This is one of the most popular hair myths out there! I was reminded of this one yesterday when a friend of mine - who has just started her hair journey (woo hoo!) - said this to me yesterday. I'm quick to state:
Cutting your hair DOES NOT make it grow faster or affect your growth rate in any way!
Well, now that's been said, I'll explain why the above is true!
The purpose of cutting your hair is to achieve a certain look or style! This can be to change the hair length, to change how it falls -in layers - or to make the hair all one length (getting rid of layers).
The purpose of trimming the hair is to get rid of any split or splitting hair ends. This makes the ends look neater, as well as preventing splitting ends from splitting further up the hair shaft and then breaking.
A split end is an area of weakness in the hair, which is now prone to breaking off.
These occur when the protective cuticle is destroyed at the end of the hair. The hair will then split into two or more strands. Some people claim that the split ends can be repaired, but experts know that this is a myth.
Once the hair splits, the damage is done! The only remedy is with a pair of sharp scissors! (Yikes, but not to CUT the hair.....trim or dust that split end off!)
As seen in the earlier post, " Hair growth facts", hair grows from your scalp. Your hair cannot sense it has been cut. It is dead and is only being preserved by your efforts. Any act that removes the ends of your hair, makes it shorter..... like cutting, trimming or abusing heated appliances until they cause splits at your hair ends.
If your hair seems to stay at the same length all the time, you are to be congratulated! You have managed to break off your ends at the same rate as the strands are growing from the follicle (hair bulb)!
The only way to get longer hair is to preserve your ends better! FACT
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