How to cut hair?
Hairstyling is not an easy task! But now and then all of us have tried our hand at being a self-proclaimed hair stylist by cutting own or someone else’s hair. I would not be wrong to state that the chances of a good outcome in such situations have known to be extremely low.
But do not fret, even if the first few attempts gave not so satisfactory outcomes, you should try to improve. Here is a compilation of the proper steps you need to follow accompanied with a few helpful tips, to cut hair yourself.
Start with basic preparation, take a mental survey of the instruments you have and the ones that you might require. Keep everything ready including the hair you will be working on.
- Wash the hair properly with the right product according to the hair type, is it treated hair, colored, curly, damaged, etc., choose accordingly. In case the hair you are handling is prone to tangles and knots, use a detangling product before you run a comb through them.
- Now, if you are going to work on straight hair; in most cases they need to be wet while cutting. Use a razor and pair of scissors to cut wet hair. On the other hand, if you are dealing with curly or wavy hair, just keep the hair a little damp. Waves or curls when wet tend to lie flat and do not show their actual curling pattern, ending up in an uneven texture.
- Prefer using clippers when you are cutting dry hair. If you just want to clip off the split-ends or you are running out of time and need a haircut soon, then this technique can be used. Split-ends are anyway better visible with dry hair.
Choosing a hairstyle
If you already know what you are going to do, well and good; but, if you are uncertain about the type of haircut you should choose then consider these pointers.
- Always take into consideration the face shape. If it is round face, use a style that offers height and fullness on the top of the head and thinning hair near cheekbones to give an illusion of longer chin, inversely for heart shape select a style that provides volume near cheek bones and for square shape go with delicate bangs and soft curls. Everything goes with an oval shaped face.
- You do not have to do everything with your wild imagination, take help. Check web pages for companies that manufacture hair products, they often have a few tips to share on using and styling with a particular product. Or, take the traditional route; flip through the pages of fashion magazines, especially the ones dedicated to hair. The easiest way is to look at tutorial videos on the internet.
- But, before getting into all the details about a particular haircut you need to get familiar with all the terms related to hairstyling. Read and understand what each term being used by expert hairstylists means, learn about razoring, graduation, layering, elevation, cutting angle, the products and specialized tools or instruments used so that when you are researching about a selected style, you are completely clear with the instruction.
The actual cutting
Before proceeding with the hair cut, don’t just start straight away. Firstly, you will have to part the entire hair into sections, follow the 7-section parting technique.
- After parting and securing the hair into twists, follow the instructions carefully. You might be cutting from front to back, opposite of this or around the perimeter first, it all differs and depend on the type of hair style.
- Keep in mind that all professionals take a good half hour or even more to finish a haircut and you will probably take longer. So, keep calm and proceed slowly and thoughtfully. Keep matching positions and even-ness by bringing hair to the center.
- You should be aware of hair texturing, point cutting, notching, freehand notching, slithering, cutting with a razor, slicing, shears-over-comb technique, etc. The more you know the better results you get! For example you can learn about hair clipper sizes here.
You would obviously know that a definitive hairstyle does not take shape until it is blow-dried and styled. Blow drying is considered bad for hair but if it is done properly, there would be none to minimal damage.
- Let the hair dry itself naturally, till 70 to 80%.
- Set the dryer on the lowest possible setting and at least 6 inches away from the hair.
- In spite of the bad reputation that blow-drying has, it has been researched recently that it does less damage than air drying your hair. Wet hair swells and the longer hair remain this way; the more pressure is exerted on delicate hair proteins that keep hair intact hence creating damage.
- Take a final look and even out any fullness and trim any uneven hair.
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