How Often Should You Get a Haircut?

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How Often Should You Get a Haircut?

One of the most asked question a barber gets is, “How often should I get my haircut?” As a general rule, the length of your hair is the primary factor which determines how often you’ll need to get a haircut to maintain your style as hair generally grows at the rate of half an inch per month (give or take a little depending on the guy).

I think the best groomed guys never really look like they’ve had a fresh haircut. So how often, exactly, should you be heading to the barber? Here’s my rule of thumb:

  • For any style where the shortest part of your hair is less than a half an inch, go in for a haircut at least every two weeks (weekly, if you can afford it).
  • Anything over an inch, add a week for each inch of length.
  • If your hair is four inches long, get a haircut monthly.
  • If the shortest part of your hair is eight inches long, head to the barber every eight weeks.

These are just some general guidelines on how often you should be getting your haircut. Again, I think you should get a haircut as often as your budget will allow and certainly before the haircut has grown to the point that it looks unkempt. I also recommend booking a recurring appointment with your barber and sticking to the schedule so you’ll always look fresh. Maintaining a recurring appointment also eliminates the hassle of trying to find an appointment (and possibly having to wait longer than necessary) every time you need a haircut.