different textures. This can be difficult to manage especially for hair journey beginners.

Despite this, it is still possible to forgo cutting off your ends in favor of a more slow and steady process aka a long term transition.


Your decision will probably boil down to this one question: Do you want results now or do you want them later? Either way, healthy hair journeys are filled with so many different opportunities to learn about your health and each decision will teach you something different about how you should maintain it.

Learning to manage different textures will show you how to give your hair the extra TLC that is sometimes needs. Cutting your ends off completely will get you started on learning your new hair texture right away.

The point of emphasis is that as long as there is no damage to the thin ends there is no particular requirement to cut them off except just wanting thicker ends.

The notion that there is a “right way” or a “wrong way” to handle your hair on your hair journey is one that should be scrapped. There is no rule book except for the one that you write for your own hair. What will your story look like?

Originally posted 2013-10-29 15:00:14.

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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