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Trim your own ends

Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 9.00.27 AMAfter years and years of trying to grow my hair out, I have reached upper back length. This is a big deal for me. Now, with a little perspective on the trials and tribulations of finally successfully growing my hair out, I have a little insight to share.

( I snagged this photo from an SF times article.)

Getting regular trims is NOT JUST YOUR HAIRDRESSER TRYING TO GET MORE MONEY FROM YOU. Regular trims are a crucial part of successful long healthy hair, faster.

No, your hair won’t grow faster with regular trims but trimming the ends off will stop split ends from continuing to split up the hair shaft. Split hair strands will eventually break off.

I have had many clients tell me that their hair will just stop growing at a certain length. This is rarely true. What is usually happening is that they are not getting regular trims, so their ends just constantly break off at a certain point, makng it look as if the hair is not growing.

A good trim every 6 weeks will help you push through to healthy long hair. It seems counter productive, but trust me it isn’t. Also, it is totally miraculous what a 1/4 trim can do for the looks of your hair. Those tiny split ends can really make your hair so dull and lifeless!

HTHG knows that not everyone (myself included!) would shell out 40+ bucks for a tiny end trim. This is why I made you a video to share with you my every 6 week end trim MO technique. It is so easy to DIY. You just need some sharp shears.

I like to trim my hair when it is mostly dry or all the way dry because it is easier to see how much needs to come off.

Here you go!

Another thing that helps me keep my ends healthy during grow out is coconut oil treatments, and liquid gold polisher.

Also, switching to no-poo has been paramount in my hair growing effort because I am generally a lot happier with the state of my hair.

Need help growing out your bangs? Here is a trimming tip and some styling tips!

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  1. Helga

    Hi! Just found your site and have been reading your no poo journey 🙂 I’m a fellow no poo’er. Currently sitting here with my hair soaked with shea butter and coconut oil 🙂 Haven’t cut my hair in 7 months or so (runs and hides) eek. I don’t go to the hair dresser since it’s expensive and I don’t like strangers messing with my hair. Yes I am weird like that lol. Would the method here work on really long hair? My hair is to my waist and I have some layers. Feels like it would be hard to reach all my hair like that for the layers trimming. Hope you can leave me an answer!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yep. You can definitely use this on long hair. if your hair is very lone, it might be easier to get a friend to help you reach the top of the pony(:

    2. roxie.hunt Author

      Jeez did I really just finally get this comment? Sorry to take forever! This method should work fine on long hair. Maybe flip your head upside down to do the ends. Would be easier to reach? Thanks for writing, and best of luck:)

  2. Ingrid

    Trimming every 6 weeks does NOT help you with the growth process. I used to allow my salon to try to trick me into regular trims of small bits at the bottom (every 3 months), and my hair just became shorter… and shorter… and shorter… and shorter over the course of a year and a half (duh! because I was cutting it!) I stopped “letting” them cut my hair, and within a year it is now sooo long and beautiful! Finally! And the ends aren’t even that bad at all because I condition and avoid heat and shampoo on the tips. Don’t fall for that trap. What part of regularly cutting off your hair makes sense if you want longer hair?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      It works for me. My hair splits easily, so if I don’t trim it, it gets ragged and gross and then I have to cut off too much. So, regular trims are essential for my hair:) Each head of hair is different. Also, it sounds as if maybe your stylist and you were not on the same page about your hair goals. That happens sometimes.

  3. sophia

    can’t i just trim the way you did for layers? maybe i don’t get the bottom hair the first time, but sooner or later i will reach all ends, and then do it regularly. am i wrong? would just be easier 😉

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yes you can absolutely do it that way too:)

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