Is it Normal for Hair to Break After Trimming?
Posted by Dalilah,
The short answer to this is no. Trimming our hair does not in itself cause or trigger breakage. The long answer to this is that hair tends to taper at the ends as at grows longer. This is because the ends of your hair are the oldest parts of your hair, they have therefore been through the most and are naturally the weakest.
Imagine your hair in braids, I know that personally, when im getting to the end of a braid the width of my hair decreases into a cone shape. This triangular end is the tapered section of your hair and the ideal section for trimming away. Assuming you trim all of this tapered section off, hair breakage should not directly occur as a result of this. If you notice you have split ends after a trim, it is likely that you were overly conservative in the amount of hair you chose to cut off. This doesn't necessarily mean that you should go and cut more off, if your priority is to grow your hair longer, then it makes sense to cutt of less than the amount your hair has grown in a month. But if your priority is to retain only the strongest parts of your hair, then it would make sense to cut off all of the damaged hair. It can also be a very emotional process, cutting off hair that you spent so long trying to grow, but when the ends of our hair are tapered, the shaft of the hair is literally wearing away, and it is the shaft of the hair that protects the internal cortex of the hair. Once this part of the hair starts to become exposed, then the risk for split ends and increased breakage increases. What you can do to achieve minimal breakage is to practice regular moistirising, sealing and protective styling whilst you aim to retain lenth. Have you experienced breakage after trimming? How did you take control of the situation? Please share your experiences with us in our comments section below.
Happy Hair Hugging! x