Hair Myth: Trimming Hair Regularly Makes It Grow Faster

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Is there any credibility to this popular belief? 

You’ve all heard it, trimming your hair will make it grow faster. Your friends say it, your hairdresser says it, and your mum said it so it must be true right? Wrong!

There is no scientific basis behind this common misconception. It is a fact that human hair grows at the rate of about 6-10 inches per year the actual rate of which is determined by genetics. Hair is made up of dead cells so unfortunately, there isn’t any way that the live cells at the root of the hair would be aware of their dead cousins getting trimmed off at the end and get stimulated to create more hair like crazy to make up for it! The idea of it is ridiculous.

A possible reason why people think this is because cropped hair that gains an inch in two months looks like a dramatic change hence you would think that the hair is growing faster than shoulder length hair that gains an inch as well but it’s more of a subtle difference.

So is trimming necessary then? Yes and no. If you want to keep your ends blunt and even or you are trying to keep your hair at a certain length then trim away! It certainly is not necessary to the health of your hair. If what you want is to grow your hair long, all you need do is remove any split ends you see. This is called ‘dusting’ the ends.

If you are a huge fan of heat styling your hair (blow drying, flat ironing etc) then you will probably find that you get split ends more than usual due to heat damage. Unfortunately nothing will help heat damaged hair except for a pair of scissors!

Contrary to another common misconception, split ends will not travel all the way down the hair shaft to the root! More likely, it will just peel off to the side leaving a dry fuzzy hair end which will more than likely break off at the point the split end stopped. Remove these split ends as all they do is make your hair ends look dry and unhealthy which is not the idea when your are trying to achieve long healthy hair.

If you are taking care of your hair however, conditioning regularly and keeping the heated appliances to a minimum, a light dusting of your ends now and then is all you need to keep your hair healthy while retaining maximum length. See the article on how to find a regimen.


Originally posted 2010-02-14 04:29:25.

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.

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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Jenae Baccous

Seems To work well for me

Vanessa Anthony

Actually it makes hair growth healthier not faster

Yvonne McNeill Bagley

Works for me too

Ebony Gordon

It has definitely worked for me as well. I have gone without trims before and I can certainly tell there is a difference.

Crystal Thomas

Lol It makes hair break less because split ends are addressed before they can get out of control, resulting in less tangling, snagging, tearing and increasing fullness since more hair will be at the same length. The rate of your hair’s actual growth, out your scalp, is affected by genetics and nutrition, not trimming. Trimming only helps preserve what you already have.

Shuga Shears

Stops the splitting so the hair grows healthier which in turn appears to be growing faster

Deondra Davis

I can understand the article, but I do believe we need to trim our hair (based on our hair needs), I don’t believe you have to trim 1-2 inches to get healthy or fast long hair. I just trim the tips and yes, my hair grows the way it’s suppose to and is healthy. So in a sense I do believe trimming your hair can cause it to grow longer faster and stay healthy!

Keneshia M. Merriweather

Trimming your ends helps you maintain what you already have. It doesn’t make your hair grow faster. You also don’t have to trim your ends to maintain your hair. There are plenty of conditioners that target split ends now. I stopped trimming my ends years ago and have yet to have a problem. My hair is long and healthy. But it does require patience and TLC. So if trimming is what works for you, keep at it. However it is possible to not have to do it nearly as much as the recommended every six weeks, or even at all once you get your method down.

Phoenix McGee

Cheese and crackers I never knew it was recommended every six weeks lol.

Ni-Ni Patterson

Trimming your hair has NEVER made it grow. I’m very lost as to why some of you believe this. It has absolutely nothing to do with it. Does it help with split ends? Yes. And unless your hair grows unbelievably fast, frequent trims does not equal hair grow at all.

Phoenix McGee

It helps retain length by getting the breakage off so it doesn’t go up any higher. Just keeps what you have, not makes it grow.

Kesha Keshay Draughn Wilson

Trimming helps your hair look healthy

Joy Jenkins-Parker

That’s true. I don’t get mine trimmed a whole lot. Last time was this past Aug.

Kesha Keshay Draughn Wilson

I have to get mine trimmed every 6 months like clockwork lol

Joy Jenkins-Parker

Lol! Hmmm so maybe I will in Feb. That’ll be 6 months

Kesha Keshay Draughn Wilson

“She” (my hair) can be very unruly at times. Lol

Joy Jenkins-Parker

LOL!

Stephanie Holt-Miller

When I didn’t trim, my ends were skinny and thin. Now they are almost as thick as my roots. That’s healthy hair, that’s all I care about. Nothing you do externally makes your hair do things. Genetics is really what matters. Yeah, drinking water and taking vitamins makes you healthier overall, but it don’t really believe they have super powers. Just my opinion!

Seanequa Cofield

I only get my hair trimmed 2x a year…its helps me retain length because it’s not breaking off as it grows…

Nefeteria Moore

Maybe but trimming/cutting on the new moon does

Jacqueline Dillard

I will agree with that

Anonymous

Trimming the tips of your has nothing to do with the roots.

Maya Johnson

Well I’ll be damned. Thanks.