Dust Your Way to Long, Healthy Hair

By Ryann Casey

Hair Dusting is the latest trend among hairdressers as a way to preserve hair length while nixing pesky split ends. Split ends make even healthy hair look dull, dry and frizzy. The only way to truly heal split ends is to get rid of them. This preserves the integrity of the hair and prevents the splitting from traveling further up the hair shaft, causing further damage.

The hair dusting technique adds subtle body and layers in a way that banishes split ends while removing bulk without piecey, choppy or chunky layers. Instead of trimming the ends of hair, dusting essentially snips into the hair without losing length. By snipping the split tips at the very bottom of each hair strand, the overall length remains intact, while thinning of damaged ends adds to the overall appearance and health of every single strand.

There’s nothing like an experienced professional and relaxing salon experience, but it’s often hard to find the time and money for frequent salon visits.

To prolong the life of your haircut between hair appointments, and maintain the health of your hair, try hair dusting for yourself. Here’s how:

Straighten.

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Unlike a traditional haircut or trim, the dusting technique works best on dry and straightened hair. In order to see the parts of the hair that need to be removed, your hair needs to be washed, dried and straightened to allow for the dry split ends to pop out.

Analyze.

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Once hair is dry and straightened, brush through the hair to allow the crimps and coils of split and damaged ends to stick out from the straightened parts of healthy hair. Going through each strand and analyzing the integrity of its strength, you can get an idea for where needs to be dusted and identify what type of split ends you have.

Section.

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Sectioning is an imperative part to the hair dusting process, especially when you are performing the technique on yourself. The key here is to section in a thin slicing matter so that you are hitting the splits throughout the shaft at the broken parts of the hair instead of just trimming the ends. Without meticulous sectioning, you will end up missing some broken ends and cutting some pieces that are perfectly healthy.

Dust.

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After sectioning, smooth the hair down and snip the split ends that pop and coil out.

This technique works on any hair type or texture, just to get rid of dead ends. It is especially helpful for layered hair and textured curls and waves. It’s very important to cut the hair in a dusting motion that skims over the mid lengths of the hair instead of cutting. Cutting too deeply and harshly will interfere with the integrity of your haircut and will create choppy and messy looking layers. This can also leave the hair that isn’t cut looking thin and wispy instead of full and healthy. If done incorrectly dusting is only a quick fix and can actually lead to worse damage.

Prevent.

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After you’ve dusted all of the dead ends out of your hair, it is important to maintain and fight against future damage. The path towards healthy hair revolves around prevention and protection. Minimizing heat, sun exposure and other damaging factors that put extra stress on the hair will lead to less future breakage. Using split end mending products will help to prolong the effects of hair dusting and keep hair healthier until your next haircut.

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