Texturizing the Hair (2)

Point cutting to texturize hair
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The advantages of smooth cutting are that it allows for bulk removal from the hair while maintaining a sleek finish. Since the ends of the hair are cut randomly, the result appears more natural.
End Finishing
The most common method used today for hair texturizing falls under the category of end finishing. The specific technique referred to is called "point cutting."
Point cutting involves holding the hair segment with the fingers, controlling the ends of the hair, and inwardly pointing the shears into the hair ends. With each snip, a small amount of hair is removed. Depending on the cutting angle, different amounts of hair can be taken off, resulting in various effects ranging from softness to choppy layering.
End finishing techniques are most often used on shorter, layered styles, though they are also used on other hair lengths and blunt cuts. What makes them so good for shorter hair is that you can dramatically alter the finished look of a cut by using point cutting or other end finishing techniques.
Point cutting long hair
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NOTE: I often hear from even trained hairdressers that thinning the hair with cutting shears is difficult for them (especially when doing the chipping method or point cutting) because they always end up nicking themselves. This usually happens because the person isn’t manipulating their shears properly.
When holding the shears in your hand, you should ONLY MOVE YOUR THUMB to work your blades. By practicing until you make certain that only ONE blade moves during any cutting method, you will have more control and ensure a cleaner cut.
See also:
Chipping and slicing
The difference between point cutting and slithering
The difference between a razor cut and a scissors cut
How to achieve a haircut with out-turned or flick up ends