How to Trim Split Ends

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Split ends can be a problem if you do not normally use a beautician. Trimming your own split ends saves you a few dollars at the salon, but also helps you to only trim what you need to and not cut off more hair than needs to be removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fingernail clippers
  • Mirror
  • Brush or comb
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Ponytail holder

Spray water from your spray bottle over the entire length of your hair and brush or comb out completely. Do not drench the hair, but wet it enough to get your hair to lie down flat when combed.

Pull all of your hair into a ponytail at the base of your skull and place the ponytail holder around it at the base. Pull the hair over one shoulder so you can look at it without straining your neck. Twist the ponytail into a spiral so that the ends of the hair are firmly in your fingertips.

Look in the mirror to locate the split ends. On dark hair they appear a lighter color and very thin. On light hair, they appear a grayed color and are very thin as well. Normally they are located within the last inch from the ends of your hair.

Open the fingernail clippers and ready them in your hand. Holding the ends of the ponytail, each time you find a split end you should clip it just above where the split begins with your clippers.

Brush or comb through the hair to remove any clippings and continue to search them out and clip them off. When finished, you will know you have gotten the majority of your split ends when the hair all lies flat with no strays sticking out of the ponytail.

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