Does Getting a Trim Make Your Hair Grow Faster?

September 10, 2020
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

I’ve been told time and again that getting frequent trims —  around once every three months — will keep my hair healthy and help speed up growth. But while there’s not much I wouldn’t do to  make my hair grow, I’m skeptical about whether a trim is really the secret. To find out if getting my hair cut more often will actually give me more length, I turned to celebrity hairstylist and Matrix Artistic Director Nick Stenson


Does Your Hair Grow Faster If You Get It Trimmed Frequently? 

While getting hair trimmed on the regular will definitely keep your hair healthy, it’s a myth that it will actually speed up hair growth. “While the action of cutting the ends of hair has no direct effect on the rate of hair growth, regular trims and maintenance do prevent damage that can travel up the strand and cause hair to split.” This is why it’s definitely still worth getting regular trims if you want to grow out your hair.

How to Make Hair Grow Longer  

Typically, hair grows about a half inch per month. And even though the rate of growth can’t be sped up, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your hair stays healthy, strong and continues to grow at a steady rate. “Aside from a regular maintenance routine with trims or cuts, keeping the hair healthy and protected will also help it grow,” says Stenson. He explains that eating a well-balanced diet, incorporating growth supplements with biotin like Nutrafol and protecting hair before using hot tools are key. For a heat protectant, Stenson loves the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer. One of our other favorites to prevent breakage is the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream


Stenson adds that if you are in the process of growing out your hair, it’s important to communicate this with your hairstylist. “Your stylist can plan dustings, or slight trims, and help you avoid damaging services that will inhibit the health and growth of your hair,” he says. Your stylist will also be able to evaluate if your hair has extensive damage and give you a treatment plan. For an at-home reparative treatment, Stenson suggests using the Matrix Biolage Recovery Deep Treatment Pack


Photo: Jasmine Burnside, Design: Hannah Packer

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