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How to Trim Your Own Split Ends Correctly

Updated on October 06, 2014
When I took this picture, I saw lots of split ends. Yikes!
When I took this picture, I saw lots of split ends. Yikes!

Why you should do it:

  • It'll make your hair look and feel healthy, and it'll be healthier
  • It'll help the hair grow more. Split ends break off, causing the hair to look as though it stopped growing. The shampoos and conditioners that say they "reseal ends" or "heal spilts" don't actually do that, so you won't waste your money on those lying products.
  • This is the only thing you can do in order to get rid of them.

What Are Your Split Ends Telling You? Time for a Trim!
What Are Your Split Ends Telling You? Time for a Trim!

Loop Method

Take any size amount of hair and loop it over your finger on one hand. Basically it's like a lose fold over. It works with any amount of hair. Look at the hair that's sticking straight out. Most of those are probably split one way or another. Move the hair through your fingers and keep cutting a few millimeters off the split hair. By the time you're done your hair will feel at least a little different.

Cons:

  • It's hard to just get the split ends.
  • Making sure you only cut the split ones. Cutting more can lose some of your length.

The Loop for Removing Split Ends
The Loop for Removing Split Ends

Twist Method

Take an inch or so of hair and twist it into a nice spiral. This hair coming out of this spiral is usually unhealthy hair, and not always split ends. Trim along the side of the spiral twist and get rid of excess hair.

Cons:

  • It takes a really long time.
  • You probably won't get all of the split ends.

The Twist for Trimming Split Ends
The Twist for Trimming Split Ends

Locks Method

Take one side of your hair, or less, any amount will do, and look along the side. Cut the strands you notice that have split ends. Do this on the other side as well. If you do all the methods or even just one or two thoroughly you should have most of not all of your split ends cut. This doesn't take a lot of time and you can do it anywhere you have scissors. They don't have to be hair cutting scissors, just regular paper scissors will do.

Cut Only the Dead Ends of Your Hair
Cut Only the Dead Ends of Your Hair

Cutting the Very Ends

The very tip of the ends of your hair can start looking a little damaged. Part your hair all the way down the middle and put your hair in front of your shoulders. Take the scissors and cut the very tips off, only by the few millimeters. Cutting off much more may lead you have an uneven cut that's noticeable. Making your hair a little uneven by millimeters looks natural.

Your locks should be long and flowing in no time! Okay, it can take a while...
Your locks should be long and flowing in no time! Okay, it can take a while...

DIY Hair Trimming

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Trimming Dead Ends

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    • Alice 2 years ago

      I'm sorry, but cutting split ends does not encourage your hair to grow longer. Hair is dead, there is a reason why it isn't excruciatingly painful to get a hair cut. It will continue growing for ever, the only reason why it seems to not be growing is because the split ends keep breaking.

      If your hair was alive, it would need a constant supply of blood to the cells to provide oxygen, If that was the case getting a trim would be something out of a horror story.

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      greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

      I've read a lot of articles on it and a lot of people seem to get this miss conception. I should probably fix that in this hub but what I truly mean is that spilt ends break off and/or stop growing entirely, but once you snip the split end off the hair will begin growing again. I don't mean that cutting the ends will say to the scalp, "Grow faster, she just cut off our ends." I should probably clarify that and yes you are right.

    • hayadihaircare 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information. Is there any other method rather than cutting hairs

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      greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

      Sorry, you just have to cut them off. Nothing else will help.

    • Alisha 2 years ago

      What this doesn't say anywhere and could potentially ruin people's hair is that you shouldn't use a blunt scissors. That means no kitchen scissors, art scissors or anything other than a hair scissors. Hair scissors are expensive and need to be sharpened regularly.

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      greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

      I never thought about that. I do have my own hair cutting scissors so no worries here. :D

    • Hannah 2 years ago

      Trimming split ends won't help hair grow faster, it just makes it look healthier while it grows at its own pace.

      Also, I want to know whether or not anyone else has made this observation; I have the worst split ends at the nape of my neck. They are also hard to see and the hair around there is also rough and dry.

    • Hannah 2 years ago

      Someone find freakishly split hair ends!!!!

    • Karen 12 months ago

      I just started trimming my own hair. It's surprisingly easier than I thought. I did not expect to get such an even cut. I only removed about 2 tablespoons of hair, but it made a huge difference to the softness of my hair. When I go to the salon, they always trim way too much and I'm sick of it. I rarely trust my stylist and I always pay way too much. Please note that trimming scissors with a lip on one of the finger holes should always be used with the lip on the bottom. I should've known this, but it took me one uneven cut to figure out.

    • Kalen 8 weeks ago

      This sort of works.

      What if your hand twitches and you cut the wrong thing tho what will you do?im not saying that happened to me but what if it happens to you what will you do?

      What if someone scares you and you cut a big chunk out of your hair?

      What will you do?

      This is a good idea,but not as much.

      Maybe we can soon find a quicker and easier ways.

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