Post # 1
Does anyone here rely on the twist and cut method for trimming away split ends at home? Where you take a tiny section of hair, twist it, and whatever hair is sticking out (the splits) is then trimmed away without losing length?
Does it really work? I’m curious since I’m trying to grow my hair out for once.
Post # 2
I do it all the time. I even do it very far up my hair.
However, the best thing you can do to avoid split ends is CUT (not trim) it and cut it BLUNT – as in straight across. NO layeres. All layers are are split ends. Your hair should fall in a straight line (not a “V”) when it’s on your back. It doesn’t make for the most interesting of hair styles, but it’s what works.
Post # 3
I always keep my hair super long, about a year ago (10 days before fiance proposed) I cut it all off in a terrible experiment. So I am desperately trying to grow it back to look more like “me” before the wedding. I have tried pretty much everything, including the twist method. This doesn’t work for me at all – I have a lot of layers and the hairs that stick out when I twist are 90% not split ends.
I have also used the “random spot check” method – I will look at my ends in front of a window with the sun shining through and will pick out splits that I see and clip them off. I’ve found that this helps somewhat, but you really have to only clip off the split as close to the end as possible or you start creating ends that are uneven (if you do it enough). Basically, all of these techniques only seem to work well for people with certain type of hair or those that have a lot of creative skill (neither are me).
I have found that the best thing to do is just get regular trims.
Edit: I disagree that “all layers are split ends” – none of my layers have split ends, my longest hairs have them because they rub against things all the time and it gets the splits started in them earlier.
Post # 4
Any time I’ve trimmed my own hair (by any method) I’ve ended up making it worse. Unless you have professional scissors, you’re going to create more split ends by doing it yourself. If you have a good stylist, they should easily be able to come up with a plan for growing your hair out. I have fairly long hair (past my bra strap) and am growing it out, so my stylist trims it only when necessary. The times she doesn’t trim it, she’ll dust the ends (this is what she calls it, I’m not sure if it’s a professional term) so I don’t lose any length. My hair grows very slowly and I have highlights, but it stays healthy this way. It’s grown a lot since I started seeing this stylist 3 years ago, so I recommend a skilled stylist if you’re really focused on growing your hair out.
Post # 5
Thanks girls 🙂
Maybe I’ll see a stylist then. I’m just desperate to get to collar bone length.
Post # 6
Go to a stylist you trust and ask to have your ends “dusted” they should know what you mean. Do this every 6-8 weeks. Instead of a whole “trim.”http://www.howtomakeyourhairgrowfastertips.com/dusting-101-the-better-way-to-cut-your-hair-and-prevent-split-ends/
Post # 7
penguinwapi: The technique used to create layers causes split ends. They use a razor, point cutting, etc. Most of the time, the hair is cut on an angle. Split ends galore.