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Old 10-23-2011, 09:05 AM   #21
 
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Lol! Do an elasticity test with a strand of shed hair. If it breaks right off then you need moisture. If it's stretchy before it snaps, them you need protein. If there are splits, you need protein.
So what will it do if it's just right?
Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything!

Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?
I meant how would you know!
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So what will it do if it's just right?
Then your balance is perfect and you don't have to do anything!

Mine went stretchy before it snapped. Why is it bad for hair to be stretchy?
I meant how would you know!
oh read it wrong...Well I guess if it was just right if you pulled it, it wouldn't stretch or at least it wouldn't stretch much, but it also wouldn't break apart straight away, like you'd have to put some force on it before it broke.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #23
 
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I think is definetly neccessary to trim. I am also not a believer an doing your own trimming. I used to trim every 12 weeks, my hairdresser suggested 8 weeks...at first i didn't listen figured she wanted my money...but i tell you what...my hair is so much healthier now and i can maintain length better. I am one who gets my hair blowed out for trimming and i really like it like that. Trimming along with good moisture regimine has been key to my hair success.
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I don't know if trims are necessary or not, but I am putting the theory to the test. I got my last haircut a year ago in July. If I don't have at least 11 inches by next July I'll reconsider trims, but if I do have that length then I'll probably scr*w'em. I don't have split ends, so so far I'm on the don't bother side of fence.
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Hmmmmmmmm................I feel that temptation^.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:49 PM   #26
 
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I'm a big believer in trims. I used to get them every 8 wks when I had a relaxer and my hair retained great length. My hairdresser suggests every 6 months for me now. If I don't get it done, normally my hair starts knotting like crazy.
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i havent had a trim for about 5 months, i go through my hair and look out for split ends n that, but i might find 5 hairs in every 50..... so i dont think i need to. my ends are coloured from 18 months ago but its growing out when its at a nice length, (mid-lower back) then ill cut the coloured off
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i havent had a trim for about 5 months, i go through my hair and look out for split ends n that, but i might find 5 hairs in every 50..... so i dont think i need to. my ends are coloured from 18 months ago but its growing out when its at a nice length, (mid-lower back) then ill cut the coloured off
I feel that way as well. Maybe during my 2nd year or 3rd year mark I may cut the color off or just until it gets to a length that I am satisfied with.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:39 PM   #29
 
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Some people don't need it. When I was permed I only cut/trimmed once a year. That may be all you need if you are caring well for your ends.
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I'm bumping this thread because of my experiment. I cut my hair to 1 inch on top and .5 inch on the sides in July of 2010 and that's the last time I've been to the salon. I said I'd check back in July 2012 to decide if I need to trim.

My results are 12 inches total on top and 10 inches on the sides, which averages just under 11 inches retained. I'm going to go to the hair salon to get an inch trimmed off due to single strand knots and in the future do search and destroys for the knots. I'm also going to start pineappling to hopefully prevent hair loss on the sides of my head. But so far I plan to only trim once a year and only if I don't see improvement in retention.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #31
 
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I just got a trim last week. I had to get like 3 inches off because i ends were very bad. I do not have color treated hair or anything but my hair has just been shedding a lot lately. Since I've gotten the trim my hair feels much better.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #32
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I have to because I'm in my pool as much as possible and can't be bothered to cover my hair. My hair is a mess from sun and chlorine. I can't get it to my shoulders or even thereabouts b/w having dry hair and shrinkage.
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I'm bumping this thread because of my experiment. I cut my hair to 1 inch on top and .5 inch on the sides in July of 2010 and that's the last time I've been to the salon. I said I'd check back in July 2012 to decide if I need to trim.

My results are 12 inches total on top and 10 inches on the sides, which averages just under 11 inches retained. I'm going to go to the hair salon to get an inch trimmed off due to single strand knots and in the future do search and destroys for the knots. I'm also going to start pineappling to hopefully prevent hair loss on the sides of my head. But so far I plan to only trim once a year and only if I don't see improvement in retention.
I'd be very interested to hear what routine or extra care you used to maintain your ends. I am a serial trimmer now, but have been wondering if I switched up my end's maintenance would I be able to stretch my trims more.

Also, do you (general you, so everyone chime in!) think that end maintenance (read trims or other strategies) become more important as the length increases? Before last year's trim disaster, I had about 16-17 inches, but I definitely noticed my ends where less dense than my roots (I trimmed irregularly
during this time). Maybe for me there is a cusp where trim's become much more important as my length increases. Has anyone else had this experience?
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My guess is that the older your ends, the better you have to treat them. but again I don't know if that equates to trimming. I (a la Terri Laflesh ) think that if you take care of your hair/ends you don't need to do lots of trimming because they won't be damaged. However, I do get knots (even multiple knots) so I think I'll see if I like yearly trimming or not.

I haven't done anything special to my ends these last two years but I am going to try to treat them better. My plan is to start pineappling, try to put extra oil and conditioner on them when I cowash and to put butter on them everyday. I should mention that currently I cowash everyday, but I hope to cut that down soon once I find a good moisturizer/refresher. The experiment continues.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #35
 
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If my hair was chemically colored, I would probably do trims. In general, I don't do trims at all unless my ends are looking ragged. I don't use heat, don't do any chemical processing...etc etc, so my ends are fine. If I do trim it's probably 1-2x a year. Since I am growing my hair out, I just keep it healthy and trim as little as possible. I think once I hit my goal length I'll just do regular trims.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:21 PM   #36
 
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I dont use chemicals or direct heat but I trim often like every 6 to 8 weeks. I do it in twists and I dont cut a lot usually. It makes my hair look better because my ends tend to not curl well after awhile. I guess because of my growth rate I am still continueing to add length.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #37
 
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I realized that frequent trims were not necessary for me and that they were sabotaging all of my growth. I always wanted to buy a pair of nice shears and trim me and my daughters' heads. I am on a no trim kick right now.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #38
 
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I don't think it is. If you NEED one, then go ahead. But I almost NEVER trim my hair.


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Old 07-22-2012, 02:02 AM   #39
 
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I want to get a trim/dusting, but I'm in a slight dilemma. I'm not sure I trust anywhere to go around here (Dover AFB, DE), and then I bought a pair of shears but I'm terrified of cutting it myself, even though I've watched tons of youtube vids and read articles. I'm 18 months post big chop and I'm at about 9.5 inches, no extreme breakage or shedding, and I thought I had tons of SSKs but after a search and destroy I got about 20-30 at most. I haven't stepped in a salon post BC. I don't think my ends are too bad, they curl up on their own and pretty much feel like the rest of my hair....

I'm thinking that I may hold out till my 2 year anniversary and when I'm back home in DC...

Has anyone found any really effective ways to keep their ends soft and moisturized? effective products or techniques?
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:46 AM   #40
 
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I think its necessary to trim. The frequency depends on the individual. I trim every 3 months. It's normally just a dusting but in the beginning of my journey I was loosing a half inch. I've since learned to DC more, remove products with coconut from my regi.

I've done pretty well, no splits and minimal ssk's so now my trims are mostly to keep my cut shaped nicely as it grows out.

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