It's a staple of the stylist's arsenal, and probably the most versatile and basic haircut in history. When you master the circle cut you realize how easily it can be
modified to a wide variety of possibilities and looks. A short circle cut is sassy and bouncy, while a long circle cut gives volume to the style.
Wet the hair and section it in the standard seven-sections: left side, top, right side, left crown, right crown, left nape and right nape. Leave approximately ¼ to ½ in.
(1-1.5 cm) free along the perimeter of the hairline. (see photo)
Starting at the nose, decide how long to cut the hair. Remember that wet hair will shorten as it dries - as much as an inch to an inch and a half (4 cm) for straight hair,
and as much as 4 inches (10 cm) with very curly hair. Cut a guide approximately one inch (2.5 cm) wide. Work your way around the head following the perimeter. Hold the
hair with light tension as you go and make sure to follow the hairline. Work from the front to one side, stopping at the ear, and repeat this process on the other side.
Next, move to the back center of the head, decide how long you want the hair to be. Start cutting the hair along the perimeter of the hair using light tension to hold the
hair down with no elevation. Work from the center back to the ear on one side, return to the back and do the same on the opposite side. As you meet with the front side at
the ears, blend the two lines together to form a single continuous line.
Let down the left and right nape sections. Comb these sections down and once more starting in the center back, slice a section of the hair vertically and comb it out-
ward at a downward angle. You should clearly see the guideline you cut at the bottom of the section when you cut the perimeter. Hold the slice at an angle with your fingers
and cut it. Re-comb and take a new slice of hair that includes part of the section you've already cut. Hold the slice at the same angle and cut, using the already cut hair as a
guide. With this method, work your way in one direction and then the other.