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It’s a myth that cutting your hair makes it grow faster

Officially debunked.

4 days ago

Do you remember when you were younger and all you really wanted was long, beautiful hair but you’d be told you need to have your hair cut to make that happen? Yeah it made no sense then and even today, we’re none the wiser.

Well, it turns out that the old ‘cutting your hair makes it grow faster’ beauty mantra is a total myth. Seriously, we understand if you need to take a minute, life suddenly feels like it’s tumbling down...

The revelation comes thanks to Seventeen, who chatted to Rihanna and Rita Ora’s celebrity hair stylist Angela C Styles (fitting name, right?) and she debunked some of the modern misconceptions surrounding the growth of our strands.

"There’s a common myth that cutting your hair will make it grow faster. That’s not necessarily true," she says."Cutting your hair makes it grow healthier because it removes the hair that would split. The hair at the root is able to grow and you’re able to maintain length and avoid splitting. If you allow split ends to stay on the strand, the hair will continue to split and you’ll never see the length."

So, she’s basically saying that if you don’t have a trim, your split ends will run riot and likely split further up your head eventually snapping and making your hair short, stopping it growing long. So trims do help your hair to grow but they won’t actually make it grow faster.

According to Angela, the frequency of your trims depends on the texture of your hair. "People with textured hair should be sure to cut their hair every 2-3 months," she explained. "For people with non-textured hair, haircuts vary based on how fast their hair grows. However, most people should cut their every 6-10 weeks. No one should go no more than 6 months without cutting their hair.”

So now we know, once and for all.