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    Question Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    As some of you might know from my other posts on the forum, my hemline is messy and thin. This used to be different, as I got my hair trimmed at a salon about three times a year. I stopped going there, however, because it left me stuck at APL~BSL forever. I haven't been to a salon in almost five years now. My partner trims off the thinnest part of my hair every few months, which by far isn't as much as the 2 inches I lost each time I went to a salon. As I stopped visiting salons, I started S&Ding. During these five years, I have gained some length, and I am now at MBL, the longest I've ever had my hair! However, I'm quite ashamed of my hemline. I've always had a straight hemline and my dream goal is terminal length with a straight, thick hemline.

    My individual ends are in good condition, at least compared to the way they used to be (even when I still visited salons). I do notice many of them are thin compared to the upper parts of the hairs, but I can hardly find any real damage. I've read some people here on the forum don't S&D because it could contribute to a thinner hemline. I can see the reasons behind this, and it has left me wondering whether I should quit S&Ding. On the other hand, I can really feel a difference after a long S&D session, as it definitely makes my hair feel softer.

    I hope some of you are willing to share your opinions on this. I'm curious about your experiences with S&Ding and maintaining a thick hemline
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    If I do an extensive S&D session, I usually microtrim (using the ponytail method) immediately following. I am trying to maintain a blunt hemline and thicken up the last 3-4 inches of my hair, and this method seems to work well for me.
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    Vanilla, how often do you do that?
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    Recently, I've needed to do extensive S&D sessions about once per week, as I'm dealing with a lot of mid-shaft breakage. I will only microtrim about 1/8 inch when I'm doing S&D so often.

    If I'm not dealing with much breakage, then I'll microtrim about 1/4 inch off every 2-3 months after S&D.
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    That depends. Are you snipping off a lot while doing S&D? Are you cutting off only splits and white dots or healthy hairs as well. If you are snipping off over half your thickness in several sessions, yes it counts! But you'd only be doing that in case of major damage.
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    I've stopped s&d sessions as I thinned out one side of my hair, I do have trich tendencies though and don't know when to put the scissors down. If you feel it is thinning out your hair you would probably be best just sticking to micro-trimming.
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    Also "terminal length" and "thick, full hemline" are basically opposite. Terminal length is basically your hair fading to nothing. You have to chose one or the other!
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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    Unless you have quite damaged hair, S&D shouldn't affect your hemline. Only a hemline trim should do that. Doesn't sound like your hair is very damaged.

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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    I don't know about anyone else's splits, but mine mean that the hair will break off on its own eventually. By snipping above the split, I prevent it from going up further. By snipping above a white dot, I prevent it from breaking at the white dot and forming a new split. If I weren't to S&D I would keep thickness a little bit longer, but those damaged hairs would break in time and my hair would be thinner anyway. By cutting off the damage, I'm hopefully ensuring a thicker hemline in the future.

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    Default Re: Giving up S&D in order to get a thicker hemline?

    Quote Originally Posted by Magalo View Post
    Also "terminal length" and "thick, full hemline" are basically opposite. Terminal length is basically your hair fading to nothing. You have to chose one or the other!
    This here ^^. You can also think of it also more as "terminal time". The longest one individual hair may grow might be shorter than the hair next to it on your head, which is one reason why when you reach the goal of terminal length you'll most likely have fade to nothing fairy tale ends.

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