How often do you get a haircut? Some people go once a year and others routinely hit the salon every four weeks. But what is the right amount of time to wait before getting another trim? Good Housekeeping spoke with Meri Kate O’Connor, senior colorist and educator at Eva Scrivo Salon in New York City, about the matter.
She says you should get a haircut every six to eight weeks. When you cut your hair, it prevents the hair cuticle from splitting. “When the split goes up the hair shaft, it becomes so thin that it breaks — that’s when people get breakage,” O’Connor says. “Once you split your hair there’s no way to repair it.” Therefore, regular haircuts will keep your hair from splitting.
While every six to eight weeks is the general rule of thumb, there are other things to take into consideration. For instance, the length of hair, type of hair and condition of hair.
If you have short hair, experts say a cut every three to seven weeks is appropriate. If you have a structured cut, like Anna Wintour, you’ll probably be visiting your salon every three weeks.
If you have (healthy) medium to long hair, you only need to worry about getting a haircut three or four times a year. This is specifically for people with healthy hair, though!
If you have damaged hair, visit a salon every eight weeks. It’s important to trim off the dead ends and get your hair back to being healthy.
Another important thing to keep in mind: “A good haircut should last you the full eight weeks,” O’Connor says.