Cut with styling product – Applying styling gels or other finishing products prior to cutting aids in efficiency in several ways. Sections are cleaner and tension and distribution are better maintained with product in the hair. Hydration remains more consistent with product as well. By the time we are nearly finished cutting hair has typically dried down quite a bit. In order to apply styling product we re-wet the hair. Now we dry what we have just re-wet. This wastes time. Working with and through product has the hair drying down with the product already in place. Final drying and finishing happens much faster having eliminated the rehydrating step.
Line early – My signature efficiency tip is lining early. Haircuts never look finished until they are lined and edged. We have always been trained to line and edges as the last step in a cut. Move the lining and edging to the middle of the cut. Once the lining and edging is completed you will now discover you have less than ½ of the cut left to complete. This has you finishing earlier. We tend to overcut when we cannot clearly “see” the finished look. By seeing the finished look sooner we will stop cutting earlier eliminating this tendency to overcutting.
Any one or a combination of the above efficiency tips will have a huge impact on your productivity and your customer experiences. These factors increase your income and your enjoyment of your craft. Let me know how they impact haircuts for you and your clients.