Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hair Myth Explained: The more you cut it, the more it grows

I am congratulating myself on my 100th post (on this particular blog).

Now, on to business.

We've all heard salon "professionals" and other general jackoffs claim that, "The more you cut your hair, the more it grows."

Of course, those of us with a handful of braincells realize this is, at best a half truth, at worst a marketing gimmick to get you to waste money on excessive amounts of haircuts and then wondering why your hair keeps getting shorter.

It is a half truth, meaning there is a little bit of truth and here is how it works. Hair breaks. Sometimes, people break their hair on purpose in the form of tearing off split ends. In any case, the longer you go without a haircut, the more breakage occurs because you don't take the time to remove all the broken hairs, split ends, and weakened strands. If you get your hair trimmed a small amount frequently, the damaged ends are removed and you can maintain a more consistent hair length, but no, it does not, in fact, "grow more." 

Breakage is also part of why your hairs are not all even. When you get your hair cut straight across the bottom, it's easy to see a straight line across your back where all the strands end evenly (yes, I realize a lot of people get texturized haircuts, but just let me demonstrate the point). Over time, the line disappears because you have different strands of different lengths. There are other variables besides breakage. Some hairs grow at a slightly different rate, so they will be slightly longer, but a lot of hair breaks. Some people have finer hair that breaks more. Whatever the case, each broken hair had a different breaking point, which you may have helped along when you saw that disgusting split end with seven branches coming off of it and made your hair look like a tree diagram and you just had to rip out right then!

Incidentally, ripping out your split ends makes them worse. On a microscopic level, when you rip a hair, it's almost like fraying a piece of fabric. It's not a clean cut and the end will just fray more and more. When you use scissors to make a clean cut, in a microscopic level, you are not fraying the end quite so much. The same thing happens when your hair breaks "naturally."

Image stolen from, who probably stole it from someone else. 

Yes, you have shit that looks like that on your body.

My free advice, which is worth about as much as you've paid for it, is to shampoo no more than every other day. If you have fine or oily hair, find a dry shampoo or powder for non-shampoo days. Over-washing hair makes it brittle, particularly for those with fine hair. You don't have to wash your off all your natural oils every day only to replace them with oils conditioner. It's dumb.

Also, "time" your hair and then cut accordingly. See how fast it grows. If it grows three inches a year, it wouldn't be practical to get an inch cut every four. Perhaps a half inch every three months. Cut according to how it grows. If you think this is out of your budget, then you probably have bigger problems than uneven hair. Maybe you can use the money you're saving on shampoo and conditioner and combine that with a Great Clips coupon.

Also, don't "pick" or "tear" your split ends or else.....

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