Cutting your hair is a great way to change up your appearance, but the occasional haircut does more than just revamp your style. At times a haircut can serve to improve the overall health of your hair. Here are a few ways to know when it’s time to cut or trim your hair.

If you have split ends

Split ends are pretty easy to check for. Examine the ends of your hair. If you notice that they are split, or that the ends of your hair are thinner than the rest of the strands, it may be time for a trim. While it may not be the most welcoming experience to have to trim your hair (particularly if you’re trying to grow your hair) taking care of split ends can do wonders for the overall health of your hair because split ends can lead to breakage or the damage can travel up the length of the hair causing it to break higher up the strand.

When your hair is damaged

Damaged hair is a lot harder to manage and can sometimes behave in ways you don’t want or expect. Heat damaged hair, for example, may begin to look frizzy and feel rougher than the rest of your hair. It’s also possible to damage your hair with chemicals. The ends of the hair are the oldest hair, and as such, repeatedly exposing them to heat or harsh chemicals can result in compound damage. Remember, then treating your hair take protective measures to reduce or avoid damage. If you are styling your hair with heat tools, use a heat protectant, and if you are chemically treating your hair, follow the instructions very carefully or visit a professional stylist.

If you are trying to maintain a short hairstyle

Keeping a particular hairstyle, a certain length will entail getting your hair trimmed every so often. Depending on the hairstyle you are trying to keep, you may have to trim your hair more often. It is a misconception that hair grows faster when it is short. Hair grows relatively slow; however, that growth is substantially more noticeable the shorter your hair is. This also holds true if you have bangs. If your bangs have grown longer than you would like, then it’s time for a trim.

You want to add volume to your hair

If you want to increase the volume of your hair, then consider having your hair cut in layers. The differences in length will make your hair look fuller. If you have hair that is prone to shrinkage, then you can mimic this look by doing part of your hair when it’s wet and the other part when it’s dry. The wet hair will shrink more than the dry hair, which will give the illusion of different lengths. This works well for twist outs, or you can leave it in twists if you want to have a protective style while wearing your natural hair.

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