Cutting split ends individually
Split ends may make your hair seem dry and damaged. Fortunately, there are a few quick fixes for those troublesome split ends that will leave your hair looking healthy after just a few minutes of cutting. Dusting is a technique for removing split ends while keeping your hair length the same. It involves twisting or sliding your fingers along a strand of hair to uncover the damage. If your hair’s ends are frayed and need to be trimmed, go for a traditional trim and take off a few inches using sharp cutting shears.
Twisting Your Hair
1. After combing a 1 inch (2.5 cm) segment of dry hair, separate it. It’s best if your hair is dry so that the split ends can be seen readily. In your hands, take a 1 inch (2.5 cm) part of your hair and brush it if it’s snarled.
- The hair part doesn’t have to be precisely 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length—if your hair is thin, you may take a larger section, and if your hair is thick, you can pick a smaller one.
- It’s better to start on one side of your head so that the portions of hair don’t become jumbled up as you continue.
2. To disclose the split ends, forcefully twist the segment of hair. Begin twisting at the top of the segment of hair and work your way down. Continue twisting the strand until it is securely twisted across the whole region. When the hair is twisted, the ends of some strands should emerge from the twist.
3. Trim the split ends of the twisted part that are sticking out. Examine the ends that protrude from the twist; the majority of them are likely broken ends. Cut around 0.5 centimetres (0.20 in) off each split end with the cutting shears to show healthy hair.
- Begin at the top of the strand and work your way down, cutting off the split ends. This will guarantee that none of them are missed.
- Use a mirror to chop off split ends if you have shorter hair that is more difficult to see.
- Keep in mind that your hair will be of varying lengths as a consequence of this.
4. If desired, re-twist the strand of hair in the other way. Undo the twist you made to obtain even more split ends. Start twisting the strand of hair in the other direction to assist split ends that didn’t show up during the initial twist become evident. Snip the split ends with the cutting shears as well.
- If you twisted the hair strand clockwise the first time, twist it counterclockwise the second time.
5. Reverse the twisting technique with a fresh piece of hair. Next to the old part, take a 1 inch (2.5 cm) length of hair and twist it like the first. Repeat the procedure of firmly twisting it and clipping the protruding ends with sharp cutting shears for a clean cut. Continue cutting various portions of your head until you’ve gone around your whole head.
- To prevent misunderstanding, use a hair clip or tie to keep back areas that you’ve previously cut.
Using the Sliding Technique
1. Make sure your hair is straight and dry. If your hair is already naturally straight, all you have to do is brush it well. If you have wavy or curly hair, straightening it as well as combing it will help the split ends pop up more easily.
- If your hair is wavy, you may just need to blow dry it instead of using a straightener.
- Remember to use a heat protectant if you’re using a hair straightener to prevent even more split ends!
2. Pull a 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of hair together. To segment your hair, use a little comb. The 1 inch (2.5 cm) intervals are just a suggestion—thick hair may need smaller portions, while ultra thin hair may require a bigger section.
- If necessary, brush the strand of hair with the comb once more.
3. Place your hair in the midst of your three middle fingers. Weave the strand of hair between your index and middle fingers, then between your ring and little fingers. You should only see your hair on the top of your middle finger after doing this.
- Place your fingers near the roots in this manner so that you may slip your fingertips along the thread.
4. Look for the split ends that appear when you place your finger over them. You should notice ends popping out of the piece of hair visible on your middle finger if you weave your hair in between your middle three fingers. Look for split ends that need to be trimmed.
- If you have layers in your hair, double-check that the end jutting out is a split end and not simply a shorter strand of hair.
- If you can’t see the strand of hair readily, use a mirror to assist you find the split ends.
5. As you glide your fingers along the piece of hair, clip off the split ends. Hold the scissors perpendicular to the strand of hair to make it easier to snip off any split ends that are sticking out. Slowly slide your fingers along the hair strand, clipping out broken ends as you go.
- Only roughly 0.13 inch (0.33 cm) of hair has to be clipped off.
