I’d never before heard of a machine that removed split ends until one was used to trim my hair at a hair salon, and ever since, I’ve been looking high and low to get my hands on this intriguing gadget to shape up my hair at home.
Quite simply, it trims stray hairs that have grown beyond your normal length – most likely damaged split ends – without removing from the body of your hair. The machine itself is cordless and rechargeable, and comes with two spacers; one ¼ inch trim, and one ⅛ inch trim, which are essential for achieving an accurate cut. As expected, you do need to thoroughly detangle your hair in advance of using the machine.
A fresh cut without leaving the comfort of my own home? Did it sound too good to be true? I wanted to find out!
I’m forever in pursuit of long, luscious hair. While I know shorter hair is in fashion and looks impossibly chic, after four years of short hair, coupled with its frizzy nature, I’m looking for a change. I usually get trims every 2-3 months which keeps my hair healthy, and I use deep conditioning masks every week, sometimes overnight. I also haven’t had highlights in over a year which has helped me regulate the length and quality of my hair.
I visited the hairdresser two weeks ago for my usual trim, but unless you go for a big chop, pesky split ends usually persist. I try to avoid heat as much as possible by only straightening or curling my hair once a week, as well as using a restorative hair mask weekly.
Despite my trim, I can still see some rogue split ends, so this is the perfect opportunity to help me maintain my hair between cuts, without compromising its length.
I begin by thoroughly combing through my hair, using my trusty Tangle Teezer. The hair trimmer has to be brushed through your hair to cut the split ends, so it’s essential your hair is knot-free before you start.
Next, I separate my hair into four parts. Taking a small section of hair (smaller than you would for a curling wand) I brush downwards with the machine. It might sound like a blender is about to blitz your hair, but rest assured, it only cuts at the ends.
It takes about 20 minutes to finish trimming my hair, but it can take longer depending on your length and thickness. The results are, of course, immediate. Because I brushed my hair beforehand, it looks a little fluffier than usual, but it’s noticeably smoother and cleaner at the tips now as most of the split ends are now gone. I’d recommend only occasional use though, to ensure you don’t thin your hair.
This machine really is life-changing if you’re looking to keep your hair looking fresh without losing inches at the salon. Understandably, it doesn’t remove every single split end – but it does significantly tidy the tips and help to keep it in a healthy condition. It’s also an excellent tool to use alongside your regular trips to the hairdresser, and I definitely intend to use it every few months from now on.