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I only get my haircut once a year, why is that so bad?

Question: I never get my hair cut but once a year or so. Why is that so bad?

Answer: Quite often I’ll have clients that sit down in my chair only once a year or once every six months. I completely understand the appeal: busy lifestyles mean less time to come in, it’s less expensive, “my hair is so long it hardly needs it”. There’s a myriad of reasons why people don’t like to come in as often as we’d like them to, and that works for some people. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a huge fan of telling someone they absolutely have to do something. But when it comes to your hair care here are my four reasons why coming in more often is helpful.

1.Recently trimmed hair is healthy hair. Even if it’s so long and seemingly healthy that it doesn’t bother you, you may notice a dramatic difference in the shine and vitality of your hair if you come in more often. Your blow dries and braids will look sharper and the ends will look cleaner.

2.The shape of your hair starts to go at a certain point because your hair grows at different rates around your head. Depending on your cut, this might be at 4 weeks or at 8, or even later. I usually put the line at about 12 weeks. At 12 weeks, even my Rapunzel girls are losing their shape and it’s time to clean it all up. That’s only 4 haircuts a year, once every three months, and it’s totally do-able.

3.It can’t ever hurt to touch base with a stylist about your hair care routine. Do you need a deep conditioner? Is your shampoo suddenly making your hair feel dry or greasy? Are your bangs or layers doing that weird flippy thing they do that’s driving you crazy (you know the one)? We can help you with that.

4.Finally, a good healthy trim can save you from having to cut a great deal more down the road. Have you ever gone months without a cut only to realize the last few inches of hair are dry and brittle and you’re ready to get rid of them? Wouldn’t it be better if it was just the last inch or so? You can keep a longer length and a more solid shape without having to feel like you need to lose half your hair.

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