Amy's Dry Cutting on BehindTheChair.com!
MAXBLOG: Expert Advice Straight From The Salon
Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM
We are very excited to share with you how Amy's dry haircut concept, as seen in our recent blog post, has translated into one of the latest cutting trends.
It is the top-featured article on our industry's major website, behindthechair, entitled "A Cut Above: New Cutting Techniques, Tricks and Tips."
Please enjoy it. Maybe a dry haircut is right for you! Check out Amy's feature by clicking on the image to the right, or see the text version, below:
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MAXINE SALON, CHICAGO
“Dry” something new. Amy says that stylists at Maxine Salon use dry cutting techniques to complement their balayage color services. “Dry haircutting maximizes the movement in the hairstyle, and balayage color emphasizes it,” she says. While dry cutting isn’t a new concept in the beauty biz, the growing popularity of balayage color services creates the need for stylists to be comfortable with dry cutting. “Every stylist on top of their game must know how to do it,” Amy says, adding that dry cutting is an excellent way to see the fine details in the hair’s texture. What’s more, soft, notched-out design lines complement balayage.
It’s all in the fingers. When Amy dry cuts, there are three tools she can’t live without: standard shears, a thinning shear and a razor. Make that four with her fingers. “I use all three tools for removing length and weight from the hair, and instead of using a comb, I use my hands and fingers.” To remove length, Amy “pinches” a section of hair with her index finger and thumb, then uses the razor in her other hand to cut the hair off just above her grip. To create a basic long layer, she rakes through a section with her hands, lifts it with her index and middle fingers to the desired elevation, then notches the hair with standard shears or thinning shears. To remove weight from around the face, Amy recommends pinching a small section of hair between your index finger and thumb at the exact point where you want your face framing to begin. Next, slice out the shape by holding a standard shear with the blades pointed downward, quickly opening and closing the blades while simultaneously moving the shears down the length of the strands. Be sure to not close the blades all the way; it will remove too much hair.