Get Rid of Split Ends With These Incredible Ways

Updated on June 19th, 2021
How To Trim Split Ends At Home

Do you find your hair looking lifeless and dull when it once used to look bouncy and luscious? Have you felt the moisture slowly seeping out of the tresses? Well, then the chances are that you are beginning to have split ends.

only do split ends rob the hair of its shine, but they also hinder hair growth [1]. Before talking about the usefulness of trimming split ends, let’s find out what causes split ends in the first place. Here’s what you need to know!

Why Do We Need To Trim Split Ends?

Apart from making our hair look damaged, dull, and lifeless, there are several reasons why letting our split ends persist and leaving them untreated is not a good idea [2]. Here are a few points we need to be aware of:

Split ends do not go away on their own: Split ends do not just magically fuse back together when we start conditioning or taking care of our hair. In fact, the longer we put off trimming them, the more each end splits into two or three “feathers.” This, in turn, severely hinders our hair growth.

Uneven Pigmentation

The hue of split ends is generally a bit lighter than our natural hair color. This can make our overall hair color look uneven and discolored.

Robs our hair of its shine: Split ends rob our hair of its lively glow and make it look dull, brittle, and lifeless [3]. No hair masks, amount of conditioning, and spa treatments can restore the shine back in our hair unless we trim off the split ends.

The quickest, easiest, and most comfortable way of getting rid of split ends is by trimming them off [4]. Now, wait for a second! Before you rush off to set up a consultation with your hairstylist, hear us out. We can easily trim off split ends ourselves in the comfort of our home! All we need is a pair of hair cutting scissors, and we’re good to go! 

Below, experts provide some ways to get rid of those splits. Say bye to those brittle frays: 

How To Trim Split Ends At Home?

1. Give yourself a trim. 

We’ll start with the most straightforward: As there’s truly no way to “revive” damaged, frayed ends, the best we can do is shear them off and start afresh. 

Begin with dry hair. When implemented on dry hair, self-given cuts tend to be more accurate, as wet hair shortens when dry.

Part the hair into small sections, using clips, and point-cut vertically into the ends. As opposed to a horizontal snip, point-cutting gives a softer line that is much more forgiving (we know, just in case you butcher the trim).

A frequent error individuals make when trimming their own split ends is taking a substantial section of hair and cutting it all at one go. Often, people get overwhelmed with considerable amounts of hair in their hands, which is when mistakes happen.

2. Dusting

Want the split ends gone, but do not necessarily feel like chopping any length? Dusting is just for you. That’s because the procedure calls for cutting into the hair rather than snipping ends off.

Here’s what to do: Twist a 1/2 (half)-inch section of clean, dry hair to observe if any broken split hairs come out. Then just take a pair of short scissors and trim off the split hair. 

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3. Twist-and-trim

Another technique you can do is take a small section, about ½ inch, of dry hair and twist it toward the end. It’s identical to dusting, although you are zeroing in on those end pieces: You will see the split, dry ends poke out like a Christmas tree.

Find the hairs split in half, and snip them off. Cut at an angle to modify the line versus chopping bluntly, notably if you have coarse straight hair. 

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4. Blow-dry your hair smooth.  

You can blow-dry the freshly washed hair for extra precision until it is smooth, which makes it a bit simpler to seek out any frayed, brittle ends. Separate the hair into 1/2 (half)-inch sections, and brush to the ends with a broad-toothed comb—at this point, we should look out for any frays sticking out of the bristles.

Then point-cut vertically: This will retain the length as much as possible while discarding some of the dry split ends. Begin with a little and keep going if you still want to remove more. 

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5. Skimming

Skimming the hair is a specialized cutting procedure that effectively eliminates buildup and splits poking out of the strands. While it is best to see a specialist (a hairdresser will have a better angle, and few even use a straight razor to lift off all the gunk), we can use the blade on a slick pair of shears to generate a similar effect. 

It’s an excellent technique, again, for people looking to maintain their length. It only takes a little and what’s necessary.

We need to just part the dry hair into layered, thin sections and “skim” the blade downward toward our ends. We might even see some product buildup and frays accumulating on the blade—it’s pretty satisfying; just make sure not to go too overboard. 

Bottom Line

There’s much we can do to shear off splits in a snap. As for the don’ts? Never a dull pair of scissors. This can ‘chew’ the hair and lead to more split ends. [Our shears] don’t have to be as expensive as our hairdresser’s scissors, but they should be made for hair, not culinary use.”

Other than that, the best advice (as with all DIY beauty treatments) is to make the least changes. Don’t get aggressive, no matter how brittle the ends maybe. 

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