The easiest way to cut off my split ends

I have some split ends that I would like to cut of, but I have never tried to cut my own hair.What is the easiest way to do it and how much should I cut off?

I can see that many makes twists in the hair and cut the ends off.
3b textured curly from DK.

Waiting for responses with bated breath! I do not want to go back to the salon - I just want to learn how to trim it myself so I can control how much gets taken off, keep it healthy on my own and avoid:

1. Layers so short they form steps in my dried hair. I am trying to grow them (and my hair overall) out for the most part, keeping my shortest layer around chin/collarbone length and the back hovering slightly past my bra strap in back when dry.

2. Frizz when they cut it with a razor (despite my telling them not to)/or cut my hair as if it's straight.

3. To avoid the stylist putting products in my hair that my hair hates (i.e., w/ cones, protein, mag. sulfate etc) making it look dry and frizzy with a hard, rough feel.

4. If they attempt to style my hair curly it looks awful and if they blow it straight they don't just blow it stick straight, like I asked but INSIST on flipping the layers they just cut UNDER so I now have "newswoman" hair. I have NEVER left a salon happy with how they styled or cut it.

So. I'm done. Any ideas on how to cut it would be awesome, and sorry for the guano!
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Well, here's what I did. I put all my hair in a ponytail at the top of my head, then snipped off the tip of the ponytail. (This give you long layers).

Then, I put my front hair in a smaller ponytail at the front of my hair, and snipped a bit off that to form some shorter layers around my face.

I let it down, and then snipped a bit here and there to make the curls fall nicely. I'm happy with the way it looks, I didn't have to go to the salon and pay $$$ and have them put crap in my hair, and it got rid of the worst of the dry fuzzy ends.

BTW my hair was a bit past my shoulders at the time. I didn't take much off, less than an inch on the big ponytail and probably 1/2" on the smaller one.
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I have some split ends that I would like to cut of, but I have never tried to cut my own hair.What is the easiest way to do it and how much should I cut off?

I can see that many makes twists in the hair and cut the ends off.
Originally Posted by Donna-ep
I don't cut my hair on my own, but I do cut my own split ends weekly. I get lots, so I am always doing a thorough check. I just take a small section of hair, and check to see if I can find splits and cut the splits about 1/8 inch or so above the split with sharp scissors. It can take a while to go through it but is well worth doing.

Even after a proper cut, I still get split ends just from that if the stylists scissors are not properly sharpened. So I go through my hair afterwards once I get home.
Wavy, dry, protein sensitive, coarse, highly overly porus, very low elasticity, medium-thick density, very prone to split ends
Avoids: Sulphates, Silicones, Protein, Mineral oil, Petroleum, Polyquaternium, Sodium/Magnesium, Heat
Mod-CG since June 2007
Thanks. Now I know how to do it, but.. How do I know where the split ends start? I find it difficult to see
3b textured curly from DK.

I tried to take a pictures - But its a little diffucult :-) Is the small hairs that sticks out from the twist split ends? If it is then there is much of my hair that has to be cut of

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/9011/cimg2622.jpg

Would it be an idea to go to the hairdresser and tell her to cut off all the split ends and then braid my hair with fake hair. Then let my hair grow out. I think my hair is short as it is now and I dont want to have my hair shorter
3b textured curly from DK.


Last edited by Donna-ep; 07-27-2009 at 02:28 PM.
I guess it would be easier if I just go to the hairdresser.
3b textured curly from DK.

Well, here's what I did. I put all my hair in a ponytail at the top of my head, then snipped off the tip of the ponytail. (This give you long layers).

Then, I put my front hair in a smaller ponytail at the front of my hair, and snipped a bit off that to form some shorter layers around my face.
Originally Posted by Salamander
When you cut the ends off, do you let the ponytails hang down naturally while you cut them, once you've make them on the top/front of your head? Or do you hold the ponytail out and away from your head (either straight up or straight out to the front) as you cut the ends? Did those questions make sense? I would love to try this.
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porosity : medium?
elasticity : low
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I tried to take a pictures - But its a little diffucult :-) Is the small hairs that sticks out from the twist split ends? If it is then there is much of my hair that has to be cut of

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/9011/cimg2622.jpg

Would it be an idea to go to the hairdresser and tell her to cut off all the split ends and then braid my hair with fake hair. Then let my hair grow out. I think my hair is short as it is now and I dont want to have my hair shorter
Originally Posted by Donna-ep

Your hair may stick out in sections when you twist it simply because it is shorter in places. As for damage, if there is a knot you should be able to feel it and cut just above the knot. Splits in the hair will separate out instead of being a smooth tip. Again, you would cut just above this.

If however your sight is truly bad, you may want to go to a hairdresser. But as you want ALL split ends cut off, the hairdresser may opt to smply cut your hair in a shorter style, not wanting to take the time (or having the time) to find every split end. Too if you go the hairdresser route, you may want to go to two different hairdressers. The person who braids your hair may have poor skills when it comes to cutting it.

I spend the weekend going through my hair strand by strand and cutting off the damage with sharp scissors, braiding the pieces and pinning them to the side as I go along.

I hope this helps.

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