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Everything You Need To Know About Hair Dusting

Every hair care routine should include regular trims to maintain length and prevent split ends. Skipping a couple of appointments may seem like a good idea to preserve your hair’s length, but split ends could end up costing you more.

We all know it can feel like a lifetime growing out your hair and a regular trim feels like you’re giving up a lot. If you’re like me, you’ve had a few situations where you turn up for a regular trim and end up having a full-blown haircut! Fortunately, there is another way to give your ends a trim without sacrificing a lot of length. Hair dusting is the way to go if you want to give your hair a cut without taking too much off. Let’s get right into explaining what hair dusting is and how you can get the most from this technique.

Getting To Know Hair Dusting

When a hairdresser trims off the dead ends without losing too much length, they employ a technique known as hair dusting. Hair dusting is based on a classic hairdressing technique that involved twisting strands together and burning the ends with a candle. The method was effective, and hair dusting is its modern equivalent. Instead of the flame of a candle, contemporary practitioners use hair shears.

You are wondering about where the term originates, right? Well, after the hairdresser finishes trimming your ends, you will notice fine hairs on the cape which look like dust, hence the name.

Why You Should Consider Hair Dusting

Whenever a new technique hits the salons, it’s always sensible to question whether it is good for your hair or not. If you have been having regular trims and always end up losing a bit more than you wanted, hair dusting could be an alternative for you.

The Benefits Of Hair Dusting

If you already have regular trims, you will love hair dusting. Split, dry and dead ends make your hair frizzy and a nightmare to maintain, and this technique eliminates only the bits you don’t need. The main difference between regular trimming and dusting methods is that you no longer need to sacrifice inches on each visit to your stylist. In addition, you will be able to keep those pesky stray strands under control, and your hairstyles will always look fresh.

I Treat My Hair: Can I Still Dust It?

Although hair dusting is a technique popular in the natural hair community, there is nothing stopping anyone else from enjoying its benefits. Whatever your hair type, and whether you have colour or another kind of styling, you can still ask your hairdresser for a dusting. The technique typically suits natural hair types because they tend to lose more inches with regular trimming.

What To Expect During Hair Dusting

So, what should you expect when you book an appointment for hair dusting? Below is the process you can expect your hairdresser or stylist to follow.

Step #1

The stylist begins by detangling your hair using a wide-toothed comb to gently tease out any knots in your strands. Alternatively, you can use your favourite brush if you don’t have a wide-tooth comb.

Step #2

The next thing is to separate your hair into small sections. Sectioning allows the stylist to focus on a small portion of your hair at a time. Dividing the hair into sections ensures the stylist does not miss any hair.

Step #3

In this step of the process, the stylist prepares the hair for trimming by twisting together a small section of hair roughly to half-inch in size. They will use their hand to hold it firmly in place then move to the next step. This step sets the hair dusting technique apart from your standard cut and trim.

Step #4

Your hairdresser proceeds to trim hairs sticking up using hair shears. The main focus of this process is on the ends, which get dry and split. Again, the whole idea behind this technique is to minimise loss of length, so the stylist takes away the ends slowly to preserve as much hair as possible. The trimming is so delicate that the removed hair appears as a layer of dust on the cape.

Step #5

Your hairdresser will twist and repeat the trimming, this time in the opposite direction, to make sure the trim is even. They will keep trimming until all the hair sections have been processed and the dead ends removed.

How Frequently Should You Go For Hair Dusting?

There is agreement across the industry that leaving six to eight weeks between appointments is good enough to maintain your ends. However, everyone’s hair is different, so you may need to compress or extend this timeline.

If you have been searching for a way to trim your ends without compromising on length, hair dusting may just be the answer for you.


Keeping your hair feeling fresh and healthy-looking is a respectable goal, and regular trimming is one way of achieving it. However, there is a risk that you could lose more inches during a traditional trim than you wanted to, which isn’t ideal if you’re growing your hair. Hair dusting is an alternative to the standard trims. It comes with the benefit of cutting less while eliminating split ends. Why not ask for a hair dusting next time you book an appointment with your stylist?

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