INDIE REWIND: How To Trim Split Ends Without Visiting the Salon
Jul 22, 2012 - by Amanda Gabriele
It's time to throw your damaged hair woes out the window, even if you don't have time during your busy week for a trip to the salon. By working an at-home trim into your bi-weekly routine, you can prevent those unhealthy and unattractive split ends. After getting used to these five easy steps, it will soon become a mere 10 minute procedure. 1. Get a good pair of hair shears. Don't you dare lift your kitchen, fabric or paper cutting scissors for this task because they will damage your hair further. Invest in a pair of professional salon scissors for the best possible results. Tweezerman Spirit 2000 Styling Shears are a great tool at an even better price. 2. Examine your strands for split ends. You don't necessarily need a magnifying glass, but remember that damaged hair comes in all shapes and sizes. Get to know your hair and learn to distinguish the healthy strands from the broken. The chart below is a great tool for helping you pinpoint split ends.
3. Separate hair into sections. Looking at your entire head of hair at once can be very overwhelming. Divide so you can conquer and make sure each section is scrupulously taken care of. 4. Prepare your hair for trimming. Work on a small piece of hair at a time to avoid going crazy with the scissors. Hold a piece of hair, no more than an inch long and an inch wide, in between your middle and index finger. Examine the section, looking for the damaged pieces you need to snip. 5. Time to start trimming! Grab your new shears and lightly clip away at those split ends, making sure to snip about 1/4 inch above the damage, cutting perpendicular to the hair strand. Repeat the last two steps with each section of hair. The best way to prevent split ends is to get your hair professionally cut every six to eight weeks. But there are other ways to stop oncoming damage. Using a nourishing moisturizer treatment every one or two weeks keeps hair from becoming brittle and dry. Phyto Huile d'Ales Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment's unique blend of essential oils revitalizes the tresses. Also, using a protectant before heat styling your locks can work wonders in damage prevention. Carol's Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Gloss is formulated with macadamia oil to protect your hair from heat damage caused by using blow dryers, curling irons and flatirons. What are your secrets for maintaining healthy hair?