How to Cut Your Own Split Ends

When I was in a salon full time, my clients would ask me how they could extend the wear of their haircut. I would give them shampoo, conditioner, and hair product recommendations, but the trick that they seemed to be most excited about was when I would teach them how to cut your own split ends.

Cutting your own split ends isn’t as scary as it sounds. You aren’t changing your haircut in any way and you aren’t even taking length off of your hair. You are simply cutting the split ends off of your hair, in order to keep your hair healthy and let you go a few extra weeks between haircuts. Let’s face it, most people drag the weeks between haircuts anyway, so why not have the tools you need to keep your hair healthy between them rather than getting to the cosmetologist with hair that is totally destroyed from split ends.

How to Cut Your Split Ends At Home

How to Cut Your Own Split Ends

By cutting your own split ends, you can go a little longer in between haircuts or just make sure that your hair is in tip top shape all of the time. Cutting my own split ends is really my biggest secret to having healthy, beautiful hair! And guess what? It isn’t hard to do at all! In fact, it is easy enough that any of you can do it! All you need is a comb and a pair of scissors.

Cutting Split Ends

If you are really wanting to have the best results and plan to do this several times, I recommend getting some hair shears. I don’t expect you to spend hundreds of dollars on your shears, like I did. I found a pair of shears for under $10 on Amazon with great reviews!

First, I will show you the step by step video. After the video, I will have the instructions written out too so you can see them or print them off.

Cut Your Own Split Ends Video

Do you have the courage to try this on your own now? It really isn’t hard!

Now for the written portion of the tutorial. Here is how I cut my own split ends.

How to cut split ends

1. Take a section of your hair.

2. Lace your fingers through your hair. Pointer finger on the top, middle finger on bottom, and ring finger on top.

Cutting Split Ends Trick

3. Slowly slide your fingers down the hair and cut the split ends that pop out.

How to cut split ends at home

4. Cut the split ends that pop out as you slide down your hair.

5. When you get to the bottom, point cut the ends of your hair by cutting with just the tips of your scissors. Watch your fingers! Do this slowly so that you don’t cut length off of your hair (or your fingers!)

How to point cut hair

6. Continue these steps until  you have gone throughout your entire head.

How to cut split ends

Now you have the same haircut that you loved before, only it is without all of those nasty split ends! Let me know how it works for you! This is a huge lifesaver for me.

Tips for Cutting Your Own Split Ends

  1. Don’t be afraid to try! Your ends will continue to split if you never address the problem. Just try this technique!
  2. Move slowly. This doesn’t take very long, but you shouldn’t try to rush it. When hair cutting is rushed, mistakes are made.
  3. Practice makes perfect. If at first you don’t succeed, try again! What I mean is that if you finish and you feel like their are still split ends that you missed, do it again. You are going to most likely be a little shy about cutting the split ends at first. You will probably need to go through your head more than once the first few times.
  4. Don’t ever let this technique replace a good haircut. You have got to get your hair cut. Go to a salon and let a professional cut your hair. This is only a technique to extend the life of that haircut.
  5. If your hair gets tangled easily, try putting a serum on your hair before cutting. Don’t put a lot on, or else it will keep the split ends from popping up for you to cut.

Makes sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE and if you want another great hair cutting tutorial, check out my post on how to cut your own side swoop bangs HERE!


  1. Umm pretty sure I absolutely love this. You are my favorite!
    Love Me, Dani Marie

  2. Such pretty pictures of you. Not only are you lovely, but they have GREAT LIGHT and nice and crisp. AND, I just gave myself a haircut the other day b/c my ends were so bad my hair wouldn’t curl. Not so pretty though…thanks for the tips! PINNING!

  3. This is genius!!! 🙂 I love how you did your video too by the way. But really, how have I never learned this trick?? I’m with you, I don’t trust myself to cut my own hair. I have a hard enough time cutting my bangs when they’re not straight across because my hands get in the way of me seeing etc.

  4. thanks for linking over at Take-A-Look Tuesday via Sugar Bee Crafts – – you were featured earlier today! most viewed link, boom!

  5. Can’t wait to do this to my girls, if they will let me close to their hair with scissors again. One bad haircut and now they are scissor shy…geez. 😉

  6. Word. I’ve been trying to cut my own for awhile now, and your technique is way better than mine. 🙂
    love the cut-your-own side swoop bangs post too! I also keep trimming mine, but now they seem like they could use a little more help, so I will try “taking them across the street. ” 🙂

  7. AWESOME! I love trimming my split ends. This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks!

  8. Great Post!! I am cutting my spit ends as I type this 🙂

  9. Nice post and pictures. The last time I tried to cut someone’s hair, it was my husband’s and I hyperventilated from the nerves. Good think I have super healthy hair. I will pin this though, in case I get desperate.

  10. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Thank you so much for this!

  11. Amberjane says

    I need this my hair is long and in constant need of sprucing up – thanks for the video 🙂

  12. I found this post from The Idea Room blog… Thank you so much for sharing this!

  13. You were one of our favorites last week… I am pinning! Thank you so much for the tip!

  14. Sacha Thornton says

    This tutorial is a life saver. Just put off going to the hairdressers for another few months

  15. I love this! Trying this tonight.

  16. Claudine Hellmuth says

    This is wonderful! I am going to try it! Any tips on doing the back? Or better to get someone to help with that part?

    • Just pull your hair to the front and you should be able to get the back pieces. If your hair isn’t long enough to do that, you can have someone else help!

  17. Cut split ends tutorials are the best! Thanks for sharing your looks!

  18. I bought Maple Holistics and it helped with split ends.


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