According to Townsend, regular cuts—even if it’s just a dusting—are essential for helping your hair to look and feel as thick as possible.
“There’s no saving a truly split end,” he says point-blank. “Yes, there are products that can mask runs and fish hooks, but you really have to snip them off to get rid of them for good. And the longer you wait, the more hair you’ll have to part with down the road.”
Trimming off those ends isn’t something you have to do every three to four weeks, however, just heed Townsend’s advice and book an appointment every eight to 12 weeks or so.
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This piece was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.