The Art Of ‘Hair Dusting’: How To Remove Your Split Ends Without Losing Length

The Art Of ‘Hair Dusting’: How To Remove Your Split Ends Without Losing Length

Growing out your hair can sometimes feel like one step forward and two steps back. With length comes split ends, and with split ends comes the inevitable need for a trim. 

And while our hair does feel healthier and thicker after said trim, it still takes away the length we’ve worked so hard to achieve. 

However, what if we told you that there was a way to keep the length and ditch the split ends? Yep, it’s a thing. Introducing: hair dusting. 

What is hair dusting?

Hair dusting is essentially a strategic micro-trim. Instead of length being cut away, only unhealthy breakage is removed from the hair. Speaking to Refinery29, hair stylist Sal Salcedo likened the method to “removing fuzz from clothes”.

Who is hair dusting suitable for?

Anyone who uses heat tools, colours their hair or applies any sort of friction, (basically anyone who has hair) is going to suffer from some degree of split ends and breakage. Hair dusting provides a way to clean up this damage, without having to undergo a traditional trim.

Can we do it at home?

While the professionals advise against it, technically, yes, you can. And thanks to the Internet, there are some decent step-by-step tutorials to walk you through it. Just make sure you’re using sharp and professional hair scissors.

Keen to try it? Here are some key things to remember…

  1. Dusting your hair is like weeding your garden. When you begin, make sure your hair is dry, smooth and sectioned. This will help you spot any flyaways that are sticking up and will act as a thorough guide for you as you trim.
  2. Twist before you dust. By twisting a small section of hair, you’ll immediately notice that pieces of hair begin to stick out; these are the spots to target and trim. Repeat this process until you’ve covered your whole head
  3. And if you’re not confident? Book in with your hairdresser and ask them to do it for you. 

Watch this tutorial for a full breakdown of what to do, here.

Does hair dusting replace getting a trim altogether?

Hair dusting is considered more of a groom than a cut, so no, they do not negate each other. While a trim can give shape and depth to your haircut, through layers or length change, dusting shouldn’t make any difference to your style other than to remove split ends.

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Have you ever heard of hair dusting? Are you going to give it a try?

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  1. I am currently growing my hair but I don’t think this is something I would be game enough to try as Ive had so many bad experiences with hair dressers in the past.

  2. This reminds me of something I’ve seen hairdressers sometimes do to clients in the salon – for me I just go for the big chop if I need it because my hair grows (or looks like it grows) fast because it’s so dead straight

  3. Never heard of hair dusting. My problem is my hair only seems to get to a certain length and then no more length. As my hair is thin and fine it just wouldn’t suit long anyway.

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