How to Cut Hair Like A Professional

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 9:00 AM


This article will help you discover the hair cutting techniques used by professional stylists to create that latest look for their clients. Hair cutting is easy when you know how.

Hair Stylist Market
Hair cutting is a very useful talent, makes a good career and is a relatively easy profession to get established in. There will always be the need for hairstylists and of course everyone needs a cut and hairstyling. Most people have a haircut about every 6 weeks so there is a huge market of repeat customers.

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Hairdressing is a relatively easy occupation to find employment or start your own business. There are no complex regulations or training requirements to comply with when starting a business. You don't need a lot of capital to purchase equipment or inventory. And it is easy to rent a small shop and have a basic fit-out including hot water for minimal expenditure. It is easy to attract in walk-by customers without outlaying money on advertising. You may have to start with lower than average market pricing to initially attract customers but once you are established for a few months you can slowly increase your prices to those similar to the competition in your area. If you are good at cutting and employ some basic customer service skills your customers will return again and again. Many people visit the same shopping centre every week so they like to go to the same hair shop.

What You Will Need
The basic kit is a pair of hairdressing scissors, clippers (for men's cuts), a comb & hair brush, a spray water bottle, hair clips & clamps, a mirror and a blow dryer.

Hair Consultation
Before beginning any hair cutting or styling a good hairstylist will consult with the client as to what their desired outcome is to be. The stylist will ask basic questions about what hair length, style and color is desired. Some clients may wish to dramatically change their hair style from very long to very short hair or from black to blonde hair. A good hairdresser will recommend to a client to gradually change their hairstyle or hair color so that it is not such a personal shock to themselves and others. For example, a girl with long hair who wants to cut it all off and have a short style would be advised to have several hair cuts to gradually reduce the length of her hair.

Wash the Hair
The first step is to wash the head with a good quality shampoo. Wash the head twice and apply conditioner once. Make sure the water temperature is warm - not too hot and not freezing cold. Towel dry the hair leaving it damp so it can be cut easily.

Comb the Hair
Comb the hair straight and remove any tangles. This can take a few minutes for a girl with very long hair and a few seconds for a man with short hair.

How To Cut Hair in Layers
One of the most challenging hair cutting techniques for those learning hairstyling is how to cut in layers. Cutting hair in layers is an important technique because it transforms dull, flat and lifeless hair into a stylish hair cut that looks good for men and women. All types of hair, long, short, wavy or curly can be layered to give the person a modern and stylish appearance. When cutting hair in layers the outer layers are shorter than the inner layers giving the client a modern and trendy appearance. Layering can be performed on a client of any age or face shape.

Blow Dry the Hair
Use a hair brush and blow dry the hair to remove excess water from the hair and finish the hair style. Dry the ends by either rotating the ends inwards, for a classy layered appearance, or rotate the hair outwards for a modern style.

Coloring Hair
There are many ways to color hair but the basis method is the same. Always color after the hair cut so there is less hair to color and it is easier to get to the roots. Dry off the client's hair with a blow dryer. Mix just enough dye to do the job by combining the contents of the coloring and setting agents in a small plastic bowl. Brush or comb the coloring agent through the client's hair and let it stand for a period of time depending on the instructions of the particular coloring agent used. This can be up to 20 or 30 minutes for some coloring agents and depends on the desired final color. Then wash off the color agent and shampoo the hair.

How to Learn Hair Cutting Techniques
The best way to learn hair cutting techniques is to purchase a training course that includes illustrations and videos of a professional hairstylist. The course will need to illustrate how to cut short hair, long hair, men's hair and cover coloring, highlights, layering, blow drying and all the other ancillary activities of hairdressing. As not all hairstylists make good teachers, make sure the course you purchase is designed by a hairstylist, with many years experience, specializing in teaching hairdressing students.

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