How To: A Uniform-Layered Cut
One of the basic haircuts in a stylist’s repertoire is the uniform-layered cut. This haircut utilizes techniques that are a part of many other hairstyles, making it a valued technique to master.
Section the Hair:
To start the hair should be combed out and separated in the standard seven-section parting. This divides the forward portion of the head into the top section and left and right sides. The rear portion of the head is divided into four sections: left and right crown, and left and right nape.
Mist the hair with water to make the sectioning smoother and more cleanly defined. Once you’ve finished the sectioning, keep the mister bottle nearby to make sure the hair stays damp. Damp hair is easier to cut and control in the cutting process.
Take a one-half-inch perimeter of hair around the head (including the full fringe area of the intended style) down from the sections you have created. Re-secure the rest of the hair into its corresponding section. Start in back and cut a one-inch guide to the length to which you desire the hair to fall. Do the same in the front of the head. The lengths in front and back should be equal.
Work your way around the head cutting the perimeter using the already established guides to measure the lengths. With a truly uniform cut, the perimeter will follow the outline of the hair. Work from left to right cutting approximately an inch at a time from one side, then the other in order to help keep your haircut even.
Check to make sure that you’re keeping the sides even by pulling segments from the same point on either side of the head and bringing them forward or back to gauge the balance of the lengths. Adjust any imbalance to even the lengths on the side that is out of balance. Once you’ve made the perimeter the length you desire, then you are ready to finish the cut.
Lower the hair from the sections a half-inch at a time. Comb the hair smooth and make sure it is still damp. Use the perimeter cut as a guide length and take slices of the hair starting in the back and hold it out slightly from the head and cut the hair at an angle (keep your scissors parallel with the scalp). Work from center back going from left side to right side in order to keep your cuts even and balanced. Take a small portion of the hair already cut to help you know what length to which to cut the next portion.
When you have finished with the first segment lower another half-inch or so of hair and repeat the process of cutting the hair to match the established length. As you move up along the scalp continue raising the elevation at which you hold the hair. (Around ear level the hair should be held parallel to the floor and your scissors would be held vertical in cutting.)
Continue in this manner until you’ve worked your way to and through the top sections of the hair. The very top section will be held straight up from the scalp over the head and your scissors will be held parallel to the floor for cutting.
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