Hair Cutting Tips
Here are some of the most popular hair cutting tips from seasoned experts:
Know when to cut dry hair and know when to cut wet hair. Depending on the personal style of the hair stylist, you may prefer to dry cut the hair, or you may prefer to cut the hair when it is damp. When using clippers it is important to cut the hair while dry, as short hairstyles can be difficult to create while wet. Shears that are used for cutting the hair can be used on both dry and damp hair, it is all the personal preference. Dry cutting can be an effective way to shorten the styling time and get a cut that is true to the practice, whereas wet cutting of the hair can be an effective way to get a concise haircut.
Sharpen your scissors. Sharp scissors are one of the most important parts of giving a good haircut. Have your scissors sharpened on a regular basis and ensure that they are sharp while working with your clients. If you find yourself using the scissors and find that they are dull, it is always good to have a backup. There are many drawbacks to using dull scissors to cut hair. Dull scissors cannot create concise and sharp, as well as straight cuts. Rather, dull scissors cause the hair to have the appearance of dull ends and can leave you with a bad haircut.
Undersatnd what your client wants. While consulting with a new client, be sure that you have the same idea in mind for the haircut. If a client describes a certain style such as chunky or choppy, be sure that you have the same meaning of the word. This way, you won’t end up creating a hairstyle that is completely different from what the client had envisioned, leaving them disappointed with the style.
Never cut too much initially. This is especially important when cutting short hair. It is important to avoid taking more than an eighth of an inch from the hair at a time. Short and small cuts, rather than large chunks of hair being removed can reduce the chances that the hairstylist will remove too much hair and therefore must find an alternate cut. Taking this small amount off can also lead to a hairstyle that is more evenly blended than other types of hairstyles.
Pay attention to your finishing work. The finishing work on a hairstyle can make or break that hairstyle. Finishing work includes making sure that all ends are even – which can be completed by measuring ends on an even point such as the nose or occipital bone. Finishing work also includes adding texture into the hair through the use of small cuts which are often created by cutting in a downward motion into the hair. This is an effective way to create a polished hairstyle.