Haircuts are like workouts: You dread doing it, but then feel so amazing when it’s over that you wonder why you put it off for so long.
A salon visit may not be the top priority on your to-do list between work, sweat sessions, and Kombucha cocktail hours, but treating yourself to a regular trim is actually an important part of self-care. “Your haircut says something about who you are and how you feel inside—it’s part of taking care of yourself,” says Rutger, a celebrity hairstylist for Streeters. “Getting a haircut can also be therapeutic, so if someone is feeling down, getting a new haircut can work miracles.”
Aside from the usual split ends (which, by the way, you should under no circumstances pull apart), you’ll know it’s time for a trim when your hair looks dry and drab, when curls get bulky, or when tangles seem to be commonplace.
That said, since every hair texture and everyone is different, you should talk to your stylist to devise a plan that’s right for you. “Cutting your hair can feel like buying a new outfit,” says Rutger. “When you wear something new it will boost your confidence and will make you feel good about yourself.” And if that’s not enough of a reason to make an appointment, I don’t know what is.
So just how often should you be visiting the salon?
The buzz cut: 3 weeks
For those women opting for the buzzcut, you’ll need to schedule regular upkeep. Though it takes hair a full month to grow half-an-inch, people are better able to see the growth on a buzzcut because it’s so short to begin with. Rutger says that to remedy this, you’ll require touch-ups every three weeks.
The pixie: 6 weeks
The most important aspect of any short cut is maintaining the shape, so Rutger says that it’s really important to get frequent cuts every six week to do so. This also might mean that your excuse to give hair a chop in the first place (“I just don’t want to fuss with it anymore!”) has officially been debunked.
The shoulder-length style: 8 weeks
A mid-length cut can hang on longer than a short one. You might start with something slightly above the shoulders and by the time the ends brush your shoulders again, you’ll know it’s time for a trim (like a biological iCal reminder). Rutger suggests that this is likely around every eight weeks.
The long cut: 3 months
For those with finer textures, who have one-length cut, you can tend to extend the life of your style for about three months time before seeing your stylist again. If your hair is heavily layered or is a thicker, curlier texture however, you’ll want to shorten that time frame to avoid hair getting bulky. Notice when layers seem to disappear or when you find that the middle of hair is fuller than usual, and you’ll know it’s time for a snip.
Once you’ve got your cut under control, try one of these natural shampoo and conditioners to keep your scalp feeling squeaky clean (because, yes, you should be washing your hair more than you probably think).
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