How Often You Should Get A Haircut, According To Science — PHOTOS

Most hairstylists advocate getting your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks to grow it out, but is that really necessary? I scouted out how often to get a haircut, according to science, not just hairstylists, to find the truth. Turns out, there's some surprising validity behind the six to eight week claim.

Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City, told Huffington Post, "Cutting the hair will have no influence on its rate of growth. That is something that is predetermined genetically." But, she continued to point out, "The benefits of regular trims are many and varied. They will aid in keeping the ends from splitting and looking frayed, thereby giving the appearance of healthier and longer hair." Lastly, she added that if you're trying to grow out your hair, part of your care strategy "should include a trim every six (perfect world) to eight weeks."

Aveda Global Artistic Director of Styling Allen Ruiz elaborated, telling DailyMakeover that we should all "get trims more often to prevent split ends." When you start to have split ends, there's not turning back. "Once the breakage has spread up the hair shaft, you have no choice but to cut it off — and that means losing length," said Ruiz. Looks like I'll be calling up my stylist in a few weeks after all...

However, if getting a trim every six to eight weeks sounds a little financially ambitious for you, there are several budget-friendly hacks you can incorporate into your routine to prevent split ends and extend the benefits of each trim you do get. Good luck growing out those strands!

1. Use A Deep Conditioning Mask

Coconut Oil And Olive Oil Hair Mask, $8.99, Pampered Locks

A weekly deep conditioning hair treatment will protect hair from dryness and breakage. My favorite is this super luxurious coconut and olive oil mask.

2. Opt For A Leave-In Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioner, $12.39, Healthy Sexy Hair

Walk out the door with your hair extra hydrated by spritzing a few quick sprays of nourishing leave-in conditioner.

3. Choose A Thermal Protectant Spray

Thermal Creation Heat Tamer Spray, $7, TRESemme

One of the biggest causes of dry, split ends is using styling tools without any protectant spray. A spray or two before you curl your hair to perfection could save you some major damage later.

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