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Dusting vs trimming: Which is best for you

04 October 2018
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We’re all too familiar with the battle that is wanting to grow your hair, but needing to cut it to encourage the growth. It doesn’t really make sense, right? All we do know though, is that we need to get rid of split ends before our whole head looks like a multi-headed snake! L’Oréal Professionnel Educator, Julie Rimmer weighs in on two cutting methods perfect for maintaining your length. 


This cutting technique typically takes a quarter inch or less off your mane’s length, making it ideal for those looking to cut ONLY the ends of the hairs that are split or broken. Dusting is when hair is blow-dried straight, and a stylist snips off any obvious split ends that are sticking out. They do this by cutting parallel (or upwards) to the way your hair falls. This way, you can keep your hair healthy throughout, and not just at its ends. 

Dusting is also a great preventative method that reduces required trims moving forward, because annoying dead ends aren’t given a chance to accumulate. “This technique is generally used when hair is layered due to different stages of hair growth, layers cut into the hair, or hair that has been chemically broken down,” says Rimmer. “Dusting is therefore also used to eliminate the split ends from the layers.”


While trimming takes a bit more length off the hair, it’s the preferred technique when you’re looking to maintain the lines of your cut over time. You should also opt for this kind of cut when you’ve let those dead ends move their way up your hair shaft for far too long. This technique usually involves a stylist pinching the ends of your hair between their fingers, and cutting off the uneven, broken ends. How much comes off depends on how damaged your locks are.

Chopping off these nuisance bits will result in a reduction in breakage, and encourage a new set of healthy hair to grow freely. “I recommend trimming your hair every 6 to 8 weeks,” says Rimmer. “Hair grows unevenly which makes the longer strands weak and susceptible to split ends. Heat styling tools, chemically treated hair and lack of hair care makes it worse.” She adds. The good news is that hair grows between 1 to 1.5cm a month, so even if you do trim regularly, you won’t lose length. 

So, before visiting a stylist (and no, neither of these techniques should be attempted at home) make sure you arrive knowing which technique you’re looking to use. Maintaining healthy hair is important if you’re to grow it to your desired length, so don’t brush off the products your stylist recommends - they know best!
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