This method should be selected if you regularly see knots and split ends as it will ensure that damage does not propagate further up the hair strand. The method is to cut off a very small portion of hair (about a quarter inch) and to do this fairly often (every 6–8 weeks or so). If you are keen to retain as much length as possible then the search and destroy method (see method 1), is probably the better option.
The key advantage is that your hair ends will be regularly cut and as only a small amount is being taken off, retaining hair length should not be an issue. The main disadvantage is that if you do happen to have mid strand split ends or knots further up the strand than a quarter inch, the trim will not be sufficient to prevent further damage.
Notes: Your hair generally needs to be in good condition to follow a dusting routine. The method relies on damage being only at the very ends of your hair.
3. Regular Trim
The regular trim is suitable for hair that does not generally form knots or splits but where you would like to remove weathered ends. This method takes off more hair length and can also be used initially to establish a base level of healthy hair before moving on to dusting or search and destroys. The method is to cut off a substantial portion of hair (half an inch to 1 inch) and to do this fairly often (every 3–4 months).
The key advantage is that cutting a more substantial length ensures that damaged ends are removed extensively and the hair that remains does not suffer from propagating splits or weathered ends which affect length retention. The key disadvantage is that since more hair is cut off, gaining overall longer hair will take longer than if you employ any of the other previously discussed methods.
Notes: This method is good for hair of any length and if hair is extremely damaged an initial bigger cut (2–3 inches or more) can be used to start the path to healthy hair.
Ladies, how many times a year do you trim your ends? When you trim them, why do you do it?
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