Meta:Men—Classic and Contemporary Men's Looks

Lauren Salapatek | April 27, 2012 | 9:18 AM

Pivot Point International has announced the launch of Meta:Men, the latest installment of the company’s totally new salon educational brand created to satisfy the growing demands on hair designers for more men’s hair styles and variations. This collection provides a range of looks from classic to trendy for every type of client.

Meta: Men offers a body of work featuring four classic looks, four contemporary looks and shear-over-comb techniques to inspire stylists and provide fresh ideas to share with male clients. The versatile designs in Meta: Men are suitable for busy professional lives and offer easy transitions to trendy, low-maintenance looks for nightlife and weekends.


Meta:Men—Classic and Contemporary Men's Looks


1. Section with a horseshoe-shaped parting above the crest area.
2. Begin at the right sideburn area. Use the wide teeth of a large comb to project the hair at 90 degrees. Angle the comb for a high line of inclination and move the clippers across the comb. Slowly move the comb upward and outward between clipper strokes to create a high line of inclination.
3. Work toward the ear with the clipper-over-comb technique.
4. Tilt the head forward and work through the back starting at the nape. Continue working toward the left side. Angle the comb slightly to help blend the side and back lengths while maintaining the line of inclination.
5. When you reach the left front side, work from the sideburn area to the sectioning line sculpting high graduation.
6. Return to the right side and switch to the fine teeth of the comb. Position the clippers parallel to the teeth of the comb and refine the high gradation. Work toward and around the ear. Bend the ear forward and refine the perimeter to blend with the sideburn.
7. Then work toward the left. Adjust the position of the comb and clippers to work around the ear and hairline. Check for balance and symmetry as you work.
8. Tilt the head slightly as you work through the nape. Position of the taper comb and shears to blend into the high gradation. Work to the left side.
9. Move to the interior and subdivide with a center part. Visually determine the desired length and angle before continuing.
10. Take a vertical parting above the right ear. Distribute and project at 90 degrees. Position your fingers nonparallel and notch to create a length increase
toward the top.
11. Work toward the front using a mobile design line. Shift the last parting at the fringe back for a length increase toward the face.
12. Connect top lengths starting in the crown. Distribute straight up and notch horizontally. Work toward the front shifting the last parting back for a length increase.
13.  Use the comb to lift the hair from diagonal partings while using the taper shears through the midstrand and ends. Work diagonally in one direction and then in the opposite direction to texturize the interior.

Meta:Men—Classic and Contemporary Men's LooksEVAN

1. Distribute lengths naturally using the wide teeth of the comb. Use the sculpting comb to visualize the desired length and angle of the perimeter.
2. Use the shears and the comb to distribute the hair naturally with minimal tension. Position the comb horizontally and notch just above the tip of the nose.  
3. Extend the diagonal-back line on the right side. Use natural distribution with no projection and a diagonal-back comb position. Notch while pointing the tips of the shears away from the face. Use minimal tension as you work over the ear. Work to the center nape.
4. Return to the front and extend the diagonal-back line on the left side. Continue to use comb control with natural distribution and no projection. Notch toward the back as you work to the center back.
5. Next, section the head with a horseshoe-shaped parting along the upper crest.
6. In the center back exterior, take a vertical parting. Distribute straight out, position your fingers vertically and notch. The lengths below the occipital are kept to maintain weight along
the perimeter.
7. As you work toward the right side, adjust your finger position to maintain the solid perimeter, especially near the ear. Work to the front hairline using a nonparallel finger position.
8. Return to the center back and use the same techniques to work to the opposite side.
9. Alter your finger position as needed to maintain perimeter weight at the side. Work to the front hairline to complete the exterior.
10. Release the interior lengths and establish natural distribution. Determine the point of origin and pre-section the interior into pivotal partings.
11. Work toward the left side. Note that the resulting interior lengths may slightly overlap the previously sculpted exterior. Sculpt parallel to the head as you work around the crown toward the right side.  
12. Remove excess moisture. Then use a paddle brush to air form. Start in the nape and direct the lengths, without lifting the base.


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