Time-Saving Cutting Techniques

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The most popular services that Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken Sam Villa's following of salon professionals name are layers, a trim and some version of a bob. It can take a lot of time and technique to create these looks—Villa shares simples tweaks to each of these services that will cut time in half, leave guests happy and allow you to have more clients in your chair each day.

Layers Offer an express service to remove split ends

  • Weave a section of hair under the pointer, over the middle and under the ring finger, bend fingers and pull section taut
  • Slide fingers down hair shaft with the guide blade (try Sam Villa Signature Series Dry Cutting Shear 7”) resting on the pointer and open and close shears to snip all the split ends that pop up as hands slide down the section

Quick Trim – A simple dusting to create a lived-in edge with an oval shape

  • Section back hair down the middle
  • Comb diagonally forward in front of shoulder to create an oval perimeter shape and add graduation
  • Place comb in horizontally to desired cutting line and cross hatch the ends
  • Release, section will fall short to long with a shattered edge

Fringe – Transition blunt bangs to longer layers that fall to the side with less weight when guest is choosing to grow out fringe

  • Determine the part
  • Take diagonal forward section and backstroke with a blending shear (try Sam Villa Signature Series Reversible Blending Shear) to create a nice soft line

Face-Framing Angled Layers — Sculpt a smooth visual blend around the face

  • Take a diagonal-back side section and use dry cutting clips to pin back rest of hair
  • Comb hair into natural fall
  • With a horizontal finger angle, insert a slide cutting shear (try Sam Villa Artist Services Slide Cutting Shear 6”) under fingers and use pointer to push shears down to slide cut just the edge of the section to create a subtle angled frame

Volume – Create froth at the crown while maintaining length

  • Section hair at crown, pin top layer aside
  • Weave the guiding blade of dry cutting shear (try Sam Villa Signature Series Dry Cutting Swivel Shear 7”) into a horizontal section and back cut
  • Unclip top layer and release over back cut section for hidden volume

Watch Villa demonstrate these time-saving techniques here.