By Lexi Novak
"When my ends get so dry that I can't disguise them with hair oil." "When I start getting knots that don't come out, no matter how much conditioner I use." "When I just can't take it anymore." Ask someone when they know it's time for a haircut and these are a sampling of the answers you might receive. Lots of us have heard that we should go every six to eight weeks, but one rule can't possibly apply to all hair textures and lengths. Here's how to know when it's really, truly time for a trim.
If You Have Tight, Coarse Curls
If You Have Virgin Hair
Another great thing about being a young person? Their unprocessed hair is basically the healthiest it will ever be. If your hair has never been colored and you haven't yet exposed it to the rigors of frequent hot-tool usage (and you're in your early 20s), you can go up to three months between trims without any risk of looking frayed, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins.
If You Have Long Hair That's Wavy Or Straight
8 to 12 weeks
If you treat your long, uniform-length hair like your skin — moisturizing with masks, minimizing heat damage — you can wait 8 to 12 weeks until your next cut. The style doesn't have a specific shape that requires frequent maintenance, and if it's properly cared for your hair shouldn't split or break too quickly.
If You Have Fine Or Medium Curls
8 to 12 weeks
Because many people with curls tend to be vigilant about keeping their hair hydrated, it's usually healthy, says Hawkins. Two or three months is a safe break between cuts. Those with spirals on the finer side should keep the rotation closer to eight weeks, though. Too much length can make thin curls look stringy and stretched.
If You Have Long Layers
6 to 8 weeks
Ironically, this is the only category hairstylists actually suggest for the prevailing six- to eight-week rule. It's long enough to let your hair grow for length and short enough to keep face-framing pieces in place.
If You Have Lots of Different Layers
Week one: Layers have a textured, piecey look. Week four: Layers have a lived-in, sexy-rough look. Week eight: Layers have a wonky and ragged look. Heavily cut styles with lots of layers require six weeks to keep the lengths fresh.
If You Have a Bob Or Lob
"Clean, sharp lines grow out nicely, so geometric or A-line bobs without any nape graduation can go six weeks," says Hawkins. "Those cuts also don't tend to have layers in the crown that will lose their fullness."
If You Have Fine Hair That's Wavy Or Straight
4 to 6 weeks
Fine hair can be a fickle pain in the ass. You can go weeks with it looking pretty damn swell, and then you wake up one morning and it's a sad, limp head of meh. "The challenge with fine hair is the need to constantly reshape it without cutting too much off," says Hawkins, who advises waiting at least four but no more than six weeks to keep it in check.
If You Have Short Hair
Bowl, pixie, disconnected undercut — whatever you've got, growth will start to dilute the style, so it needs a trim every four weeks. That may seem like a big salon commitment, but a monthly appointment is usually easier to schedule and plan for than in-between timing, like six or ten weeks.
If You Have Damaged Hair
The bad news is there's no way to undo damage from chemical processing, coloring, or heat styling. The good news is regular monthly cuts will gradually phase out the busted hair while still allowing enough time for healthy roots to grow in.
If You Have Bangs
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