The Haircut Is BACK!
Craft hairdressers are playing a major role in bringing the haircut back. Joseph Longmore, Sam Villa Show Ambassador, explains how these stylists’ pursuit of excellence has brought precision cutting into the limelight.
Craft hairdressers push the limits of haircutting by simplifying their approach. They take definitive sections with intent and use a combination of tools and techniques to precision cut for predictable results. They are connected and post their methods and results without any expectation of feedback. They are cutting for the love of cutting and constantly striving to streamline tools and techniques to be better... and that is what makes them so good.
“By pre-sectioning haircuts and providing a roadmap of how we want each section to live, we can effectively understand the principles of haircutting
while simultaneously predicting the end-result. It takes a great deal of practice, patience, and persistence to discipline, or even shift, our mindset toward a new approach to cutting, but it’s incredibly rewarding” says Longmore.
With many guests requesting strong foundations with an undone softness that makes the shape more livable, it’s time to turn to precision cutting again. “True, a precision bob requires smoothing and gripping products to keep it from becoming too heavy or boxy, and it’s not the textured bob
that most women want today, but
we can still infuse the same discipline and structure to a highly textured bob by simply changing the technique we choose to remove the hair. The structure is infused by the elevation, over-direction, cutting line and sectioning, while either razor cutting or very deep “peak and valley” style point cutting can provide a shape that floats and moves with the individual,” adds Longmore.
As with any technique, using the right shear and sectioning creates more control and precision. Longmore gives these tips and shares that it requires a blend of sectioning, varying styles of shears and multiple cutting techniques to achieve the complexity displayed in modern haircuts.
• When working with smaller more detailed sections, use a small shear
• Cutting larger more compressed sections requires a longer blade
for more control.
• If the targeted end-result is a highly refined clean edge, use smaller sections.
• If the desire is to create a loose textured edge, larger compressed sections are more efficient.
Hair: Sam Villa ArTeam
Photographer: Mitch Meyer
Makeup: Keri Hatfield
Wardrobe: Michelle Boucher
Assisted by: Carmen Nydegger.
Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa brand, Education
Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, Stylist Choice Award Winner for
Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), and
Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). He is the pro that
teaches the pros how to do hair. Check out his new consumer website (www.samvilla.com
for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results
at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to
recreate the looks - Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal
tools and blow dryers.