How often to trim hair to avoid split ends?

can split ends cause hair loss

Everyone struggles with split ends from time to time. It is not unheard of to have split or dead ends in our hair. But poor hair care habits or a lack thereof can result in forlorn-looking and frizzy hair. In the deadened heat of the sun in Singapore, this can add to a throng of hair problems, including dry hair and hair loss. The only solution to getting rid of the unkempt look is to trim split ends.

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Is there such a thing as over trimming of hair?

The good news is, you can trim your hair as much as you want. If your hairdresser suggests cutting your hair by an inch or two, it is advisable to follow this advice and seek comfort in the fact that the hair can grow back. 

First, let us understand how split ends occur. 

Why we have split ends

The hair makeup consists of the hair shaft, follicle, oil glands, and hair bulb (where the hair cells grow). With extreme, excessive, or diminishing environmental and dietary factors, the hair shaft is subjected to poor keratinization and grows weak. 

With a weakened hair shaft, the hair is more prone to breakage and become brittle and frayed. Just like the end of a rope after being cut, the ends of the hair look split and threadbare. 

Split ends = hair loss?

Typically, we shed about 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. If you are losing more hair on average and notice split ends, a simple haircut is not going to cut it. Split ends are damaged hair, and the causes of your hair loss can also be causing the split ends.

It may also be time to reevaluate your hair care routine and consider making changes to your lifestyle to combat split ends and eventual hair loss and hair thinning.

Do haircuts help with hair growth?

Losing hair is scary and can be soul-crushing. It can diminish our self-esteem and therefore affecting other facets of our lives, impacting our work performance, and put a strain in our relationships. Substantial hair loss in men and women can also cause psychological problems in the long run. 

A regular haircut every 6 weeks not only helps to maintain the length of our hair, but it also helps to get rid of the annoying split ends and keeps our hair looking fresh and neat. A simple trim of about an inch on a regular basis can help our hair to grow out, but the rate at which it grows depends on how fast it was growing before. The growth frequency does not change or accelerate after a few trims.

Depending on the length of your hair and your ideal hairstyle, you can schedule a trim for your split ends every 2 to 3 months.

What are ways to increase hair growth?

If the symptoms above sound familiar to you, you may consider treating the root problem of the hair loss, thus reducing the number of split ends. Thankfully, there are ways to manage different types of hair loss, with the most common methods being minimally or non-invasive hair loss treatments and natural remedies.


Minimally invasive hair loss treatments

A popular minimally invasive treatment is microneedling. Small, tiny needles deliver the potent ingredients and hair growth serum directly into the dermis layer of the scalp to nourish the hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. This form of hair loss treatment also enhances the scalp’s vitality through small pricks in the skin, promoting the skin’s natural healing abilities and forming a stronger, healthier scalp. This in turn makes for a thriving environment for hair to grow naturally. 

Non-invasive hair loss treatments

A newer technology that supersedes microneedling or mesotherapy is the advanced ScalpElectroporation® (S.E.P.). It offers an alternative route to deliver hair growth factors deep into the scalp without penetrating or breaking the skin layer. Through iontophoresis and micro-massaging, nutrients are transdermally delivered into the scalp to promote stronger hair growth without the use of needles.

Natural hair loss treatments

While turmeric powder and aloe vera may trigger reasonable skepticism in most of us, natural hair loss remedies such as essential oils have shown to aid in the hair growth process. These treatment methods, albeit slow, may be effective for those who struggle with hair thinning or near-visible hair parting gaps in the hair.

You should seek the help of a professional trichologist or hair specialist to understand the primary cause of your hair loss or split ends. With their expertise and considerable knowledge in hair regrowth and scalp care, they can provide the best recommendations for you to grow a healthy crown of hair. 

How to avoid split ends

Take some time to reassess your hair care routine to identify possible problem areas that may be causing your split ends. 

On the surface, simple things like roughly combing or brushing your hair or blow drying the ends every morning may not look like factors that contribute to the damaged ends. But an accumulation of these lifestyle factors can inevitably lead to rough, brittle hair, thus prevention is better to avoid having split ends.

Some tips include:

  • Avoid over-washing your hair. Frequent hair washing can strip your hair of the natural oils that keep it moisturized and nourished, resulting in dry hair or an overcompensating greasy scalp. 
  • Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel. Wrapping your head to keep the wet hair contained is OK, but the friction arising from drying your hair with a towel can weaken your hair shafts and encourage split ends. 
  • Keep hair styling to a minimum. This includes tight ponytails or braids, hair spray, or heat styling tools such as a hair dryer or curler. Direct contact with heat can burn the hair shaft and cause split ends. 
  • Use nourishing oils. Some good examples include argan or Moroccan oils. Add a dab of these oils to the palm of your hand and apply it gently to the hair tresses to keep it hydrated and looking neat. Be careful not to apply the oils directly to the scalp.

What’s next?

If your hair care routine seems to be in order and you are unable to identify the problem areas that may be causing your hair loss, a visit to a hair and scalp care center may be warranted. Professional trichologists are well-trained and qualified, as well as armed with the right equipment and technology to help you determine what is causing your split ends or hair loss. 

Schedule a consultation with our trichologists for an assessment of your hair and scalp today.

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