Now divide the hair down the centre back,
finding the natural centre using the top of
the spine as a guide. Then divide the
section to behind the ear to separate the
Start by taking a curved horizontal line in
the nape area. Note: this section will
depend on quality and density of hair texture.
Comb this section as close to the
shoulders or the back as possible with very
little tension and cut the hair using the
comb as a guide. It is important to
understand your first line is your guideline
for the rest of the outline shape.
Assess the shape before you continue
(straightness). Take subsequent sections
parallel to the crown and cut in the same
Note the client’s body position and tension
At this stage continue through into the
temple area. Comb the hair back and over
the shoulders and continue with the square
line through the back area.
Note: Again this area is the guide through
the side section - it is important to establish
a clean guide with the correct amount of
weight in the outline. The thickness of this
section will vary according to the hair
Once this outline has been established
move onto the front outline shape.
Take a section from the centre down to the
back of the ear on a diagonal line. This
mirrors the outline shape.
Now assess the outline before cutting.
Next comb the hair allowing for its natural
fall. Overdirection is not required as the
outline will be established in a free manner.
Hold the hair in place with fingers and cut
the angle free-hand from long to short.
Now repeat this on the second side.
By establishing the outline in both sides an
accurate balance is achieved.