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Jennifer

over 3 years ago

I'm currently growing out my hair and I was hoping to get some tips. My method was to go as long as possible without getting a cut, to reach my goal length and then get a trim when my hair got too scraggly. But my hair stylist told me that, when growing out strands, it's more important than ever to get rid of split ends. What is the rationale behind that? Healthy hair grows faster? Do split ends really affect hair growth? Thank you!
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    StephanieH
    over 3 years ago
    It is! Regular trims help keep hair from breaking/splitting, so you actually gain more length. Ask your stylist for a "dusting" so she knows not to take off too much length.
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    editorCourtney
    over 3 years ago
    It depends. If your hair is very healthy, and you don't use heat styling, color your hair often, do any intense styling, or use a lot of products -- basically if you do NOTHING to your hair and it is very healthy -- then you can just let it grow and grow. If you do a lot of potentially damaging things to your hair then your stylist is right and you should get your split ends cut off regularly. Damaged ends break off and make it appear as though the hair isn't growing, but really it's just breaking before it reaches it's full length. One thing to keep in mind is, everyone has a genetically predetermined hair growth cycle, and if your growth cycle is short, you will never be able to grow your hair past a certain point, no matter how delicately you treat your hair. Good luck! I love long hair :)
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    editorCourtney
    over 3 years ago
    Yes - StephanieH's idea is a good one. A "dusting" will get rid of frayed ends without taking away length.
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    Brittany
    over 3 years ago
    Try not washing it as much as possible and load up on deep conditioners. Also, it is a good idea to avoid coloring your hair if you are growing it out too- it will look much healthier and fuller.
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    hallie
    over 3 years ago
    When you say not washing it, are you meaning not putting conditioner or shampoo in it or just plain out not getting it wet?
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    Becks
    over 3 years ago
    I have been told that hair only grows about a quarter inch per month so depending on how short your hair is, growing it out will take some time. I have been growing my hair out since June of 2008. When I started it was cut in a layer cut that ended just a little below my ears. It is now just passed my shoulders and I have gotten it trimmed every 6-8 weeks over the growout time. Not getting trims is counter productive. Split ends mean the hair is not healthy and it needs to be healthy to grow. Also long hair itself is not attractive it has to be healthy to look good. Letting it grow out to the desired length then getting it trimmed up does not seem like it would make you feel good about yourself.
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    JAA
    over 3 years ago
    Biotin is the BEST for growing out your hair. Just take it once a day, and you'll see your hair (and nails!) get longer and stronger in just a few weeks.
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    LiveToDance
    over 3 years ago
    My hair grows about an inch a month! Wash your hair often and that should help. :) Good luck!
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    Rockybach
    about 3 years ago
    Massage your scalp when you shower. That will increase blood flow and promote healthy oils. Condition your hair. And let it grow. The reason your stylist is telling you to get your hair cut is because she's the one being paid to cut your hair. ^_^ I've grown my hair down to my hips several times, and when I went in to get my hair cut the stylists were always surprised at how few split ends I had. As long as your hair is moisturized and healthy looking you don't need to get it cut until you're at the length you desire.
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    Rockybach
    about 3 years ago
    P.S. Use good shampoo/conditioners. ;]
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    Coffeechick
    about 3 years ago
    I agree! I've read that you should get a "dusting" of half an inch or less at least every 8 to 12 weeks. But, if you're finding more frequently split ends, then get a dusting every 6 to 8 weeks. This will make your hair healthy and srong!!:)
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    Catutus
    almost 3 years ago
    cutting your split ends help hair grow longer
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    Heaven88
    almost 3 years ago
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    ewadium
    almost 3 years ago
    Cutting off your split ends won't help your hair grow. Your hair grows from underneath the skin on your scalp, where it is alive--what is happening 6, 12, 18 inches at the end of the strand does not matter. Your hair is basically a bunch of fibers wound around each other, when the fibers begin to unroll, you get "split ends". You should get your hair trimmed every once in awhile (4-6 months if you are trying to grow out your hair) to reduce the appearance of these ends. Your hair grows about 3 inches in 6 months, so you will still be growing out your hair if you remove an inch every six months or so. Avoid heat styling, try not to wash your hair everyday (or if you need to due to your hair being oily, try washing without shampoo. A cheap conditioner is better for your hair and when used as shampoo still removes oils from your hair), and pay attention to how you brush your hair (start from the bottom and use a brush with gentle, giving bristles). You can also trim split ends individually if you are worried about your hair unraveling, but generally split ends are no more than 1/8 unraveled. Hair stylists need to stop spreading this myth, honesty is more important than making money. It is disheartening, their job is to go to school to learn the truth about hair so they can tell us, not to misinform us.
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    Wonder Dog
    over 2 years ago
    My hair is nearly five feet long and I love it!! If you wash it often, make sure you have a good brush or comb and only comb it with a wide tooth comb when it is wet, it will help a lot. Also if you make sure you eat plenty of vitamins and don't sleep with your hair dirty or bound as it weakens your hair and makes it more oily. Change your pillowcases nightly and you are pretty much good to go! : D
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    Hyspin
    over 2 years ago
    Actually the average person rate of growth is measured at half and inch a month some are faster and some are slower but average is half.
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    Hyspin
    over 2 years ago
    trimming is only necessary if you suffer from split ends or single strand knots. Why it is recommend for growth is that in prevents the split from continuing up the shaft causing breakage which cause hair to look like it not getting any longer or worse getting short. Otherwise no they are not necessary. if you going to trim try to do things that will prevent or slow the rate you hair gets damaged. Such avoiding extreme heat from hair dryers, and hair irons, reduce or stop how often your hair gets chemically processed from permanent straighteners to hair colouring, or bleaching, reduce how much your comb and brush your hair or any other regular or rough physical treatment. To help with hair growth increase the amount of healthy natural foods your eat, and decrease your bad cholesterol, saturated fats, trans fats, process foods, and sugars (including glucose). But this will only help in new growth, everything above the root will not be affected. A good overall diet (not a speciality one) helps because your body will give nutrients to hair, skin and nails last to help the vital organs and body functions, so inorder to see it in skin hair and nails you need to be consuming enough nutrients so that there is enough left over for the superficial (on the surface) body parts.
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    prettygirlsjerk
    over 2 years ago
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    kluongsuper
    about 2 years ago

