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Trimming Natural Hair- The Art of Dusting

By January 27th, 202122 Comments

A dusting is where a very small amount of hair is trimmed off the ends
of the hair.  So little is removed that it looks like fine dust on the
floor. Ends can be dusted to remove splits before they become out of

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1. Take a small section of hair split it in two.

2. Twist the section of hair so that it’s neat and smooth. You may notice little hairs that are split poking out from the twist.

3. Dust by trimming just above the split ends.

4. Undo the twist and twist in the opposite direction in order to expose any other splits you may have missed.

5. Repeat this process throughout the entire head. There should only be a light ‘dusting’ of hair on your counters or floor.


*One should dust their hair every 6 to 8 weeks to keep split ends under control.

* Hair shears are the proper tool for this process. Please keep your craft scissors far from your hair.

* Be sure to dust your hair under adequate natural lighting for best results.

* A beauty mirror with a magnified side is your best friend for those sections that are hard to see.

Do you dust your hair to avoid having to cut large amounts of damaged hair?
 Tell us your technique in the comment section below!


CurlyNikki Says:

I know I’m overdue for a trim when detangling becomes a beast, and when I too easily run across split ends. So once every
two months, I dust or micro-trim after my hair has
been twisted. I survey the ends of each twist, and snip off the last
1/8 – 1/4 of an inch. This keeps my ends neat and detangling sessions quick, while maintaining maximum length.  I trim more depending on the
state of my ends, if I’m attempting to keep a bob shape and length (as I am now) and/or how long it’s been since the last session. 

between dusting sessions, “search and destroy” missions keep my ends
sharp. I conduct “search and destroys” whenever I happen to grab a curl
and can see more than a split end or two without straining. I do this
while sitting in front of the TV, standing in the bathroom mirror, or
even while on the internet. The lighting in all three situations is
perfect! After snipping a few, I become anal and my sessions can last
more than an hour. I cut just above the split or jagged end and apply
moisturizer and oil as I go. After I finish, I’m usually on my way to
re-style because it leaves me with a frizzy, undefined mess.

sure to only use hair scissors when trimming. This is VERY important! I
purchase my scissors from Walmart, Sally’s or Ulta and they usually run
me between $10 and $40. I hide them from Hubby and only use them
for hair, to keep them sharp as dull scissors can do more harm than good!


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  • Shashou says:

    Sometimes I will braid or twist my hair in sections and dust that way. Def helps from having to cut off inches at a time. And like Nikki said, I know when detangling has taken the majority time on hair regimen its time to dust, dust away.

  • Andrea Dawn says:

    I've been dusting for the past year or so, maybe every 6-8 weeks. It has really improved the overall appearance and feel of my hair.

  • Cathrinna Walley says:

    Thanks Ladies!!!!

  • prieta says:

    I am also a wng girl. The less I manipulate my hair, the better. I also pre-poo with any conditioner and coconut oil for about 5-10 minutes before I rinse and wash. This has helped me avoid tangls and split ends. I seal my ends with mineral oil and it works great!

  • Megan M. says:

    I never really trimmed on twists. I have always straighten my hair and got a trim. I did not know until now that you can trim curly hair. Are you suppose to trim on dry or damp twists or blow dried hair?

  • Ummz4 says:

    I've only trimmed my whole head once, back in May. Whenever I twist my hair, I look for ssk's & split ends. If I see them I cut them. For me that works good, and the longer my hair gets, the easier it is to find and take care of them.

  • Jay-Jay says:

    LOL………I'm guilty of just looking at my strands and snapping my ends with my finger nails also. I'm definately overdue for a trim.

  • Miss Anne says:

    Overdue for a dusting. I always use this method and try to dust every 6 weeks. This has really helped me retain length.
    Super tips!

  • LM says:

    my routine is to trim 1/4 inch every 3-4 months, because that is usually when I start to get alot of ssks and crazy tangling, and my twist outs start to look crazy b/c of my ends.

  • Veronica Johnson says:

    Does anyone know if you can twist your hair like a rope (around itself)? I find two strand twist to be a little time consuming because my hair is not quite long.

  • Stephanie Denise says:

    Ever since I stopped using heat 6 months ago, I barely ever get split ends, so I hardly trim…only dust!

  • Gee says:

    Hey Dprincess 28 on youtube has a video demonstrating it. It begins around the 3:10 mark

  • jmari says:

    Here we go with the "6 to 8 weeks for a trim/dust" boogie monster again. If someone ALWAYS trimmed, dusted or whatever'ed (lol) their hair faithfully their hair every month and a half they would NEVER see any growth or retention……how about teaching how to CARE for your ends to prevent split ends and dusting/trimming AS NEEDED…..personally for me about every 6 months….

  • Breanna Young says:

    This is just what i needed to know…HOW TO TRIM MY OWN HAIR!!

  • Davina916 says:

    Now that I know the technique, I sure will.

  • 101Corkscrews says:

    I'm just like you. I trim about once a year and even then I don't see any split ends. I'm a strictly wng girl and I haven't straightened my hair in almost 3 years. I deep condition every week. I get a few ssk's but i figure that's normal.

  • prieta says:

    Since I condition my hair every chance I get and I seal my ends, I do not see split ends anymore. Very little breakage also, so I do not dust my ends. I have not trimmed my hair in almost one year and it has never looked better. keep the dryness away.

  • Stacy Lackey says:

    I dust my hair in two strand twists. That method works well for me.

  • Cathrinna Walley says:

    I really want to start trimming my own ends, but I do not understand what you mean by twisting. Is it a two strand twist or just a section of hair in a single twist? Thanks

  • Sabrina Boissiere says:

    Would you recommending dusting a TWA? Or wait until the length is shoulder/collar bone?

  • Mel says:

    Bad Nikki!!!!!
    I have never done dustiing before but like you I do twist my hair and trim the bottom 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch when I see the need (not nearly as often as I should). Plus I have never been to a hairdresser since I've be natural which is over 18 years with the exception of the two times that I relaxed and almost immediately big chopped again. So I guess that makes me bad too!!! LOL
    P.S. My Zoe wants to meet you and your Boogie

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