Whether you went ahead and chopped off a few inches in search of the lob or went for a full-blown fringe, suddenly we’re going to great lengths for some extra length.
According to hair maestro, Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader salon, the key to maintaining your mane and avoiding your hairdresser needing to lop off a good couple of inches is making sure you keep on top of that six-weekly ‘baby’ trim.
“A baby trim is when you don’t want a haircut but you really just need a few millimetres taken off to strengthen and keep the ends looking healthy so they will grow nicely. By doing this you’re keeping split ends at bay and your strands will grow faster and more importantly, stronger.”
The obvious signs of crossing that line are very clear.
Leaving your haircut too long between cuts will only encourage those split ends to split further up the hair shaft, which then leads to your hairdresser snipping even more length off which isn’t the goal for growing your hair.
“Your ends will become more wispy and frayed, so in turn your hair style won’t perform as well and you won’t get the longevity to last the distance,” explains Nader.
“For those with coloured hair, your ends will tend to look dehydrated and faded, so you can keep your colour looking sharp by having the ends trimmed.”
But you can give your strands a helping hand – literally.
“Give yourself a rosemary oil scalp massage. You simply add a couple of drops to your shampoo or, dilute it with another oil like olive or coconut, and apply it directly to your scalp and massage it in and then rinse it out after a few minutes.”
And when you’re making your next product investments, make sure you ask your hairdresser to prescribe you key scientific ingredients as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, omega 9, castor oil and coconut as “these guys will give your hair strands a 100% boost”.
By Ashleigh Austen