Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Newbie question about S&D

  1. #1
    New Member Scarlalar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Age
    31
    Posts
    1
    Type
    2a/2b/M/ii/iii

    Default Newbie question about S&D

    Hi I'm new to this forum
    Lately I've developed the habit of going through my hair and finding split ended hairs and cutting them, one by one. (I think this is what you guys call S & D ?)
    My question is, how big of a difference can S&D make to the overall appearance of the hair? If I S&D more often, will I need to trim less? I'm really trying to avoid trimming my hair because I've always wanted tailbone length hair and have finally decided to go for it. Right now it's reaching waist-length.
    I'm really glad I found this site!

  2. #2
    Queen of Apathy HairColoredHair's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Age
    35
    Posts
    4,834
    Length
    short/knee/???
    Type
    1a/M/ii/iii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    If you S&D then you likely won't have to trim, though your hair may not maintain a blunt cut look (it may trend more toward a V or U shape, or something else, depending on how your particular head of hair grows.) So you wouldn't have to trim for healthier hair, but might for looks of the hemline (if that matters to you).

    Overzealous S&D can thin out the ends a bit, creating a fairytale look, so if you don't like that look, be careful to snip only the ones that need it.
    Fav Products: Honey and Horn Combs! Current Length: Just above knee (a 'little' trim)
    Goal: Uh... Moo!

  3. #3
    Member Jenn of Pence's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Age
    38
    Posts
    1,264
    Length
    ~23/33/33
    Type
    1c/2a/M/iii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    Yeah, your hair is pretty thick, so it would take a lot over a long time to severely affect your hemline, but it is a possibility depending on the damage you have. I really do think S&D will help stave off trims, but might not totally eliminate the need for them as you grow. But any length you can save helps, right?
    I just like S&D in general. My personality just finds it satisfying! Plus getting rid of bad ends is a good thing!

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    8,498
    Type
    3a/3b/F/iii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    I S & D and then dust (trim) 1/8 - 1/4" once a month. I haven't noticed any difference in my hemline, but then I have wavy/curly hair and it tends to look different from day to day. If you don't have a ton of splits, I think S & D will be fine. If you have more than, say, 10% splits, a trim might be a better option.

    I enjoy S & D, as it makes me feel like I'm doing something good for my hair. The only thing that bugs me is that when I look at my ends without scissors handy it always seems like I have more splits than when I'm doing an S & D.



  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    30
    Length
    36/36/72
    Type
    2b/2c/M/ii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    I have also just recently started s&ding and do it every few days or so. I ALWAYS have more split ends! I don't understand how my hair can be getting all this new damage so often, especially since it is almost always in a protective bun. I am afraid if I keep snipping the splits, I will drastically thin out my already very thin hair. Help!

  6. #6
    Member beez1717's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Planet Earth
    Posts
    707
    Type
    1b/1c/M/C/iii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    Wait wait wait, before we get to any techniques for looking for the bad hair, what the heck does a split end look and feel like?

  7. #7
    Member HintOfMint's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    3,251
    Length
    Chin/Hip/Class
    Type
    2b/M/C/ii/iii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    My splits and white dots will travel up the hair shaft if I don't nip them in the bud. Eventually I'll end up with frayed strands that are quite visible. S&D is more preventive than anything else. It doesn't really affect my hemline because I only get splits and damage in the underlayer.

  8. #8
    Member ZoeSophia8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Age
    31
    Posts
    46
    Length
    27/28.5/32
    Type
    2b/2c/M/ii

    Default Re: Newbie question about S&D

    I also find that the more I S&D, the more splits I find (I cut over 50 the other night), but knowing that I'm new to this, I try to stay calm. I agree with someone on the forums who said something along the lines of... you're seeing more because you're actually looking for them, and getting better at looking for them. As long as you're using a very sharp pair of scissors that is used for nothing but hair, I think you should be fine.

    I also see it as preventative, since if I don't snip them, the damage will travel up the hair shaft.

    Quote Originally Posted by beez1717 View Post
    Wait wait wait, before we get to any techniques for looking for the bad hair, what the heck does a split end look and feel like?
    A split end is just what it sounds like. At the very end of the single hair strand, the hair splits into two or more strands. S&D involves snipping just above the split in the hair strand at a 90 degree angle with sharp scissors.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •