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How To Trim Your Own Split Ends: It's Easier Than You Think

Are you wondering how to cut split ends at home?

Hands up who hasn’t at least once in the last few months searched the phrase “how to cut your own split ends”? Not only have searches for ‘cutting hair’ increased by 724%, but - judging from our social media feeds - cutting split ends at home has become a major pastime.

We get it. At times, your hair might not be feeling its best. Without its regular appointments to trim split ends, the ends feel dry and damaged and it’s not as easy to style. But equally, you’re not a trained hairdresser – one wrong move and you could be growing out your home haircut for years to come. So what’s the answer? Here’s our guide on how to trim your own split ends.



Dusting v Trimming Split Ends

If you’re reluctant to lose any length, a new technique called ‘Dusting’ helps to rid your hair of split ends without losing any length. It’s a bit like de-fuzzing your clothes: all you trim are the flyaways that have split, leaving a sleeker, smoother look. On dry hair, comb hair through in small sections, then using shearing scissors (also called thinning scissors, they have fine ‘teeth’ along one of the blades), let the scissors catch the damaged hair. (They can be razor-sharp, so handle with care). When it comes to how to cut your own dead ends, trimming will always be the fail-safe approach. Removing whatever’s not healthy will ensure hair has a lovely thickness from root to tip, which will help improve things like shine and manageability, too. And here’s a little tip from us: when it comes to how to trim your own split ends at home, the best way is when hair is dry (wet hair is stretchier and more prone to damage). This is true for every hair type: straight, wavy, curly, coily. If you’re chopping off more than a few centimetres, you can comb through and make a horizontal cut first, but the most natural way is to hold a pair of hairdressing scissors (small and super-sharp but with no teeth) pointing upwards and make vertical snips into the length. For women who only wear their hair curly, let your hair dry naturally before cutting. We'd recommend trimming each curl or coil individually, rather than sectioning the hair out and cutting across, to ensure a more even finish. And for women who love to change up their hair textures, a blowout before a trim works best.


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Caring for Split Ends


The more hydrated your hair is, the more resilient against split ends it will be. Dove Nourishing Secrets Coconut Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner are specially formulated to nourish dry, brittle hair caused by weather conditions, hair styling techniques, harsh chemical treatments – or missing your regular styling appointments. And as well as rejuvenating dry hair, they help to keep hair healthy after it’s been cut, too: both products contain Nutritive Serum to lock in hair’s essential moisture in a lightweight formula that won’t weigh hair down – so you can use them every single day. In fact, the formulas are progressively nourishing – meaning your hair gets healthier looking after every wash. So now you won’t have to think twice about your split ends. If you’re not heading to a salon, or even just need to space out your appointments - unleash your inner hair stylist – you won’t look back!

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