The Main Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing, According to Julia Roberts’ Colorist
If you’re a Who What Wear Beauty regular, then you know that hair health is important to us. At this point, we’ve tapped our network of mane whisperers and dermatologists an obscene number of times to get to the bottom of the coveted healthy hair formula, but alas, there’s always more to learn. There’s one specific length-stifling culprit that comes up every time we seek advice on growing luscious hair: split ends.
If the mere sight of that term just sent a chill down your spine, you’ve probably spent a lot of time and money trying to rid your head of these dreaded frayed ends. Not only do they diminish luster and shine, but they also compromise the entire hair shaft, leaving your hair vulnerable to severe breakage that can sabotage everything from length retention to fullness.
“Hair not only breaks horizontally but gets thin vertically, and before you know it, the circumference of your ponytail is half of what it used to be,” says celebrity colorist and co-founder of Highbrow Hippie, Kadi Lee. Among her star-studded clientele is Julia Roberts, who’s just about covered the entire hair color spectrum without missing a beat, thanks to the magical hands handling her strands.
Now, growing long hair isn’t on everyone’s priority list, nor should it be. Our research on the topic has taught us that due to a number of genetic and health reasons, this isn’t always possible. We want to make one thing clear: Your hair is beautiful at any length—whether it’s closely buzzed, cut into a bob, or growing down past your waist. We always encourage our audience to seek optimal health in all their beauty endeavors, and if you wind up looking damn good in the process, that’s just an added bonus.
That said, split ends have got to go. “Think of your hair like a fine fabric. It is durable and resilient, yet it is important to follow basic care steps to prevent your hair from splitting,” says Phyto Haircare educational director Christyn Narwot. “Hair is most porous on the ends, making it very fragile and vulnerable to those pesky split ends.” And while the most effective fix for split ends is—you guessed it—staying on top of regular trims.
Narwot recommends a trim every 5–6 weeks for shorter styles and at least every 8–10 weeks for longer styles to help prevent the hair from splitting. Luckily, there are some thoughtful steps and nutrient-dense treatments you can incorporate into your routine to make sure you don’t end up totally ravaged by split ends.
Ahead, check out the expert-recommended products to keep your hair healthy and thriving between trims.