Summer is coming, the weather is getting hotter, and you’re probably thinking it is time to cut your hair. Whether you’re thinking about a pixie or you’re just trying to take a few inches off your locks, there’s a thing or two you should know about cutting your hair. What follows are some little known facts about getting your hair cut, and some tips to help you get the best out of your cut.

First off, cutting your hair more often doesn’t make it grow faster. Getting rid of the ends of your hair doesn’t directly effect hair growth. The ends of your hair don’t impact the follicles in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows. Trimming simply keeps hair healthier as it grows, and gets rid of those split ends.

You will also want to give yourself some time in between each trim instead of going with the typical 6-8 weeks. Hair begins to split around the 3-4 month mark, which is when you’ll actually need a trim. Now, split ends will continue to split up the length of the hair if you don’t trim them, making your hair brittle and weak. When you start seeing split ends more often than non-split ends, it’s time to get a cut.

When cutting your hair, you should layer it according to your hair texture. Tighter curls work best with layers that aren’t perfectly even, while straighter hair works best with more even layers.

Before cutting hair, skip the shampoo. You’ll be having your hair washed anyway, so there’s no need to dry out the cuticle twice. You can also skip the hair wash completely, as some hair is better to trim when dry. It’s best to trim natural hair when dry. For those with natural hair, it’s important to know that hair should be cut when dry. Head to a salon that specializes in natural tresses so you know you’re getting the best cut possible.

Looking to get your hair cut for less money? Check your local salons and see if there are any salon apprentices in the area. It’s a great way to not only help out a budding stylist with honing their skills and building a portfolio, but you’ll also get it a lot cheaper!

If you’re thinking about getting bangs, know what works best for your face and for your hair texture. Long, wispy bangs usually work best for a square face, while softer, shorter bangs work best to frame a round face.

Cutting off your hair doesn’t make hair care any easier. To keep them maintained, shorter cuts usually require more frequent trips to the salon to keep the shape and style fresh, which can end up costing more money, as well as time.

Sure, we’ve all got a folder full of haircut ideas saved or pinned on our phone, but make sure you have narrowed it down to several options you would be happy with. When you get to the salon, your stylist could tell you that a certain cut won’t work with your texture, or that it will actually require much more maintenance than you originally thought.

If you are about to make that plunge and get that summer hairstyle, follow these tips and you will enjoy that fresh warm weather look!

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