How-To Video: Small Trim, Big Difference

No matter how long you've been in the business, one thing is certain for all hairstylists: There are many different types of clients. But, regardless of type—reluctant groomers, career-focused cutters or carefree trendsetters—a client is either going to be eager or apprehensive when it comes to change.

In today's how-to video, Ruth Roche (@ruthroche), Global Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, works with a client who admits she's a little bit anxious about getting a cut. Roche only gives her a small trim, but the technique she uses makes a world of difference in both volume and style. Watch below. 


  • To eliminate some of the volume underneath, lift the hair vertically and cut the "point."
  • Trimming the point will allow the hair to lay closer to the nape of the neck rather than angling outward. 
  • If you need to take off more volume, move in closer and work freehand. 
  • Drop the top section down and connect the perimeter with the section you previously cut. 
  • To frame the face, maintain the perimeter length and trim downward. 

About: Roche specializes in design/finishing trends and business – she’s as captivating in front of thousands as she is in an intimate in-salon setting.  She is the winner of multiple North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) awards and has contributed to Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.  Stylists from around the world learn, grow and fuel their creative fire with her.  She is an established celebrity stylist (Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Pink, Jenna Fischer, Mariah Carey…) and maintains a loyal clientele at Cutler Salon in NYC. Website:; Facebook; @RuthARoche; Instagram: @ruthroche; Twitter: @ruthroche; YouTube: @ruthrochetv.


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