Hair Dusting Could Be What Your Locks Really Need

by James Hale

Keeping your hair happy and healthy is a feat at the best of times. The effects winter weather, dye jobs, and just plain ol' living life have on hair can sometimes make it feel like your entire mane is one big split end. Luckily, hair dusting is making a comeback.

For those who are struggling to grow their hair out in the middle of this long and dreary winter, hair dusting just might be the solution. Unlike a regular cut, this treatment only takes off pesky split ends and dead or dying tips.

In an interview with Refinery29, L.A. hairstylist Sal Salcedo explained the treatment, saying, "Hair dusting is a technique in which you don’t get rid of any hair length, but only the damaged hair tips. This can be done by snipping the very bottom of each hair strand."

Salcedo added, "The point is to get rid of hair that no longer serves you. Hair gets damaged because of weather, coloring, bad haircuts, hot tools, and most of time, just the age of the hair."

Unlike some of Salcedo's other styling practices, hair dusting isn't revolutionary. "It's more of a grooming technique, rather than an overall haircut," he said. "It's been done for ages, some cultures even use different techniques, like fire or razors."

But despite its age, you still may have trouble finding a stylist who offers hair dusting as a service because, as Refinery29 reports, it's incredibly time-consuming, and is "almost like a second haircut after your strands are shaped and trimmed."

Check out Salcedo in action in this Instagram vid.

YouTube also offers videos from a wealth of folks who are total pros at hair dusting.

If you're uncertain of how it's done, try having a stylist show you the ropes before you leap into DIY.

Hair dusting may be time-consuming, but if it could save you from dry, frizzy tips? Totally worth it.