Haircutting should always be left to the professionals. This IS why stylists go to cosmetology school, right? As a professional hair stylist myself, I want to make people feel good about themselves in how they look. I like to give people a self-esteem boost! Plus, I like it when they tell me how good I am at my job—that is a self-esteem boost for me!
I have generated a list of 10 effective laws of haircutting that professional hairstylists should know and understand. These basic guidelines to cutting hair will help maintain an efficient work environment and consistency.
- Standard elevations of haircutting: 0˚- 45˚- 90˚- 180˚
- Hair should be evenly saturated with water.
- Use clean partings and sectionings.
- Use proper body posture when cutting.
- Use proper hand ergonomics with cutting tools.
- Be aware of the customer’s head position.
- Always be able to see your guide.
- Short hair pushes long hair and long hair follows short hair.
- Elevation causes graduation and the active part of hair is at the top of the head.
- Stand in front of the section you are cutting unless instructed otherwise.
Those are my Laws of Haircutting. What are yours? Leave a comment below! Also, check back in the near future for more in-depth hair techniques that includes these laws.