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How To Trim Your Own Split Ends

Trimming your own split ends helps keep your hair healthier and minimizes salon visits.


  • TIP: Be sure to trim hair evenly, especially if you have straight hair. Curly hair may hide jagged cuts, but it will be obvious in straight hair.
  • Step 1: Repeat trimming split ends throughout all sections of hair.
  • FACT: Did you know? The hair on your head grows at a rate of about .4 millimeters a day.
  • Step 2: Trim the split ends using short strokes with the scissor tips. Cut only the damaged hair.
  • Step 3: Grip a one-inch section of hair firmly between your first and middle fingers, about an inch from the bottom.
  • Step 4: Locate your split ends, working through one section of hair at a time. Look for hairs that separate at the ends.
  • TIP: Ask a friend for help, especially if you intend to work on back sections of hair.
  • Step 5: Divide your hair into sections with a comb. Use the clips to pin up the hair you’re not working on.

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