After a trim haircut at One Loudoun, hair is bouncier and more healthy.

What’s the Difference Between Trimming, Dusting and Cutting?

To be honest, there really isn’t much of a difference to your stylist. All three require combs, scissors and hands. As they say, it’s not about how much we take off, but what we leave on!

But let’s take a look at these three different types of hair services so you know what to expect.


When a client asks for a “trim,” that usually signals to us that they aren’t looking to lose much length, are happy with their current style and would simply like it cleaned-up to maintain healthy-looking hair when leaving the salon.

Most of the time our stylists are in fact giving “trims.” This type of cut maintains the health of the hair, but more importantly, keeps the style and shape the same. We refresh and reshape the cut so it continues to work for the client.

We always ask our clients to show us with their fingers how much they want cut because an “inch” can look different to different people. Regardless, we will advise the client on how much we recommend taking off to make their style look and feel the best for as long as it can.

Thinking about cutting your own hair? Put down the scissors, and read why you should wait for an appointment with your stylist.

How Often Should You Get a Trim?

Your hair grows an average of six inches in a year! During that time your style will definitely start to grow out and your ends will need tidying. We recommend getting your hair trimmed four to six times a year. (Shorter styles will need more attention!)


Dusting is a specific cutting technique also called a surface cut which involves your stylist carefully and methodically removing just the damaged ends of the hair. A surface cut takes away little to no length and focuses on the split ends at the bottom of the hair as well as the unhealthy flyaways along the length of the hair. Your stylist will start by blow drying the hair straight. Then they will take sections of hair in their fingers and bend them slightly so the flyaways that pop out can be snipped.

How Often Should You Get a Dusting?

Whenever you are seeing a change in the glossiness of your hair or dead ends it’s time for a dusting. The surface of your hair is usually what gets the most abuse from hair elastics, curling irons and blow dryers. A surface cut can really help with shine and smoothness and also give you a more healthy, polished look.


Of course with the above services, we are also cutting your hair. But here we mean creating a fresh new haircut and style. This haircut may take longer as we will want to spend more time on the consultation including looking at photos. If this is an entirely new style, it may require extra time in the chair to nail the look. Subsequent cuts should be quicker for sure.

How Often Should You Get a Haircut?

Whenever you want! A haircut can be done as often as you’d like to change up your look and try something new. As we mentioned at the beginning, from your stylist’s perspective it doesn’t matter what terminology you use to describe the cut. We just want you to communicate what you are looking for so we can deliver healthy hair and make you feel like a million bucks as you walk out of the salon.

Want more information on any of these services? Contact us today!