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Imagine a haircut that could tame even the wildest of strands, allowing clients to “wash-and-go” simply because the cut is that good! That’s the goal of every precision cut. A style that once reigned supreme during the ’60s, a precision cut focuses on creating near-perfect ends and angles. Much like the name implies, the meticulous cutting technique requires extreme precision, focus and attention to detail. Here, five things to keep in mind for your next precision cut.

Tip #1: Stock up on the right tools

An artist is only as good as her tools, so it’s crucial that you use only top-tier instruments. Longer shears (6” ideally) are best for this type of cut—the longer the blades, the fewer snips you have to make, which leaves less room for error. It’s also important to use a high-quality cutting comb rather than your fingers to ensure accuracy. Lastly, a flat iron allows you to smooth the hair and see how it falls in order to trim any uneven lengths.

Tip #2: Plan ahead

Before you even attempt to snip any strands, create a game plan first. Mapping out your cut ensures that you won’t run into any roadblocks mid-chop. It’s also a good idea to consider the client’s natural face shape, bone structure and wave pattern before cutting.


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Tip #3: Minimize lifting

When cutting the hair to a uniform length, it’s important to cut each strand in its natural state. Lifting or flipping the hair are both major no-nos—doing so may cause you to cut the hair shorter than desired.

Tip #4: Don’t cut the hair directly over the guideline

Instead, aim to cut the hair at the bottom edge to ensure that the hair will fall to the same length as the previous strand.


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Tip #5: Regular trims are crucial

When executing a precision cut, remind the client that touch-ups are essential. Since the cut relies on near-perfect length and hair doesn’t grow at the exact same pace, clients may need to come in every 2-3 weeks to trim any uneven strands and maintain clean edges.

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