Cutting new hair
The question of when to cut new hair is one we are often asked. It really is a personal choice about what hair style you are aiming for, how you feel about the look of your hair and if a hair cut will offer you any benefits.
Quite often as each hair follicle is recovering and entering into the growing phase of the Hair growth cycle hair grows at different rates so you may want to trim one area and not another. For example, many people find that there are longer sprouts of hairs that they want to snip at, in particular around the ears and hairline, that can feel untidy if they stick out. These areas commonly need a trim before the rest and it is fine to do so.
Cutting new hair - commonly asked Q&A
- Can I snip at my hair myself?
- Does cutting hair make it grow back thicker?
- Should I cut my hair to a particular length?
Can I snip at my hair myself?
Some people snip at the odd long hair themselves, there are no rules here so feel free to snip at those annoying sprouts! But if you are at all worried, or don’t fancy giving it a go yourself, you are best advised to have a chat with a hairdresser who can help you plan your new style and pencil in a time for a trim. There are salons, home hairdressers and wig shops who provide experienced and specialist services. However, you don't necessarily need a specialist service but are likely to need a kind and understanding hairdresser who will take time to listen to your planned style and offer ideas and steps to get you there.
Does cutting hair make it grow back thicker?
It is a myth that cutting hair makes it grow quicker. It’s more the case that when some of the new fine ends are snipped off and the hair is in a more organised style it can give the hair the appearance of looking fuller. It doesn’t actually make the hair grow more quickly. The important thing is that you look after the condition of your new hair and feel that any cutting helps to improve the look and feel.
You may feel more comfortable having a home hairdresser visit you or asking a salon if they have a private room.
Should I cut my hair to a particular length?
Some people decide they want to grow their hair as long as possible before cutting it. As long as your hair feels healthy then that is just fine. If your hair feels dry then we would recommend that after a few inches of hair appearing that you have the bare ends trimmed (even just a tiny bit) to take off those dry bits. This is because it is best to avoid split ends that can run down the hair shaft and prevent further growth. Additionally, very dry ends can make hair difficult to style and appear unruly.
Next planned review: February 2020