I recently spent an evening with Austin, a young client of mine, and ended up discussing his hair
and his desire for a new look. As a young man (he’s nearly 20) he likes to wear his hair short, but wants some “style” in his look.
For some time, he’s been opting for the faux hawk style, with the strip of extra length along the center of the top section, but
has grown somewhat bored with the look and wanted a change.
Given that he tends to have a short face with wide, expressive eyes and a broad mouth, he needs
a style that will offer some balance and prevent his face from appearing too wide. He’s recently been losing weight which has hardened
some of the angles of his face as well, taking it from a rounder look to square. Austin’s hair is in excellent condition, but is baby fine
and only moderate in density, which means that it tends to appear sparse with a very short cut.
The goal here, then, was to give him a slightly different look that he could be happy with,
and which would help his hair look fuller while balancing and complimenting his features. The before pictures show Austin with his
hair un-styled and about 6 weeks after his last haircut. As you can tell from the ragged edges of the hairline, he needed a clean-up cut at the very least.
Cutting The Hair:
So, I took out my trusty clippers and shears and we set to work. To start, I used the clippers
with a Number 2 guard to cut the sides and back to the crown and parietal ridge. Following the contours of the head, I allowed the
natural weight line to be apparent. Once the lower sections were cut, I used the clippers, sans guard, to edge the perimeter and
around the ears, giving the style a clean defined outline on the lower hairline.