Retaining Length: To Trim or Not to Trim Your Ends

Snip, snip, snip as I watch my ends fall into the bathroom sink simultaneously thinking how in the hell am I supposed to keep retaining length if I keep trimming my ends away and after pulling up site after site referencing the slightest hint about trimming and when you should trim your ends can make you a little bit stir crazy and scissor happy especially when different sites have their own set of guidelines and antics in how often you should trim to ensure healthy hair but one option you rarely see is “ cough, cough” should I dare say it…..Not Trimming Your Ends! Yes as in exactly what it means no trimming of the ends. Now I know this may sound taboo or a foreign concept for some but it is possible to retain healthy long hair without trimming your ends constant on a constant basis. Let me show you the necessary and unnecessary of it all when it comes to trimming your ends.

When Trimming is Necessary

  • Your ends are snapping off quicker than you can count to… uh got damn it there goes another one: If your ends are literally snapping off or you notice easy breakage when you detangle this is a key sign you need to  change an element of your hair routine, trim and seal more often. If your hair is of shorter length you might be more confused to actually what is breakage or simply shedding hair. An easy sign for anyone is that shedding hair has a tiny white clump on the end called the base of the hair strand or the bulb root which is not the literal hair root which is located deeply an safely within your scalp. The reason why the “bulb” or “base” of the strand is white because it has stopped producing color which is called melanin and this happens in the growth stage right before the hair sheds.
  • If you use heat frequently: Any type of frequent direct heat on your strands from tools such as how often should i cut my hair to grow it out dryers, curling/flat irons, straightening combs etc strips the sebum which are your natural oils from your strands and especially strands that are susceptible to dryness are at high risk for split ends.