10 Obvious signs you need a haircut ASAP

10 Obvious signs you need a haircut ASAP

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Text: Redzhanna Jazmin

Image: Instagram: @BleachLondon

It’s not an exact science, but these hair signs are a pretty good indication you need to call your hairstylist.

If we’re honest, haircuts are time-consuming and often a little pricey, so it’s understandable if you’re hesitant to get a chop until you’re absolutely sure you need one. Besides—long, luscious, lengthy locks are in style right now, with Rapunzel-length extensions and wigs making rounds in the Hollywood-sphere as of late. Plus, it’s easy to get caught up in the fear of losing too much length at the hair salon (when has your stylist ever just taken off a single inch, eh?).

Unfortunately, if you’re waiting for every end to split before your next haircut, it’s probably already too late. Once your hair is split and damaged, there’s no going back—skipping the haircuts will only give the damage more time to get worse.

It’s difficult to find out exactly when you need a trim before breaking point, what with all the different hair types and textures there are out there. That said, although the details definitely vary from person-to-person (and texture-to-texture), there are many tell-tale signs that apply to any head of hair.

Ahead, find out when you should start booking an appointment at your go-to salon:


Sign #1: Split ends galore

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This one is kind of a no-brainer. If your ends are riddled with feathery splits, you’ll want to give it a good trim. Like we said—leave it be and it will only get worse.

Note: Make sure that you’re cutting them off properly to keep your hair healthy, and that means making a trip to the hair salon.


Sign #2: Your hair tapers when you braid it

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This is what happens when your hair splits or breaks off—eventually you lose thickness and weight in your ends. To be fair, this could also just be a sign that you’ve got layers, but if you don't, it's time to head over to the salon.

Healthy hair should be the same thickness from root to end; so, if you’re seeing anything else, then the damage has already been done and you need a trim.

Sign #3: Your ends are dry and your roots are oily

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Now, this could just mean that you’ve got naturally oily hair type. However, if you find that your ends are perpetually dry no matter what conditioners you’re chucking at it, it’s a pretty good indication that it’s fixing for a haircut.

Why? As we mentioned, the hair cuticle towards your ends become more and more susceptible to damage over time. Plus, the longer your hair gets, the less conditioning your ends get from your natural oils of the scalp. As the damage worsens, your shaft becomes more porous, which reduces its ability to retain moisture, hence it dries out. The only way to undo the damage is a trim.

For future reference, if you want to extend the time between cuts, you have to make sure that you’re giving your ends a little extra TLC by deep conditioning at least once a week, on top of conditioning daily. It’s the only way to prolong the inevitable.


Sign #4: Your hair is a rat’s nest

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Is your hair tangling more frequently than it used to? Is your comb struggling to detangle? Unfortunately, tangled hair is a consequence of damaged and split ends. So, if you’re struggling with a rat’s nest situation on your head, you may want to get that haircut ASAP.


Sign #5: Your hair can’t hold any style

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Another downside to porous and damaged ends is that the hair loses the ability to hold any style. This is because your porous hair takes up moisture as quickly as it loses it, so humidity takes effect far more efficiently. In addition to the length potentially weighing it down, this is a recipe for disaster. As a result, your hair is unable to hold down any style, and the effort of your 20-minute heat styling routine is completely wasted within the hour.

Yeah, give your ends a trim.


Sign #6: Your hair is limp

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If your hair is limp, it’s likely that the sheer weight of its length is weighing it down. Limpness doesn’t necessarily have to go hand in hand with damage, so if you’re not keen on losing your length, you don't have to!

However, consider reshaping your hair—this basically means that you can keep the length (we all love an impressively long mane, after all), but have your stylist throw in a few long layers to add some volume.


Sign #7: Your short hair has lost its shape

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Whether you’re sporting a pixie or a trendy bob, you can generally tell that it’s time for a chop when your hair starts looking a little unruly. A little trip to the salon will keep your hair looking fresh.


Sign #8: Your thick curls have gone triangular

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Look at the shape of your hair—if your full, voluminous mane of curls has lost its shape and now resembles a triangle, you need to get your hair cut and reshaped.


Sign #9: Your fine, curly hair has lost its pattern

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On the other end of the spectrum, if your curls have turned to waves, you need a cut to whip them back into shape (or opt for a really thorough deep conditioning).


Sign #10: You’re bored

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Why wait for your hair to get dry and damaged? If you’re itching to switch up your style, it's time for a haircut!


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