Dusting/End Trimming

Does anyone do this on their own? I have made half-hearted attempts before, but with cuticle scissors, which I know isn't right.

What scissors do you prefer? Any specific techniques?
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I use a hair trimming scissors (goody or conair can't think right now) that I got at Walmart. With dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length, if done right the hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust.

And the there's S&D (search & distroy) where you take a section of hair and search it for split/damaged ends and cut those off. This is very handy although time consuming but makes a huge difference. I had a major decrease in tangles and frizz after the first time I did this, and my hair looked tons better.
I use a hair trimming scissors (goody or conair can't think right now) that I got at Walmart. With dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length, if done right the hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust.

And the there's S&D (search & distroy) where you take a section of hair and search it for split/damaged ends and cut those off. This is very handy although time consuming but makes a huge difference. I had a major decrease in tangles and frizz after the first time I did this, and my hair looked tons better.
Originally Posted by cympreni
How do you do this when your hair isn't long enough to pull in front of your face? I'm afraid to use a mirror *and* scissors - I can't even braid properly if I'm looking in the mirror. Do I just need to wait until my hair is longer?

Any tips appreciated -
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I use a hair trimming scissors (goody or conair can't think right now) that I got at Walmart. With dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length, if done right the hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust.

And the there's S&D (search & distroy) where you take a section of hair and search it for split/damaged ends and cut those off. This is very handy although time consuming but makes a huge difference. I had a major decrease in tangles and frizz after the first time I did this, and my hair looked tons better.
Originally Posted by cympreni
How do you do this when your hair isn't long enough to pull in front of your face? I'm afraid to use a mirror *and* scissors - I can't even braid properly if I'm looking in the mirror. Do I just need to wait until my hair is longer?

Any tips appreciated -
thank you,
~g
Originally Posted by hairdiaries
hmm toughie, Im not sure about that. Have a friend do it perhaps? I can give you the name of a long hair site where you can ask.

http://longhairloom.com/

there's a board there and I know for a fact there are girls there that started with short hair (at least one started with a shaved head) Im sure they would be more then happy to help you out on that. They are very friendly there.
I use a hair trimming scissors (goody or conair can't think right now) that I got at Walmart. With dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length, if done right the hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust.

And the there's S&D (search & distroy) where you take a section of hair and search it for split/damaged ends and cut those off. This is very handy although time consuming but makes a huge difference. I had a major decrease in tangles and frizz after the first time I did this, and my hair looked tons better.
Originally Posted by cympreni
I read some about the S&D. I think I'll have to try that when I get some decent scissors.
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I use a hair trimming scissors (goody or conair can't think right now) that I got at Walmart. With dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length, if done right the hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust.

And the there's S&D (search & distroy) where you take a section of hair and search it for split/damaged ends and cut those off. This is very handy although time consuming but makes a huge difference. I had a major decrease in tangles and frizz after the first time I did this, and my hair looked tons better.
Originally Posted by cympreni
How do you do this when your hair isn't long enough to pull in front of your face? I'm afraid to use a mirror *and* scissors - I can't even braid properly if I'm looking in the mirror. Do I just need to wait until my hair is longer?

Any tips appreciated -
thank you,
~g
Originally Posted by hairdiaries


Find someone you REALLY trust, like your SO or your Mom and explain (in detail) dusting to them. Then have them pull the back into a LOW pony and dust the ends. I've been doing that only every 3 months.
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Could someone please pm me a detailed explanation of dusting? I understand its purpose, but I'm not sure exactly how to do it correctly. TIA!
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ohh, I am a big fan of search and destroy I do, it all the time! Its like a hobby of mine that I do when I am watching tv or bored! ~~jax
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ohh, I am a big fan of search and destroy I do, it all the time! Its like a hobby of mine that I do when I am watching tv or bored! ~~jax
Originally Posted by Jaxie

Me too. I usually spend 20 min in front of the bathroom mirror after I put my daughter to bed. I'm obsessed with snipping the little splits away!
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Before my "no cutting in 2007 challenge" I would give my self micro, and S&D trims about every 3 months. I am terrified of hair stylists so I've been cutting my own hair for close to 10 years. I don't really have any advice except to use high quality scissors designed to cut hair. They cost more, but I figure I save a lot of money by not going to a salon.
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I trim my own ends once every 3 months. I dust them every month. I use special hair siscors to do it, and I always sharpen them before. (I believe they are made by Tweezerman, but I'm not positive) I usually take 1/8 of an inch off. My ends feel so much better after.
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LadyCurlyLocks did you ever get those instructions on dusting? if so please pm them to me....big thanks!!!
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LadyCurlyLocks did you ever get those instructions on dusting? if so please pm them to me....big thanks!!!
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I'd love to see those instructions too, please! If you have them!
Thanks!!
~~jax
2c or 3a Cut most of my hair off in July '12 and am working on regrowing it.
I have too many layers to do one-shot overall trims myself. I do S&D a few minutes a day (or whenever I see a split) for a few days or weeks until I don't see anymore. Then I can go a few months withough seeing any. Once they pop up again, I start again.
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How do you do a "Search & Destroy"?? Is this where you twist small sections of hair and snip off what "pops" out?

I'd really like to try this and "dusting" to avoid going to my stylist for awhile...

Thanks!
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