    About 8 months ago, I had hair about 5 inches below my bust and got it cut to right below the breasts and I got so sad. So I researched everything and this is what I found. Getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks is just cutting off the hair you have grown. Try not putting heat on your hair as much and pulling your hair in a tight ponytail. Also biotin may work for you and may not, remember that every body has different hair growth. Now my hair is about 2 inches above my belly button! But I'm sure it could be longer because I curl my hair about once a week, blow dry it about twice a week, and pull it up into a pony tail 5 days a week for tennis.

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    Jessi Anne
    about 2 years ago

    I had been growing my hair out for six years. I didn't even trim it often, and I had it grown down to my hips- long enough that if I tilted my head back I was in danger of sitting on it. I cut it this summer, and since then it has grown three times as fast. Your hair ends do affect growth, so keep it trimmed.

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    hollieeepacker
    almost 2 years ago

    I grew out my hair, it was just below my shoulders and it took a year to grow to where its is now which is just below my breasts! I just didn't cut it for at least 6 months, I know its teally unhealthy but if you keep cutting it its just gonna get shorter and shorter!!! To avoide dead and split ends i washed every other day (This also makes your hair not dry) and didnt apply any heat to it! Also tying your hair up in a tight hairband is bad for your hair so try to wear it down. People say cut your hair too make it grow longeer, but your hair grows from the top of your head so dead ends dont effect it growing. My advice is to cut your hair an inch off and then start growing it long, otherwise your just growing dead hair! good luck!

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    ddlover
    over 1 year ago
    it is extremely.important to get TRIMS I get what your saying but here are things you can do to kinda speed up the process 1.switch your shampoo and conditioner for your hair to get different natural oils ect 2. get water based moisturizers such as coconut oil and ALMOND OIL makes your hair grow like crazy 3. if possible try biotin 4. please please purchase isoplus wrap lotion for just moisture and for a easy nice ponytail 5. try a braid or a few braids(french side or fishtail 6.other natural oil 7.heat limit once or twice a month an othet
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    Arpeggio16cc
    9 months ago
    I heard that cocoanut oil is supposed to help your hair grow. Is that true or is that a myth?
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