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Is there anything as exciting as making a big change? Few things make a stylist’s heart beat as fast as hearing that a guest wants a major transformation and take off a lot of length. The trend toward short hair is everywhere right now and for many, taking off multiple inches can feel extremely freeing. Whether you’re nervous or excited to help create this change, Becka Bradshaw, Sam Villa Ambassador @beckabradshaw, outlines a few simple principles to help guide stylists through the big cut!  See it here!

“Short hair has been and will continue to be a power move, a chance to reclaim self and style…and an expression of freedom.  It exudes confidence and can be effortlessly chic with the added benefit of styling versatility,” explains Bradshaw.

Understanding a few simple principles can help stylists take guests short with ease and excitement. 

Tips for Cutting Hair Short:

  • The pattern is based on the head form. Separate the top and crown in one line that moves around the parietal region of the head, then separate the nape, back, and sides.  This allows each area of the head to be addressed individually making the cut more manageable. 
  • Think of a hybrid approach, each area could have a different elevation, over direction and finger angle to make the cut visually blend together better.
  • Remove bulk first using a large shear such as the Sam Villa Classic Series Dry Cutting Shear 7”. 
  • Use a smaller shear such as the Sam Villa Essential Series Shear 5” for lightweight maneuvering in small sections. 
  • For a piecey lived-in look, use the Sam Villa Classic Series 14 Tooth Point Cutting Shear.
  • Elevation (up and down movement) controls the shape of layers. Elevation under horizontal 90° tends to build weight, while elevation over horizontal 90° gives a softer effect. For example, use a higher elevation in the nape area to remove the bulk of the hair and leave it piecey toward the perimeter. 
  • Finger angle controls where the most amount of hair is left in a shape. An even finger angle allows the amount of hair to remain even in the section.  A diagonal finger angle would leave length at the top or bottom of the section. 
  • Over direction encourages movement in a shape. Over directed side sections while razor cutting encourages hair to move back toward the ear. 
  • Razors are perfect for weaving in texture and encouraging movement and wispiness.

Shop The Technique:

Sam Villa Classic Series Dry Cutting Shear 7

Sam Villa Essential Series Shear 5” 

Sam Villa Classic Series 14 Tooth Point Cutting Shear

Sam Villa Signature Series Razor

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Credits: @beckabradshaw