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No matter your skill level, when cutting hair it is common to finish an initial guide, cross-check a cut, and notice that one side is much longer than the other. In an effort to create an even finish every time, Sam Villa, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken is sharing his top tips. “When cutting a side section of a haircut, your mindset is focused on the side, so why not create a guide and cut the other side to match before addressing the top area?” explains Villa. Learn some of his top tips to create guides to match the sides below.

Sam Villa’s Top Tips: 

  • After cutting the first side, pull out the top slice of hair that will be the guide.
  • Place a Sam Villa Signature Series Long Cutting Comb horizontally between the index and ring fingers with the slice of hair between the index and pointer finger and the tip of the comb touching the head.  Without moving the comb, slide your hand out to the end of the guide.
  • With the opposite hand, slide the thumb and index finger up the comb to the guide and hold fingers on the comb to mark the length.
  • Move to the opposite side of the head and take a small slice of hair with the tip of the comb – still holding the marked spot of the guide.
  • Place free hand up against the head with a section between the ring and middle fingers, insert comb in horizontally, slide out to the length of the guide, and cut.
  • When hair is elevated above horizontal to cut the rest of the section, the shorter hair conveniently pops up to signify where to cut.  Resting the guiding blade on the ring finger provides more control when removing hair. 

“This is another way to save time when cutting…maximize the focus of your mindset in each section and you will be able to match the sides of the head immediately versus having to take the extra time to go back and adjust,” adds Villa.


Tune in weekly to learn other helpful cutting tips from the Sam Villa team here.