HOW-TO: Men's Cutting Technique for Soft Texture

By Lauren Salapatek | 07/23/2013 3:14:00 PM


click image to zoom Do you have male clients that say they love the texture of their hair 10-14 days after it’s cut? Andrew Carruthers, Director of Education for Sam Villa shows you here how to give those clients the texture they love the day they walk out of the salon. Watch the video inside.

Reversible Blending Shear Over Comb

STEP 1: Take a section of hair with a comb, teeth facing up.
STEP 2: Hold the Sam Villa Signature Series Reversible Blending Shear with the still blade on the bottom, over the comb.
STEP 3: Slowly move the comb around the shape of the head while opening and closing the shears quickly.

A fair amount of hair will be removed without any hard lines, just soft texture. “The key is to move the comb slowly and the shears quickly – fast scissors, slow comb,” explains Carruthers.

Another trick Carruthers says, is using a comb color that contrasts with hair color for maximum visibility – use black combs on lighter hair and ivory combs on darker hair. It helps read the extension of the line you’re cutting.

The width of the teeth are also important, fine teeth create more tension and are optimal when cutting precision sharp lines, wide teeth create less tension and are good for softer lines.

Watch the video below to see this technique in action.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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