DIY Cutting Split Ends

Today we will be discussing how to cut your own split ends. Now, there are many wrong ways to do it, but it can be done correctly, especially on textured and curlier hair patterns. First, split ends are caused by heat, friction, and excessive brushing. However, it’s totally preventable and can be self-treated. Since curly hair is so fragile, it’s important that it’s maintained, not only to increase length but health. 

*These steps are DIY guidelines, not professional instruction. Do what applies and works best for your hair needs!*

The first step to trimming those split ends is to use professional shears and use them ONLY for hair. Don’t try cutting your hair with kitchen or kiddie scissors. These scissors aren’t sharp enough and can actually further damage the already fragile shaft. Second, separate your hair into 4 or more sections. Then, blow-dry your hair out on medium/low heat with a heat protector in use of course, and put the sections into two-strand twists. Then “search and snip” as you see fit, in each section. Split ends are usually identifiable by their “Y” shaped ends or butterfly/tangled knots. Remember to just trim the ends and not chop an entire section off; we want an even length, not a new haircut. 

To prevent further persistence of split ends BE GENTLE with things like styling, detangling, and use of heat even with protective spray applied. Comb your hair from the ends to root, not root to end. Deep condition and hydrate your hair AND scalp to lock in moisture, preventing future damage. You can also try hot oil treatments to lock in moisture and help repair damaged strands. If these don’t help, it may be time to change your wash-day, moisturizing, or sleeking products and opt for ones with greater benefits. 

With this all said, it’s acceptable to trade in trims yourself and seek out a salon for trims every 4-8 weeks or as needed. However,  trust yourself with self-maintenance because no one knows what your hair needs as you do.