Every family that wants to save money by reducing professional services, such as salon and barbershop visits, must learn how to cut hair.
Cutting hair is not as simple as taking a pair of scissors and lopping off the hair. In fact, it requires preparation, separating and cutting to get the job complete.
As a beginner, you will need to start with learning the technology of hair-cutting. A step-by-step guide to cut hair for beginners is provided below.
Learning the terminology of hair-cutting is a necessity for beginners. As mentioned above, cutting hair is not as simple as lopping it off. The most important terms include:
- Angle – refers to how the scissors are held. The most common angle is 45 degrees, but professionals like to mix things up a big when they cut hair. They will utilize the 45-degree angle, as well as vertical and horizontal.
- Elevation – refers to the direction in which the hair is pointing. For example, zero degrees of elevation means the hair is pointing downwards. 90 degrees of elevation, on the other hand, means that the hair is pointing downward. 180 degrees of elevation means that the hair is pointing upwards.
- Razoring–is utilized for thinning hair and creating layers.
- Layering – is utilized to create various lengths of hair. If someone wants to add volume to their hair, they must utilize short layers. People with short hair can utilize long layers to create an illusion of length.
- Graduation – is a technique utilized to create the bob hairstyle, where the hair has a curvy shape and is shorter in the back.
When you cut hair at home, you must follow the same directions as the professionals. The first thing professionals do is prepare the hair for cutting.
They start by washing and conditioning the hair. Utilize shampoos and conditioners that are designed for your specific hair type. For example, if you have normal to dry hair, you will need a shampoo for that hair type.
- Wash– Professionals recommend washing the hair at least twice. This will remove most, if not all of the oil buildup. Utilize the proper shampoo to ensure the best results.
- Condition – Utilize a conditioner that is suitable for your hair and will not weigh down your hair. A good conditioner will help make your hair more manageable and easier to cut.
- Detangle – If your hair is prone to tangles and knots, it is recommended to follow up with a detangler. Choose a brand with biotin and keratin or argan to ensure the best results.
- Brush – Brush your hair thoroughly to remove tangles and knots.
Wet Or Dry
Depending on your hair type, you may need to leave your wet or dry for the cut. For example, wavy and curly hair is much more manageable when dry.
African American hair should also be completely dry before cutting. Straight hair, on the other hand, is much more manageable when wet.
Periodically dampen the hair by spraying it with tap water. The dampness will help keep the hair stuck together, so you can create an even texture.
Remove Split Ends
When removing split ends, it is recommended to leave hair dry. Doing so will allow you to see the split ends more clearly.
- Pull the hair tight and wrap it around your finger
- Snip away hair that is at least half an inch long
One of the most important factors that must be considered when getting a new hairstyle is the face shape. The shape of the shape can put limitations on the hairstyle.
For example, a style that provides height and fullness on top and thinness just below the cheekbones is more suitable for round face shapes. People with square shapes should avoid straight bangs and lines. This shape fits better with wavy hairstyles.
This step involves separating the hair into sections. Utilize a comb to part the hair, starting on one side just behind the ear. Repeat this step on the opposite side.
Along the parietal ridge, create more parting lines, this will allow you to separate the hair on the top of your head from the bottom and side portions. Twist each section of hair and secure it with a clip in the proper position.
Once the hair is separated and secured tightly, you must remove about an inch from each section. Start by untwisting each section.
Remove the strip of hair just along the hairline or outer edge. Once the strip of hair is removed and hanging freely, you can put the remaining hair back into its original position. Continue doing this until each section is completed.
Most people have a hairstyle in mind before they start cutting their hair. Unless you are going to wing it, you should follow the instructions for the particular hairstyle of your choice.
To create some hairstyles, the cut will start at the back and gradually move towards the front. Other hairstyles will call for cutting around the perimeter first.
Continue removing one-inch strips of hair from each section, bringing them to the central point. After each strip is removed and the section is secure, you can safely remove about half an inch or inch from the bottom. Continue this process until there is no hair left to secure.
Now you can check your work. Each segment of hair should even in length. If it isn’t, you will need to repeat steps one through four again.
Texturing And Point Cutting
Once you achieve the ideal cut, you will need to decide if it is necessary to texturize (thin) or pointcut (add texture). Both of these techniques are very simple to master.
To texturize, you just separate a section of hair, starting at the bottom edge snip away only a few strands while the hair is pointing upwards. Do not go overboard, because removing too much hair could cause it to be uneven.
Point cutting is slightly more difficult than texturizing. Nonetheless, the process is still very simple to master. Take a thin section of hair and place it between your index finger and thumb.
Make sure your scissors are pointing towards the scalp and always cut inwards. Cut at a steep angle to achieve what is known as “points” or textured edges. Depending on the depth and width of the points, you can create a chunky or subtle effect.
If you are trying to create a “layered” look, you will need to utilize deeper parallel points. This will help reduce weight by creating multiple layers.
Creating the ideal hairstyle is genuinely not that difficult. Of course, this is not to say that it will not take practice. If you can find someone who is willing to let you practice on their hair, then you should take them up on the offer.
Just make sure the individual knows the risks since you are a beginner. Always choose a hairstyle before cutting. This will give you enough time to prepare for the undertaking.