Split Ends: The Cause of Stunted Hair Growth, or Not?


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As a girl I've always had a brewing curiosity about whether or not split ends actually cause hair to grow at a slower pace or not.  I've heard people say it all the time, and my hair dresser insists I get my hair cut every six months, but is there any truth behind it?  I've encountered plenty of girls who get their hair cut religiously to maintain a fast growing pace, and I've also met girls who say "to hell with haircuts!"  These opposing reactions have always left me confused.  Therefore, I've gone through phases of constantly getting my hair cut, to avoiding the salon for months at a time, to simply going when I get bored.

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But now the truth has been discovered.  I've finally realized I could simply Google the concept, and there would be plenty of websites giving me the truth behind it.  DRUM ROLL PLEASE... It's a myth!  Split ends have absolutely NO effect on the speed of hair growth.  I'm in shock I've been considering believing this lie for so long. It turns out the only negative to having split ends is that your hair becomes unhealthy and dead, but it still grows at the same pace it normally would!

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So there you go girls, and guys who love their flow too!  Feel free to cut it whenever you please!

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SOURCES
split ends website - http://www.hairfinder.com/hair4/split-ends-grow.htm

split ends website 2 - http://stop-hair-growth.blogspot.com/2010/02/why-do-split-ends-stop-hair-growth.html

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I always thought split ends had that affect too. I'm so glad to hear it's a myth. But I still understand why we need to go to the hair salons every few months. They just want our hair to be healthy and look great. Also split ends are not a pretty sight to see. I found some cool websites where it gives you suggestions on how to avoid getting split ends, you should check it out...
Oprah's hair advice
Prevent split ends.

Kelsey,
After having spent the entire past two years trying to grow my hair out, I can totally relate to your dilemma. However, the reason you hear people say to trim your hair every 6 months is because if you don't, you will accumulate several split ends. When you go to get your hair cut the next time, the hairdresser will have to cut off even more hair to get it healthy again versus if you got regular trims. That's why people say getting regular hair cuts gives you longer hair. They just forgot to leave out the part mentioning that it's a long run effect. I'm definitely the type of girls who only gets her hair cut once, maybe twice a year, because now a days it's so expensive. A Cosmopolitan poll reported that women are spending upwards of $44 per haircut! Maybe if getting our hair done wasn't so expensive or time consuming, we would all have luscious, flowing locks!

BTW, if split ends are really a problem, try keratin treatment! I got mine done last year and it legitimately saved my hair

Sometimes I wonder if women will ever get tired of long hair and then I see the scrutiny that Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus went through when they cut off their lovely locks. I found this article really relevant to the young ladies in our class because girls are always searching for answers to beauty's life long questions. While I already knew that dead ends had nothing to do with hair growth, it was nice to see some concrete evidence. For ladies that are looking for more ways to make their hair grow faster, check out this article by Marie Claire: http://mathdl.maa.org/images/upload_library/22/Ford/Davis311-320.pdf

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