When most of us think of sectioning the hair for a haircut, we think of the standard seven-section parting set-up that was learned in Beauty School. This is a serviceable technique and has been used for
generations. But industrious stylists have introduced new techniques at varying points in history, among which is the star-sectioning technique.
This technique was used initially in a highlighting technique
called peekaboo highlighting. In the “peekaboo” technique the sections are divided and pulled to the center of the head. These inner sections are smaller and are lifted so that the hair underneath can be
colored and the highlights will reveal themselves when the upper layers move.
Star Sectioning for Cutting
When sectioning the hair into star-sections for cutting, separating the star sections is unnecessary. The division of the hair into a radial division allows for better control of the hair and easier
manipulation of the hair since there are no “sections” above or below any of the sections you might be working with (as is common in the standard parting method). Other benefits include:
• Better control and manipulation of thicker or coarser hair types due to keeping the work area vertical.
• Better manipulation of the hair for long-layered styles and cuts that use a stationary guide elevated above the
• The ability to perform different texturizing techniques more easily. (Such as point cutting the ends of the air
held at 180-degree elevation, creating evenly-distributed texture all down the long layers).
How to create the Sections
To create a Star Sectioning careful comb or brush (for cutting, damp) hair smooth so that it lies flat and is evenly splayed around the head. Select a point on the head approximately one inch forward of the
crown area into the top section. With your comb draw the end of the comb forward from the central point to the forward corner on either the right or left of the face. Repeat this process to create the opposite
part for this forward section. Gather the hair and wind it into a secure twist, then clip the hair into place securely.
Next, draw the end of your comb from the central point to the middle of the top of the ear. (With smaller heads you can adjust this point to be directly behind the ear.) Gather the hair on this forward-side
section, twist it and clip it securely in place as well. You can repeat this step on the opposite side of the head. This creates a left and right forward-side section.
In the back of the head, use the end of your comb to draw a line down the center of the crown section to the top of the nape area. Continue at a 135-degree angle to your initial line and draw the section
boundary to the outer perimeter. This should form a diamond shaped section. These steps are repeated on the opposite side and create a similar diamond shape. The remaining hair is allowed to hang loosely.
The Star Sectioning has been used for virtually every haircut and style, and is especially useful in creating the Stacked Bob, as well as various short, shag styles. As noted above, the star sectioning
technique is especially useful when dealing with very dense, coarse-textured and/or generally unruly hair.