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When asked how many different hair cuts are their? my first thought was thousands but then if one really thinks about it well it’s quite an interesting thought process.
We need to break it down thinks i !
Long. lets say anything past shoulder blades
Medium. shoulder blades up to nape or chin length
Short. anything above this.
Remember this is my thought process into the question asked not a definitive way of assessing or going about cutting, back to the plot!
So next my thought went to layers why layers well at the end of the day if not all one length then layers to some degree or another make form the shape.
It could be argued that layers are required for a perfect on length look for that wonderful swing and movement!
So yes we must not forget techniques, slide cutting, castle thinning shear, razor Cutting, and the many other tools we have at out disposal but these are techniques if you like artistic license, freestyle cutting.
But the basic’s don’t change the length and degree of layering.
So all hair cuts are length and shape created by degree’s of layering this sounds very simplistic but it’s not because with this description we have to consider the real part creative talent, skill training,
Any hair cut however basic or however complicated is a mixture and bend of above techniques.
A hair cut is weight distribution it is having understanding of when cutting hair off where it will fall and lie how it will contribute to the final shape. It is being able to see and imagine shape. someone once said a great hairdresser should see a shape in 3D know how it will look, I think this a perfect analogy.
The key is that consultation on length and shape but also first and foremost to understand that if you put a weight line in with your fist cut it will dictate the whole cut it can make the difference between good bad average or just not good.
What ever we are doing creating has to start with a foundation if you do this a weight line can be moved as a shape forms if you commit to it off the bat you have know room for change maybe maybe that odd growth pattern double crown all things that can cause issue!
It can also be said that one length really is only when cut to 1/8th of an inch all over and left to grow but this would only be true as it grows out if you turned the person up side down. but then we are back into weight distribution why because you cannot cut a straight line on a curved surface and given the shape of the head we have thousands of curves and angles to play with hence understanding weight distribution.
I think that angles on the head could be by think about a fan placing on the crown open it up many angles now place on crown different direction again many angles how to they the work together?
As an exercise try this.
Stand behind your client take a section across the crown about 3inches wide comb it straight up
now look below your fingers at the section the distance between the crown to your fingers is less than the distance on the out side of section, why because of the curve of the scalp so it follows that it will be be straight when it falls. now take that same section and lean it to the left as you do this the hair in the middle of the section will fall away carry on and the hair traveling from the left of the section will fall away, this is weight distribution!
I would so happily discuss this with anyone it’s so complicated to put into words and yet such an interesting topic.
What are your thoughts? Mike B2MR