As a teenage girl who is trying to grow your hair out, it can be difficult to accept the idea of having to trim hair regularly, or cut off damaged hair. It seems somewhat counter-productive to cut hair when you really just want to grow it out. The following is a look at why you should cut off your damaged hair, even if you are trying to grow your hair out:
- Long hair is wonderful, but it won’t look wonderful if it is unhealthy, and the only way to have long healthy hair is to start with healthy hair. You must cut off every inch that is considerably damaged, split ended, or too dry. If you don’t, your hair is going to be long, but full of split ends, will be course, and not very shiny or lustrous. This is not worth it.
- Cutting off damage prevents much further damage. When the cuticle of your hair gets damaged, breaks down, etc. your hair starts to split. The splitting is going to continue up the shaft of the hair if you do not cut the damage off. So, when you grow your hair out, just trim it a little bit each month. Hair grows on average a half inch a month, so as long as you trim off damage, but not more than half an inch of hair, your hair will continue to get longer, but stay looking healthy and beautiful at the same time. Damage to your hair will move up from the ends, it is worth repeating that the only way to stop it is to remove damage when it happens.
- Hair goes through trauma. Even if you are really careful with your hair, it is going to get damaged. Sun, wind, sleep, hair products, hair styling tools, etc. all damage hair. So, if you do not cut off the ends, the parts that are the oldest, and have been abused the longest, you will have hair that looks unhealthy and old. A regular trim will help reduce the amount of trauma that shows, and will help you feel good about your look. Remember, long damaged hair is never as pretty as shorter healthy hair, so even if you want long hair, you have to first focus on healthy hair, and how to get and keep healthy hair. Then, work on growing it out.
- When you cut off damaged hair you are left with healthy hair. Healthy hair needs to be cut far less often. Damaged hair, on the other hand, does not grow long because it breaks, and looks yucky. So, you should cut off damaged hair in order to save yourself money in between cuts, and to look your best at all times.
- To keep your look fresh. If you cut off damaged hair, you will always maintain a fresh look, which means you won’t get sick of your hair, or feel the need for an extreme change nearly as much.