Hairdressers warn against the TikTok trend “Hair Dusting”, which is supposed to get rid of split ends

Hair dusting is one of the latest hair care trends gaining traction on TikTok, promising those who master it shiny hair without unsightly split ends.

This technique, which has garnered more than 24 million views on the platform, involves removing the ends of the hair section by section using hairdressing scissors, but without cutting off any of the length.

Hairdressers on TikTok have jumped on the trend. London-based stylist @yourbesthair said of the technique: “Hair dusting is a hair cutting technique that involves removing as little hair as possible to avoid split ends without cutting the length of the hair.”

Meanwhile, Dubai-based salon The Hideaway posted striking shots of shiny hair after a wash, claiming the treatment “prevents future split ends.”

“Have you ever tried hair dusting?” the salon asked in its video. “We remove split ends and keep your hair long and healthy… Get rid of split ends without losing an inch.”

London stylist @yourbesthair recommends twisting the hair first
The hairdresser also advises always using professional hairdressing scissors for a blunt cut.

TikTok creator @moniquemrapier attributes her hair transformation to hair dusting (along with scalp massage, applying hair oils, and increasing protein in her diet).

In a video on TikTok, she gave tips on how to get thick, shiny hair: “Once a week (maximum twice), set a timer for 10 minutes and trim off any split ends you find. Cut directly above the spot where the strand of hair split.”

“You do NOT need to cut higher and you do NOT need to cut all the hair at once. Just find the damaged areas of hair and cut where the split ends start.

“Don't trim all the split ends at once. Do this once a week for 10 minutes.”

There is a lot of hype about this hair trend, but is it really worth a try?

FEMAIL spoke to leading London hairdressers about the hair dusting trend – and it turns out that while the trend does have some benefits, it's definitely not something we should try at home.

“Hair dusting is a term used for the removal of split ends. It involves sliding the scissors along the hair shaft and removing only the protruding split ends, not the length itself. This is a trim,” explains Katie Allan, celebrity hairstylist and founder of MAYFIVE Hair.

Allen continued: “Please do not try this at home – it could end badly if the scissors slip and a piece gets ripped out.”

Dubai-based salon The Hideaway has shared some impressive shots of shiny hair after hair removal
The salon promises that the treatment “prevents future split ends.”

“The purpose of hair removal is to keep hair healthy and to remove damaged hair that cannot be repaired.”

Siobhan Jones, creative director at Blush & Blow London, agreed, saying: “I wouldn't try this at home as there is a risk of removing too much hair and making the hair look thin.”

How to prevent split ends

We asked some of London's leading hairdressers how to prevent future hair breakage. These good habits pay off

Get your hair cut regularly

Limit the heat and use a heat protection spray

Use moisturizing shampoo as well as leave-in conditioners and hair oils

Be gentle with your hair when it is wet and purchase a wide-toothed comb.

Eat a high-protein diet and drink plenty of water

However, Allen said the trend is worth a try if implemented by a professional.

“Split ends cause hair breakage and it is impossible to completely repair split ends,” she said.

“Instead, it needs to be cut by a professional to ensure your hair doesn't break or become damaged further.”

“If you expose your hair to high heat or bleach and get dry and brittle ends, it's worth visiting the hairdresser to have it combed out, because it won't change the cut or length of your hairstyle.”

And what can we do to prevent split ends in the future?

“Get your hair cut regularly, use only moderately hot styling tools and always use a heat protectant spray,” says Sarah McKenna, founder of The London Hair Lab.

“Moisturize your hair and use moisturizing shampoos that nourish and strengthen your hair.”

“Use protective products like leave-in conditioners and hair oils on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.”

McKenna also stressed the importance of being gentle with wet hair. She said, “Be sure to detangle it with a wide-toothed comb or a Tangle Teezer.”

Of course, lifestyle also plays a big role in ensuring your curls are in top condition.

McKenna says: “Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water also play an important role in hair health.”