7 Things To Consider Before Getting Your Hair Thinned Out If It's Your First Time

I don't care what anyone says — there is nothing more traumatizing than getting a bad haircut. You can pop the hair vitamins like no one's business and study yourself in the mirror daily, but it feels like it never changes. It just takes forever to grow back out. You might think you're totally ready to do it, but there are some things you need to consider before you get your hair thinned out. You want to avoid any hair trauma at all costs.

I have insanely thick hair, and I'm the first to say that I've always hated it. It's too heavy, it takes too long to dry, in the summer it gets hot, I could go on and on. So I finally took the plunge this last summer and got my hair thinned out. It took me about a week before I realized what a huge mistake I'd made, and it's finally now, after months and months, starting to look like the thick head of hair I was born with. I don't think I'll ever curse my thick locks again.

I made the decision on a whim while sitting in the hair salon. "Yeah! Go for it! Why not?" But had I done some research first, I probably would not have made that same decision. if you're contemplating thinning out your thick hair, here are a few things you need to consider first.

1. It's Going To Look Different

OK, so this one is pretty freaking obvious, but it's so obvious, it's often overlooked. The grass is always greener on the other side, but if you've never had thin hair before, it's going to look different, and even if you think you'll like that, you might not.

2. Styling Could Be Harder

I took for granted how easily my natural hair texture styled. It held curls without any spray, and I could put it in a braid or a bun and instantly get texture and movement without any heat, but once I thinned it out? Not so much. It was harder to style, and when I did get a style, it fell flat much quicker.

3. It Will Get Dirty Faster

If you're used to washing on the regs, this won't be a problem, but for all of thick hair's inconveniences, it does have one thing going for it: You can go way longer between washes.

4. Beware Of The Method Used

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If your stylist uses thinning shears, as long as they are used correctly, you should avoid damage, but razoring, another popular method of thinning, can cause your ends to look dry and frizzy.

5. It Will Alter Your Wave Pattern

If you have naturally wavy or curly hair and air dry it, prepare to see some differences. When you use texturizing shears, the natural wave pattern is altered, and your "wash and go" routine might not be as seamless anymore.

6. The Grow Out Is Rough

Getting your hair thinned out isn't like getting a haircut that's too short. When your hair starts to grow, the ends are still going to be thin. To get that thickness back, you're going to have to regrow the hair from your root. Imagine how long that will take.

7. To Fix It, You May Have To Go Blunt

If you just can't live with thinner ends anymore, a faster solution to waiting for it to grow is to cut your hair blunt. Blunt ends always make your hair look thicker, but if you're a fan of layers, or that "V" shape, then you might have to part with it for a while until your hair grows and thickens.

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