How Often Should You Cut Your Hair?

Written by Anjali Sayee

Looking for an escape from regular visits to a hair salon to cut or trim your hair and still keep it healthy? Well, here’s a secret – not all hair types require regular trimming to be healthy and gorgeous. The time of trimming varies, depending on your hair length, texture, and style. If you are curious to know how often you should cut your hair, scroll down to find out!

Let’s take a look at how often one should cut their hair depending on the length of their hair.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Based On Your Hair Length?

1. Short Hair

Short Hair


If you are someone who rocks short hairstyles like a pixie or bowl cut, you must cut your hair once every month. Short hair overgrows quicker than other hairstyles and must be maintained regularly. It may lose its distinctiveness if not trimmed regularly.

2. Medium Hair

Medium Hair


Medium hair (also known as shoulder-length hair) does not require as much attention as short hair. You may cut it once every 6 to 8 weeks. You may also reduce the frequency to once every 8 to 12 weeks should you want to increase its length.

3. Long Hair

Long Hair


You may cut long hair once every 3 to 6 months to keep it healthy.

The next section lists the different hair textures and how you can cut your hair for each.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Based On Your Hair Texture?

1. Coarse Hair

Coarse Hair


Coarse hair is usually thicker. Hence, you may trim it once every few months.

2. Fine Hair

Fine Hair


Fine hair may break easily. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep it shiny and healthy. Trimming once every 6 weeks should be ideal.

The following section discusses how often you should cut your hair based on your hair width.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Based On Your Hair Width?

1. Thick Hair

Thick Hair


People with thick hair can manage without cutting their hair too often. However, regular maintenance is crucial, more so with thick hair.

2. Thin Hair

Thin Hair


People with thin hair may notice their hair losing shine if not maintained regularly. Thin hair is also more prone to breakage. Hence, cutting it once every 3 months is ideal.

Your hairstyle can also determine how often you must cut your hair. Read through the following section to know more.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Based On Your Hairstyle?

1. Straight/Wavy Hair

StraightWavy Hair


People with straight or wavy hair may cut their hair once every 10 to 12 weeks. However, those with fine strands may cut it once every 6 to 8 weeks.

2. Curly Hair

Curly Hair


The advantage of curly hair is it does not make a difference even if it keeps growing. Hence, those with curly hair can wait for even a year before getting a haircut.

3. Coily Hair

Coily Hair


Coily hair needs trimming every 12 weeks. However, coily hair that gets dry more often or is prone to breakage needs to be trimmed more frequently.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair If You Have Bangs?

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair If You Have Bangs


Cutting bangs regularly keeps them from getting into your eyes. You may get them trimmed once every 2 weeks.

Hair exposed to excess heat may also need regular trimming or cutting. Learn more in the next section.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Exposed To Excess Heat?

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair Exposed To Excess Heat


Hair exposed to excess heat (by a hair straightener, dryer, or a curler) needs extra care. Such hair often gets damaged faster and cutting it once every few weeks should be ideal.

Even chemically treated hair needs regular trimming. Know more about it in the following section.

How Often Should You Cut Chemically-Treated Hair?

How Often Should You Cut Chemically-Treated Hair


Chemically treated hair may also be prone to damage and split ends. Cutting it once every eight weeks can help prevent split ends and breakage.

While cutting your hair every 6 weeks is the usual norm, it can differ between hair types. Knowing your hair type and length and cutting/trimming it accordingly can prolong its health and appearance. Keep the pointers we discussed in mind, and your hair will thank you!

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.