6. Rep with a fresh part of hair, using the same steps. Next to the one you just clipped, gather a fresh piece of hair. Place your fingers in the same position as the split ends and begin cutting them off as you see them. Carry with this procedure all over your head, eradicating broken ends while maintaining your length.
- To keep the portions of hair you’ve previously clipped out of the way, use a hair clip or tie to clump them together.
Trimming the Ends
1. To eliminate any knots, brush your moist hair thoroughly. If you like, use a metal comb or a brush with natural bristles. While wetting your hair beforehand is beneficial regardless of hair type, it is very required for wavy or curly hair so that it straightens out as you brush it.
- Your hair doesn’t have to be dripping wet; it simply has to be moist.
- To assist spread the water, run your brush under the water before brushing your hair.
- It’s preferable to trim your hair while it’s dry if you have textured hair. When it’s damp, it won’t straighten.
2. Separate a portion of hair using a little comb. Use a tiny comb to collect a 1 inch (2.5 cm) portion of hair after it has been combed through. To keep track of whatever areas you’ve previously trimmed, start on one side of your head.
3. Between your index and middle fingers, tuck the hair portion. Starting at the top of the piece of hair, place it between your index and middle fingers, ensuring that your fingers are securely gripping the strand.
- If desired, you may use any additional fingers; the most essential thing is that the strand of hair is pushed straight.
4. Slide your fingers from the top of the hair area to the bottom. This will maintain the portion of hair straight, enabling you to receive an exact representation of your ends. When there’s just around 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair remaining at the end, stop moving your fingers.
- Pull the strand away from your neck and out in front of you as you slide your fingers along the strand of hair. This will make it easier to cut the strand.
5. Remove 0.4–0.8 inches (1.0–2.0 cm) of hair from the ends of the segment. To obtain an equal cut, make the cut perpendicular to the strand of hair. You may need to remove more than 0.8 inches if you have split ends that extend far up the hair shaft (2.0 cm).
- To be safe, start by chopping off a tiny portion. If required, you can easily chop off more.
6. Repeat the technique with the next segment of hair. Using the same method as previously, split out another 1 inch (2.5 cm) of hair and cut the ends perpendicular to the strand. To cut the right length, use the preceding section as a reference. Trim the ends of your hair all the way around your head to get an equal cut.
- If at all feasible, have someone assist you with the back of your head.
- To minimize misunderstanding, use a hair tie or clip to separate hair that needs to be trimmed from hair that has already been trimmed.
Preventing Split Ends
1. Conditioner should be used on a regular basis to keep your hair moisturized. Don’t forget to apply conditioner after bathing your hair, and massage the conditioner into your ends. Hair may split and break for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is a lack of moisture.
- For the greatest results, use a conditioner after every shampoo. Even if you don’t wash your hair, you may use a daily leave-in conditioner to keep it moisturized.
2. Weekly thorough hair treatments are recommended. Do a thorough treatment on your hair at least once a week or so to give it a boost. Deep treatments provide your hair more hydration and protection, so even if you don’t wash or condition for 2-3 days, your hair will retain a lot of moisture.
3. Use heat tools sparingly. Curling irons and hair straighteners, for example, will damage your hair even if you use a heat protectant. While it’s OK to use these tools on occasion, you shouldn’t use them on your hair every day.
- If you’re going to use a blow dryer, set it to the lowest setting possible to avoid causing any damage.
- Before using a heat tool, always use a heat protectant on your hair.
4. Using a broad tooth comb, brush your hair. A broad tooth comb is ideal for detangling and is less prone to harm your hair. When brushing damp hair, it’s particularly crucial to use a broad tooth comb since wet hair is more prone to break and produce split ends.
5. To tie your hair up, use gentler hair ties. Split ends may be caused by using hair ties that are too tight and harsh on your hair. Look for hair ties that are softer, stretchy, and don’t tug on your hair.
- You may even use a piece of elastic to build your own hair ties.
6. Trim your hair every 8-12 weeks to maintain it healthy. Split ends are more prone to creep up your hair shaft the longer you leave them alone. You may considerably lessen the possibility of damaged hair by having the ends cut every couple of months or so.
- It’s particularly crucial to have frequent cuts if you chemically treat your hair.