Does Cutting Hair Make It Grow Faster?

by Viviscal Hair Expert on December 4th, 2020
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Originally published on June 4th, 2015
 

There is a lot of debate over whether or not cutting hair makes it grow faster. Does it actually work? 

Today on the blog we’re debunking this common hair myth. Keep reading to learn why cutting your hair doesn’t actually make it grow faster or thicker. Plus, we’ll share our top tips for healthy hair growth. 

Does Cutting Hair Actually Make It Grow Faster?

Regularly cutting the ends of your hair does not make it grow faster. The average rate of hair growth is around 0.5cm to 1.7cm per month and this rate depends on your follicle and scalp health, not the tips of your hair. While trimming is a healthy hair practice, it will not make hair grow faster. 

Your focus should be on your scalp rather than your ends to stimulate hair growth. 

Does Cutting Hair Make It Grow Thicker?

Cutting hair will not alter your hair density. The thickness of your hair strands is determined by factors like your genetics, environment, age, and health. 

However, while cutting hair won’t make it grow thicker, it can certainly make it appear thicker. 

If you have split or dead ends, your hair can appear very thin. Removing split ends makes your hair look healthier and thicker. Split ends can also spread, causing breakage and hair loss. That’s why getting regular trims (at least every three to four months) is a healthy hair practice. 

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Getting a short haircut can also make thin hair appear thicker. Long hair can look weighed down if it’s thin, so a short and airy haircut can create a fuller appearance overall.  

Does Trimming Tips of Hair Make It Grow Faster?

Trimming dead ends does not make hair grow faster, but it can help it grow healthier. Any new hair growth will break off or split apart if you have split, brittle, or dry ends. 

Benefits of Regularly Trimming Hair:

  • Removes split end growth
  • Controls and clears away hair damaged by heat or chemicals
  • Reduces hair breaking off
  • Reduces frizzy texture
  • Keeps hair growing healthy

How Often to Trim Hair for Healthy Hair Growth

You should aim to trim your hair every three to four months. This is around the time that dead-ends can start to form. A good rule of thumb is to expect to cut off anywhere from a quarter-inch to a half-inch. If it has been a while since your last trim, you may need to cut off more. 

The time between hair trimmings can vary depending on the health of your hair and how quickly it grows back so it’s best to get a stylist’s recommendation. 

How Can I Speed Up Hair Growth?

To promote healthy hair growth, you should focus on healthy hair practices. Below are a few steps to put in place into your routine. 

Hair Growth Tips:

  • Scalp Massage – Massaging your scalp regularly can help stimulate your follicles to promote healthy growth.
  • Supplements — Adding hair supplements to your diet can also help with hair growth. The Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements provide a clinically proven solution for men and women suffering from fine or thinning hair to achieve thicker, fuller, and healthier hair in 3-6 months.*
  • Hair Treatments – Using a conditioning leave-in treatment can help promote healthy hair growth. The Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir is the ultimate, lightweight, body-boosting leave-in treatment for thicker-looking hair. 
  • Healthy Diet – Staying hydrated and eating whole foods ensures that your hair will remain strong.
  • Reduce Heat – Reducing the use of heat tools can help prevent split and brittle ends.

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How often do you cut your hair for healthy hair growth? What tips and tricks do you use to grow your hair faster? Tell us in the comment section below!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.