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Creating layers within a cut can create volume, texture and lift, however, sometimes they can also create corners within your cut. Sometimes weight in a haircut can be beneficial, but other times you’ll have to texturize a great deal to get rid of it. In this tutorial, Sam Villa Education Director, Andrew Carruthers, demonstrates how to round the top edge of layers to maintain strength while avoiding a hard weight line.

Learn how to create layers that float seamlessly without visual corners below.

Carruthers points out that often times stylists work transversally, meaning the sections being cut traverse the round of the head.  So, if cutting something at 90° horizontal, the bottom of the section will be closer to the head and the top of the section will have to stretch further due to the round shape of the head.  When a straight vertical line is cut, it creates a little corner of weight at the top edge of the section and has to be texturized to avoid excess weight in the silhouette (a hard corner).

To prevent that issue, Carruthers advises cutting a slightly curved line.  Use a Sam Villa Signature Series 5.5" Swivel Swivel Shears to allow the dexterity needed to curve the shear to create a slightly rounded cutting line that softens the top edge of the line.

“When working on a layered pattern with lower elevation, curve your cutting line slightly to follow the curvature of the head and you won’t have to go back in and texturize that area to try to take the line back out,” adds Carruthers.

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