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I swapped out my usual haircut for a ‘micro trim’ and the results were game-changing

Say goodbye to haircut anxiety.

15 Aug 2019

PRODUCT

Headmasters Healthy Hair Micro Trim, from £49

THE HYPE

If you’re sick to death of asking your hairstylist for a ‘trim’ and leaving with locks three inches shorter than you arrived with, listen up. You might have heard of the terms ‘dusting’ and ‘micro trim’ before and put them down as little more than annoying hairdresser jargon. However, it turns out asking for either of the above could leave you with exactly the sort of cut you’re after, especially if you’re trying to grow your tresses.

The Healthy Hair Micro Trim has recently been added to the menu at south-east-based Headmasters salons (although we’re sure the technique can be asked for if you’re close with your hairstylist), and works to remove only the split and dry ends to promote hair health while keeping your desired length.

REVIEWER

Shannon Lawlor, Contributor

BEAUTY BIO

Shockingly, I only get my hair cut around two to three times a year. For the last seven or so years, I’ve invested a lot of time into experimenting with different balayage and ombré colour techniques, and through fear of ruining my previous colour, I’m always really reluctant to chop off the ends. On top of that, my hair has always been long, but I’d like it longer. Despite attempting to grow my hair, I usually give into the bleach damage and ask for a few inches to be taken off roughly once every 6 months.

The cherry on the cake is that I’m obsessed with my hair being sleek and smooth - I hate the feeling of dry, dead ends. It seems therefore that the micro trim is everything I’ve ever wished for. No split ends, no length removed, no meltdowns in the salon chair? I’m in.

THE REVIEW

Upon sitting down, I find that I don’t have the same gut-wrenching fear that I usually have when arriving at the hairdressers because I know I don’t have to go through the spiel of what I want – just a micro-trim please. First up, the stylist looks at my hair and explains that a micro trim is a very time-consuming process, but because my hair isn’t too horrendously split, it shouldn’t be too bad.

After I have my hair washed, I’m a little taken aback when I realise, half-way through the blow dry, that I haven’t ACTUALLY had my hair cut yet. Did he forget? Should I remind him?

I’m glad I don’t as it turns out a micro trim is actually carried out on dry hair so that all damage and split ends are more visible. Once it’s dry, the stylist sections the hair and starts twisting the sections to reveal split ends and damage along the whole length. It doesn’t look good. In fact, I’m quite shocked at how damaged and frizzy my strands are. Thankfully, they’re snipped off. As the process is taking place, I can’t help but doubt that this is going to give me the same ‘can’t stop touching my silky hair’ feeling as a standard cut would, but I remain optimistic.

When the last split end is chopped off, my hair is styled and finished. Upon first look, it’s safe to say my usually frizzy locks look exceptionally well groomed. It looks like my normal hair, but sleek, soft and shiny. I assume some sort of treatment or mask has been used, but actually my natural hair just looks THIS good.

The best bit? As I leave the salon, I run my fingers through my hair to check for any damage that might have slipped through the net – there’s nothing to note. Just long, luscious, split-end-free locks.

THE VERDICT

I’m sold. Unless I have some sort of emotional breakdown that involves me chopping all of my hair off, I’m opting for a micro trim every damn time.

If you’ve got especially damaged hair, it’s worth noting that you might be in the salon for a long time. Similarly, if you’re not trying to grow your hair, this one isn’t for you because there is literally no change to the length. But, if you’re looking to grow it and have colour that you’re looking to maintain, book in for a micro trim and thank me later.