"Hair Dusting" Means You'll Never Have to Lose Your Length Again

Show this to anyone who says you *must* chop off an inch for healthy ends.

Finger, Brown, Blade, Tool, Hardwood, Hand tool, Steel, Metalworking hand tool, Nail, Sword,
(Image credit: Archives)

Ah, the dichotomy between wanting your hair to be healthy and stay the exact same length. It's a tricky one, but at the salon, we ultimately end up parting with a precious inch or two *at least* so that our ends don't look like the end of a broom stick.

But, at long last, there's finally a haircut that does both—AKA trims the fat, as it were, by nixing dead ends *without* making the hair noticeably shorter. The technique? That would be "hair dusting," according to L.A. hairstylist Sal Salcedo (opens in new tab).

"Hair dusting is a technique in which you don't get rid of any hair length, but only the damaged hair tips," Salcedo tells Refinery 29 (opens in new tab). "This can be done by snipping the very bottom of each hair strand. Think of it in terms of removing fuzz from clothes. You want to smooth the hair out the best you can first, because you need to allow the bad hair to pop up. That's what you will be getting rid of."

A post shared by SAL SALCEDO (@salsalhair) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

Reminiscent of the Brazilian approach to split ends, velaterapia or candle-cutting—which involves using a lit candle stick to burn split ends that stick out from a twisted section of hair—it's definitely a less hazardous approach. And, pretty mesmerizing to watch...

Still, it 1) requires an expert and takes a LOT longer than a regular haircut and 2) doesn't mean you won't have to part with some length eventually.

But if Salcedo and his shears want to have it with our split ends, they're his for the taking...

A post shared by SAL SALCEDO (@salsalhair) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

A post shared by SAL SALCEDO (@salsalhair) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

Follow Marie Claire on Facebook (opens in new tab) for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.

Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.