Head positioning is one of the most important things to consider while cutting chin length hair, says Caci Stauffer (@hotsaucehair), a Phoenix, AZ stylist who specializes in beautiful bobs. She shares her tips and techniques for getting the best results, including this reminder on several issues to address before putting down those scissors.
“When her head was in the normal, straight-forward position her haircut looked complete. Then we tilt her head, moving her ears closer to her shoulders and the results are in and ... the haircut is NOT COMPLETE. The ‘little bug hairs’ come out and are exposed in this position.”
Stauffer says this happens for a few reasons:
- HEAD POSITION: “I didn’t cut her hair with her head tilted this way (to show the difference).”
- ELEVATION: “I used my fingers to hold her hair on the sides sections so it wasn’t truly at natural fall. There will always be graduation if the hair isn’t at natural fall. Sometimes, graduation is wanted however in this situation it isn’t. It’s a huge reason a lot of bobs are cut dry.”
- THE EAR: “I mean, I know we use them but, ugh, they can be trouble with bobs. Some people comb the hair over the ear and do the ‘tap, tap, taparoosky,’ but I just split the hair around the ear and pretend it’s not there. This way works best for me but I do always have a little cleaning up to do around the ear. Once you’ve addressed these issues and do the detail work your bob is complete!”
Big sections big mistakes 🙌 we all know what we SHOULD be doing , but do we always do that? Or do we get busy and cut corners?🤔 I promise it does not save time to be sloppy. I’d argue that it actually wastes time bc you have so much to correct in the details! ⏰ If you can’t clearly see your guide, for the love of Hair don’t cut it! 🙏Take a subsection, then maybe even another subsection and you will have a much clearer path to a gorgeous outcome! Most people who know me know that I’m quick! I don’t like wasting my time and the clients time by being slow 🐢 my advice for any young stylist is always to get efficient and quicker, responsibly of course. BUT as I’ve changed my focus this year to more precision cutting, my cuts have slowed down by about 15 minutes. I’m slower 😳😂 Bc I’m taking baby sections , and not settling for an ‘OK’ outcome. What do you think about this visual ? A Clean part and a small section > a messy part and thick section all day , everyday and forever ✂️✂️
I’ve been counting down my top images in 2019 and this was number two! Growth is so funny bc even now I could go back into that bottom photo and do a little snip snippin. I have been blown away this year at how much more I started loving short hair. I definitely plan more cutting education both in person and online this next year! The internet is so flooded with color education and I think that is bc it’s more visual and easier to watch and repeat. I feel like cutting needs to be more hands on to learn. Which is why there is so little of it online. That’s just my theory anyway 🤷♀️ but I still find this photo so satisfying 🖤 (any bob fans out there? I have something fun comin your way! )