HOW TO: Shatter Cut by Matt Beck
In this step-by-step, Matt Beck and Brian Haire create a look they call the Shatter Cut, consisting of strong lines at the base of the cut and a "shattered" (heavy layered) exterior, inspired by the recent Great Gatsby film.
Cut: Matt Beck
Color: Brian Haire
Step 1: Section hair from high occipital with a slight diagonal forward parting to behind the ear. Take a 1/2 inch vertical section from the center back.
Step 2: To begin the cut, take vertical sections, elevate to 90 degrees, and cut. Continue with a traveling guide to finish off the left side.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the right side but change your hand position to fingers down.
Step 4: Make a horizontal parting 1/2 inch wide in the temple area. Isolate that section so you don’t cut it. Matt recommends a quick braid and tuck it behind the ear.
Steps 5 and 6: Start Cutting with horizontal partings keeping the hair at a 0 degree elevation with a slight diagonal forward finger angle.
Steps 7 and 8: Keeping your fingers parallel to the wall and taking a guide from step 2. Continue with a traveling guide but use a bit heavier over direction to push extra weight to the right side of the head.
Step 9: Cut a strong line using the jaw line as a guide.
Step 10: Coming the hair straight down, cut out a horizontal line at the cheek bone.
Steps 11 and 12: Dry cutting and detail work. See video for details.
The Color: Back to back whole-head foil with a simultaneous root retouch using Paul Mitchell's Synchrolift with 20-volume. Then it was toned with Paul Mitchell UTP and 5-volume. Once dried, apply the new Paul Mitchell Ink Works purple as a mock "root retouch" and let sit for 15 minutes. Then run it through the ends for 2 minutes before washing it all out.
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