One of the oldest beauty rules in the book is that cutting your hair makes it grow faster.
Most of us have believed the mantra – based on the theory that keeping hair healthy and free of split ends will encourage it to get fuller and longer – our entire lives, and have probably even used it as the reasoning for an unwanted haircut or two in t he past. But what if we told you that it’s not actually true after all?
Well, according to writers at Seventeen, we may have all been living this lie, as they’ve found an expert who says there’s actually no connection between your six-weekly chop and the rate your strands grow at all.
The magazine spoke to celebrity hair stylist Angela C Styles, who says that there is no real evidence that cutting your hair makes it grow faster after all.
Speaking to the publication, Styles set the record straight, explaining: ‘There’s a common myth that cutting your hair will make it grow faster. That’s not necessarily true.’
She continued: ‘Cutting your hair makes it grow healthier because it removes the hair that would split. The hair at the root is able to grow and you’re able to maintain length and avoid splitting. If you allow split ends to stay on the strand, the hair will continue to split and you’ll never see the length.’
So in a nutshell, regular trims will help you maintain your long hair whilst keeping it healthy. However, it doesn’t actually accelerate its growth from the root.
During the interview, Styles also explained how often you should wash your hair according to your hair type. ‘People with textured hair should be sure to cut their hair every 2-3 months,’ she advised.
‘For people with non-textured hair, haircuts vary based on how fast their hair grows. However, most people should cut their every 6-10 weeks.’