Knowing the proper haircutting tips and techniques is important for hairstylists and novices alike. Those in the beauty industry need to know the basics, and those who wish to cut their own hair should know them, too. Hair styling tools don’t need to be fancy for most styles, but they should be able to get the job done efficiently. Here are a few things you should know about rudimentary haircutting.
Different hairstyles compliment different face shapes. This is one of the most crucial aspects of haircutting. The face shape should be examined, and the style chosen should frame the face in the most aesthetic way. Oval-shaped faces look great with any hair style. People with round faces should opt for a fuller shape at the top (perhaps layers) and thinned below the cheeks to give the appearance of a narrower chin. Those with heart-shaped faces should find a hairstyle concentrating on fullness around the lower face and less fullness around the forehead. The most flattering look for those with square-shaped faces is wispy bangs and wavy hair. If you have an oblong face, look for a hairstyle that will create an illusion of a smaller forehead, such as side swept bangs.
Before cutting your or someone else’s hair, remember to use a cape or other form of protection from falling hair. Have all of your tools handy ahead of time and be organized with where you keep them during the haircutting process. Sectioning is important to keep the hair even. Part sections of hair, and keep the areas you are not working with out of the way with a clip. Position your scissors to cut at the desired angle. The angles may be horizontal, vertical, or at 45 degrees. Remember the elevation of the hair. When it points to the floor, it is at zero degrees of elevation. When it points to the side, it is at 90 degrees. If it is pointed to the ceiling, it is at 180 degrees. These positions are important to remember, especially when cutting layers.
Texturizing hair removes excess bulk and thins it. This is a procedure used mostly for people with overly thick hair. It also helps to create the proper flow and position for certain hairstyles. Texturizing scissors are most commonly used when performing this technique. They are used to alternate shorter and longer lengths. Regular scissors may also be used for this purpose, but texturizing shears make it easier.
Cutting dry hair
There are many advantages to cutting dry hair. For one, you are able to view the actual length of the hair while cutting it. Split ends are more visible and easy to remove. Electric clippers work best for cutting dry hair because of the mechanics of the tool. Cutting dry hair also eliminates the need for washing and drying afterwards.
Cutting wet hair
Wet hair is easy to comb out, and this makes it easier make an even cut. The natural fall of the hair is more visible with wet hair, as well. Basic cutting techniques are easier to follow when the hair is wet, so beginners or novices should cut wet instead of dry. In addition, more techniques can be performed with wet hair, such as razor cutting and slide cutting. Overall, cutting wet hair is easier than cutting dry hair.
There are different ways to cut hair according to the different textures. Fine hair at a single length always looks the fullest. People with fine hair should avoid layers and bangs. A few layers can enhance body and volume, but don’t go overboard. Course hair should never be cut with a razor or thinning shears. This will only temporarily take the bulk out. As the hair grows, it will lose shape and become uncontrollable. Wavy and curly hair should be trimmed every eight to 20 weeks to control the frizziness at the ends and keep the volume throughout the hair. Straight hair needs to be trimmed regularly to keep split ends at bay.
Sharp scissors are required for haircutting of any kind. Sharp scissors are the only way to ensure a precise, straight, and even cut. They should also be sharpened regularly and replaced when necessary. Other things, like texturizing scissors, should be on hand if you wish to add different lengths efficiently. Combs, clips, and other simple accessories should also always be on hand.
Haircutting your hair or another person’s hair should be done with precision and basic know how. The proper tools combined with basic techniques can ensure a great looking haircut for you or someone else. Practice and knowledge make a hairstylist or haircutter the best that he or she can be. Remember to follow these tips for the best haircut possible.