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Haircutting Techniques Part 1 – How to cut hair when it is too short to short pick up with your fingers

Many times when beginning a career in barbering or men’s haircutting the barber or cosmetologist will struggle the most in one particular situation. This is when giving a haircut the hair is too short to pick up with your fingers and the desired length is to be left longer than using the largest clipper attachment. Now what? or a look of confusion is what I get from the student. In my opinion this is where the truly talented are separated from the average.

There are two haircutting techniques that are used in this situation. The first one is called scissor over comb. This haircutting technique is when the comb slowly moves through the hair picking it up and the scissor held in the opposite hand opens and closes quickly cutting the hair. This is the oldest technique in barbering. (Yes, there was a time when the electric clipper did not exist.) With time and practice this technique will become second nature and you will start using it on longer hair instead of picking it up. You will find this haircutting technique to be much more efficient as well as more accurate than picking up the hair in many sections.

The second haircutting technique is clipper over comb. This works the same as scissor over comb except you are using a clipper. I recommend using an adjustable clipper or detachable blade clipper but never a trimmer. The trimmer is not powerful enough and the blade is too fine causing clipper lines in the haircut. Another benefit too this technique is you can begin the taper around the outline of the haircut after you finish each section. This will drastically increase the efficiency of your haircutting without increasing your hand speed. It is extremely important that the customer never feels like you are rushing them out of your chair.

This is the first blog of a multi-part series on men’s haircutting techniques.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.comto learn about these men’s haircutting techniques and much more.

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The Secret to Learning “How To Fade Hair”

Throughout my 20 year career as a professional barber and an educator, the most common question I am asked is “how do you fade hair without leaving a line ?” My answer is simple. If you don’t make a line in the first place you won’t have to worry about fading it out. I want you to repeat this statement to yourself every time you are about to begin a fade. FADING HAIR IS SIMPLE. IF YOU DON’T MAKE A LINE YOU DON’T HAVE TO FADE IT OUT.

Now I will explain how to make your job as a barber much easier. Start the haircut on the top instead of the bottom. The first advantage of this technique is you are removing length on the top so that when you start fading with the clipper you won’t lose site of the cutting blade in the excess hair. The next advantage is the clipper will cut through the hair much easier. As the head rounds in at the top take an imaginary line parallel to the side of the head until you run out of hair. This one technique will save you an enormous amount of time and improve your fades drastically.

This technique works best with a detachable blade clipper with metal blades. The power of the clipper plus not having any of the teeth covered with a plastic attachment allows the blade to move through the hair with ease. It also works very well with a powerful adjustable clipper. Make sure the attachments used with this clipper fit extremely tight so you don’t run the risk of it falling while you are fading the hair.

If you follow these steps, not only will you be giving better fades, you will be able to work slower without the fade taking longer.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com for more detailed video and written instruction on how to fade hair.

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