04 . November . 2019 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

Craving a fresh new look? What comes to your mind first when thinking about a fresh new look; different makeup, new clothes, new accessories? Or maybe, a new HAIRCUT?! The one thing that can totally change your appearance and your personality – a new hair cut, a new style. True isn’t it?!
Whether growing hair or not, whether you are looking at a makeover or not, top trichologists recommend getting haircuts every 6-10 weeks depending on your hair type and condition. Following this routine will give your personality more than just a fresh look! It helps to keep your hair in shape as well as make it strong and healthy.
Though typically we don’t think of a haircut as having any direct relation to the health of our hair, there is much it can do to help maintain its health. We all know that hair once damaged, becomes difficult to manage and the case is even more difficult if you haven’t been taking proper care.
Concerned about the health of your hair and not sure if you are doing what’s needed for its proper care? Do read our blogs on hair care for expert advice on how to maintain your hair, hair diet, handy tips, and what to watch out for. Also, frequently consulting hair experts and undergoing Tricho analysis test like Capiloscopy lets you understand the actual condition of your hair & scalp and accordingly adopt a hair care routine.
Coming back to our topic of the day. Haircuts are a great way to keep your crowning glory in a good state and save it from external damages. Cutting/trimming it at timely intervals can be a saviour. We will help you understand the significance of a haircut by discussing two aspects – (a) When is haircut needed, (b) How it benefits your hair and you.

So, when do you need a haircut?

Our hair always sends signals before any hair disaster is in the offing. Watch out for these signs ‘cos these are indicating that you need a haircut, whether you want to or not!

  • Split ends
    Split ends occur when the ends/tips of your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. An unravelled rope is the closest resemblance that you would be able to relate to! Weathering and damage are the two most common causes of split ends. The hair shaft (do read our blog on hair anatomy!) splits into two or more segments, at the tip. Another tell-tale sign is the ends of your hair getting knotted.
    Once your hair is split, it cannot be treated. The damage is done and it needs to be trimmed ASAP. If you wait for too long, the split can move up the shaft’s length, thus making the hair weak and vulnerable. The only cure is to trim it. And then, take due care to ensure your hair doesn’t split again. Do read our blog on how to tackle split ends.
  • Hair Colour damage
    If you have read our blogs on hair colouring, you would recollect that hair colour works on your hair by opening up the cuticles and permeating the colour into the cortex. For the cuticle to raise up and make way for the colour, strong chemicals are used. These ingredients have a damaging effect on your hair. If you are someone who colours your hair often, you will need to take intermittent steps to ensure that the inevitable damage is curtailed. One thing that you should most definitely do is go in for tricho treatments to manage hair colour damage.Further, if you are someone who frequently colours your hair, you should get frequent trims as well in order to avoid damage to your ends. Note, the ends of our hair are already the oldest hair and the most fragile. So, it’s a good idea to get them off and keep your hair healthy!
  • Heat damage
    Close on the heels of hair colour damage, exposing your hair to heat from hot irons and straightening/curling tools might signal it’s time for a trim!
    When hair is straightened or curled, tremendous heat is applied to change its natural shape. A solution containing acid, which can reduce the strong disulfide cysteine bond to make the hair permeable, is used to break the bonds in hair’s keratin structure. There is considerable damage to hair in the process. Your hair ends up frizzy, dry, unmanageable and prone to breakage. If you frequently use such tools, keeping a check on your hair for damage, and taking due precautions can help prevent your hair from turning lifeless. Timely trims will help manage the problem and support the health of your hair.
  • Lastly, growing out on fancy haircuts
    Love your fancy hair cut? Make sure you go for regular trims!
    Fancy cuts give a completely fresh look to your face but they are equally challenging when it comes to maintaining that same look. A huge misconception in this regard is that if the hair is styled short, then it won’t grow as fast. Let us clarify that every hair strand continues on its growth cycle, regardless of any/such external changes. You can read our blog to understand in detail about the growth cycle of human hair. So fancy haircuts DO make growth seem more noticeable, which is clearly a prompt that you need to cut it, to avoid a bizarre look!

Now that we have seen the common tell-tale signs of when you need a haircut, let’s understand how regular haircuts help you with your overall upkeep!

Benefits of regular haircuts
    Keeping aside the possible conditions that give you signals to get your haircut, there are other reasons why your hair needs frequent trims; why it should be a part of our regular hair care routine. Here’s all you ought to know about its importance and benefits.

  • Aids hair growth
    Long healthy hair doesn’t happen overnight. Patience backed up with proper hair care routine is the key to reach the perfect length. Regular trimming helps you get rid of split ends and breakage, thereby aiding the hair’s growth and strength. Let us clarify here that cutting hair doesn’t make your hair grow faster. This is a popular myth. Hair grows as per the growth cycle! Cutting/trimming your hair merely aids the process.
  • Controls damage
    A haircut is the best trick in the book to restore the health & shine that you’re looking for in your hair. Hair & scalp treatments that relax your muscles and boost the blood flow in hair follicles limits damage from the root level. The tips need their timely trims to stay healthy, and to ensure that your hair doesn’t look frizzy, damaged, or unruly.
  • Thicker & healthier hair
    Your hair can actually start to look healthier and thicker by following this activity. Cutting off the damaged hair as it grows gives a thicker, longer, shinier and glossier appearance. So, next time you visit your salon, don’t forget to get a hair trimming session, to add volumes!
  • Easier to manage
    Change in haircut and style is a must after a certain period of time. Though the average speed at which the hair grows differs from person to person, regular cuts help to keep its shape and make it easier for you to manage. Lesser tangles, lesser flyaways, lesser breakage and no split-ends equals easy hair management!
  • Maintains style and shape
    Hair starts to lose the shape of the haircut you got long back as it grows out. If you have a high-maintenance hairstyle like bangs or a short bob, your overall face cut loses its shape, or intended impression, if not properly kept up with. Not to mention a simple change in haircut can give you a renewed look, add volumes with layers and what not! Get those regular trims and keep your hair in shape and stylish!

How frequently you need a trim is something that is very person-specific. Discuss with your trichologist to arrive at a hair care routine that would suit you best, including how frequently you need a trim!
Let us remind you, hair is science, not magic! It needs scientific care and due diligence for it to be healthy! Seek professional advice and stay ahead of problems!
Trust that with today’s blog we have touched upon and explained a very essential everyday-hair-topic!
Do get to know more about your hair! Read our blogs on hair care, hair trivia, hair loss and solutions! Fresh blogs added every week! You can even follow us on social media to keep up with the updates and for all things HAIR!



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