The first component of any hair cutting technique is the tool. Whether using straight shears (scissors), chunking shears, blending shears, or a razor, the goal is to cut hair. Each tool has a specific result that can often be duplicated by another tool, but the understanding of how to hold, angle, and move the tool is the foundation of all hair cutting. Some techniques that we employ are straight cutting, point cutting, slithering, slashing, sliding, and efflorage. Not all techniques are appropriate for all hair types or hairstyles. We carefully match the technique to the clientís hair type and the style desired.
Cutting wet hair is the standard technique of the hair industry. Wet hair allows for precise cuts and control of different hair textures. We prefer to only razor on wet hair to minimize damage and split ends and will use various, though not all, shear techniques for the same reasons. The disadvantage is that wet hair does not behave in the same manner as dry hair, and natural texture may change the shape of the cut as it dries.
Dry cutting allows the stylist to see the result while working and gives a creative stylist the ability to sculpt. It is a perfect technique for naturally straight hair. The disadvantages are that natural texture is not considered, the client always walks out with straight hair, and clients with fine hair often experience damage after repeated dry cuts. We recommend alternating dry and wet cutting for clients that are prone to damage.
In many respects, this is the best of both worlds. The structure of the cut is done wet giving a solid foundation to the cut followed by dry detailing. It also gives many more styling options.
The razor has come in and out of fashion over the years and is now the industryís trendiest tool. The highly textured looks seen in fashion are most efficiently made with the razor. It is easy to use but difficult to master. Many clients fear it because it can remove a great deal of hair in a few strokes. This is also the reason stylists love it. The same results may be achieved with shears but with greater effort. We only razor on wet hair and tend not to razor very fine or damaged hair to avoid damage.
We tend not to use clippers very often because the surface of clippered hair is too uniform. It is a tool that we respect but prefer the results from using shear over comb or the clipper very sparingly. Some menís haircuts require the use of the clipper.
Color techniques are as varied as the spectrum of colors we can achieve. Most of our staff both color and cut, but we have a few that specialize. Still, our specialists understand the integral connection between cut and color. We do not have enough space here to describe all of the different color techniques we use, so lets just say that they include but are not limited to foil highlights, single process, double process, paneling, slicing, weaving, and baliage.