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How to Properly Cut Your Split Ends

When you see split ends, it’s time for a chop. While cutting split ends can breathe new life into your locks, doing so can be tricky, to say the least. To find out exactly how to do it, we tapped top hair pro Franck Izquierdo, co-founder of IGK Hair Care. He dished on how to cut your split ends at home without losing length.

“Normally split ends have a different texture at the edges so it’s important to cut the hair when it’s dry,” Franck explains. By doing so, “you’re not removing the healthy portion of the hair,” he continues. This is especially key for anyone looking to preserve length without compromising integrity.

How to Cut Split Ends

And those two elements lead us to the ever-elusive “perfect cut.” According to Franck, “the perfect cut is when you can balance removing the unhealthy ends and leaving the healthy lengths so you’re not cutting more than necessary off,” he says. Amen, Franck. Who among us has had to literally plea bargain with stylists over quarter-inches, only to wind up agonizing over all those strands at your feet post-haircut. Needless to say, it’s definitely an art.

The IGK founder’s go-to technique is to “always cut the edge of the hair just to make sure the split end is gone.”

How to achieve this depends on what else is going on with your mane. “You can use point cutting or blunt cutting, depending on the quality of the hair,” he notes. Though no matter what, “always use plain sheers, not texturizing ones.”

The Right Tools to Use

Indeed, your tools are key to crafting a belissimo split-end free cut. Franck’s favorite scissors are Arc Paragon II Scissors, he shares.

In terms of products (and to literally seal the deal), he recommends IGK Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat, which he says, “works miracles for split ends by sealing the cuticle, shrink-wrapping the hair for protection, and adding a boost of shine.”

While it’s tempting to push it, the key to taming split ends is to maintain scheduled cuts. “I recommend getting a haircut every three months and to keep ends of hair moisturized so they remain as healthy as possible,” he notes.  

A very extensive breakdown of types of split ends, lives HERE.

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