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ISSUE: How to Grow Out Damaged Hair?

September 5, 2012 at 4:36 am | Color-Treated Hair, Damaged Hair, Dry Hair, This Month's Hair Q&A's | No comment

Dear Philip,

I love your products and am using them to get my hair back to good condition after too much colouring. I’m also trying to grow my hair. I know hairdressers generally recommend getting a trim every couple of months but wondered what your opinion is on the subject? Once again, love your products – have tried so many shampoos/conditioners over the years but yours are the only ones I would recommend.

Dear Mari,

Thanks so much for your message. You’re right: The rule of thumb says that you should get a trim every 8-10 weeks, to help maintain your style and clear away dry, damaged ends. (That’s important because split ends have a tendency to travel up the hair shaft, creating frizz as they go.) But a lot depends on the length of your hair and degree of damage.

Do you have long hair? Long hair tends to be dry and fragile at the bottom, and those ends can get thin and wispy-looking without regular trims. Chemical treatments and heated styling tools can also sap your hair of moisture, making it more brittle and likely to fray. That said, I totally understand your desire to minimize trims while you’re growing your hair out. So here’s my opinion: If you condition your hair properly — especially making sure that the ends have a proper lipid balance — you can extend the time between trims to 4 or even 5 months. That means using a deeply moisturizing shampoo (like my Russian Amber or Oud Royal Shampoos); a conditioner in the shower (like my Lightweight Deep Conditioning Cream); a leave-in conditioner (like Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner) if your hair is very dry; and — drumroll now, because this is especially key — a Rejuvenating Oil treatment once or twice a week. Trust me, with that regimen, your hair will grow out looking healthy, glossy and gorgeous, and in record time!

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