How Often Does Your Hair Need To Be Maintained?
It's true what they say; time really does fly, and if you're not paying attention, it's easy to forget to keep up with the little things. One such "little thing" is that of self-care which, coincidentally, plays a major role in what the kids are calling: "living your best life." Therefore, scheduling time for personal maintenance is absolutely crucial, and it helps to know how often one should do so in advance. So, to save you the stress, I've put together this list for reference, broken down by hair type and style, to help you pre-book the little things in life that aren't so little after all.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU: GET A HAIRCUT?
Getting your hair trimmed regularly helps maintain style and shape, and prevents breakage by doing away with split ends; but how often is appropriate for your hair specifically?
Every 2-4 Weeks If You Have:
Every 4-6 Weeks If You Have:
A bob or "lob", a pixie cut, a heavily texturized or layered haircut, fine hair that breaks easily, or damaged hair.
Every 6-8 Weeks If You Have:
Medium to long hair that is fine to normal in density and straight or wavy, or long layers.
Every 8-12 Weeks If You Have:
Medium to tight curls, long hair that is normal to coarse in density, or virgin hair.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU: TOUCH UP YOUR COLOR?
Color is so customizable these days that it can be tailored to meet your specific wants and needs, including how often you are able to visit the salon. It's always advisable to consult with your stylist about creating a pre-book schedule, but here are the basics:
For traditional highlights that are to the scalp, maintenance is required every 6-8 weeks.
Balayage or Foilayage:
For highlights that are blended with a natural root color by method of balayage or foilayage, touch ups are only required every 3-5 months; however, toners, trims, and treatments may be required earlier to maintain the overall appearance and health of the hair.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU: GET HAIR TREATMENTS?
While not everyone gets or requires hair treatments, those that do know how unmanageable their hair can become when too much time slips by without a refresh.
Toners and Glosses:
Toners and glosses (also known as glazes) usually fade out of the hair after about 6 weeks.
Deep Conditioning/Bond Building Treatments:
This varies person to person, so ask your stylist how often your hair needs to be treated! For hair that is particularly parched or damaged, it will most likely be recommended to do weekly treatments at home.
While you can't always predict what life has in store, you can, in fact, predict how long it will take for your roots to show; so why leave it to the last minute to book an appointment with your favorite stylist?