We are very excited to release our newest video: The Medium Fade Haircut with a longer textured top. Anytime you are leaving a longer top and cutting the sides very close it can be very challenging. Some of the important things to remember are not to fade higher than the widest point of the head and make sure the blending area is never higher than the front length. These are the two most important instructions in providing a balanced medium fade or any fade for that matter.
There are certain haircuts that require additional texturizing and/or length removing that goes beyond the basics of barbering. With these advanced barbering techniques you will learn how to combine one of the basic techniques with a razor or thinning shear. These advanced barbering techniques are what will take your finished work from very good to exceptional and put you in the top of the men’s haircutting profession.
Advanced Barbering Techniques Guide:
- Scissor over fingers with thinning/blending scissors technique is used for texturizing hair, texturizing and cutting length at the same time, or cutting length only. Section and pick up the hair the same way you would with the scissor over fingers technique and close the scissor once at the top 1/3 of the hair shaft to create texture. Keep closing the scissor in the same section to remove length.
- Scissor over comb with a thinning/blending scissor is used for the same purposes as the over fingers technique except on shorter hair. Start about halfway down the section and slowly raise the comb while the scissor keeps opening and closing. When moving from one section to the next make sure to over direct the comb just enough so the previous section falls out.
- Razor over fingers: This is an advanced technique which can be used for texturizing or removing length. Either a feather razor which is a straight razor with a guard or straight razor without a guard will be used. This can be done with vertical or horizontal sections. Pick up a section with the hair between the fingers and the palm facing the body. Gently place blade on the hair about halfway down the shaft at a 45 degree angle. Make a few short light strokes keeping your wrist still and just moving at the elbow.
- Razor over comb: This is a great technique for spiked hair and bed head looks. Hold the comb the same way you would for any of the other over comb techniques and run the straight razor across the comb.
- Thumb over razor: Use the razor with a guard. Place your thumb over the cutting surface with the hair to be cut in between. Press the hair into the guard and pull upward in a quick motion with your wrist. Repeat this until the desired length is removed.
- The razor sculpting technique: Comb the hair in the direction it will be combed. Slide the comb slowly through the hair and follow with the razor stroke behind it. This is an excellent technique for smoothing out thick wavy hair or giving more body to straight hair.
- Razor sculpting on the contour of the head and neck for leaving a natural hairline. Comb the hair in the direction it naturally falls and use a gentle cutting stroke above the hairline.
Visit http://www.howtocuthair.tv/advanced-barbering-techniques/ for the how to video and a more in depth description of these techniques.
In order to become an exceptional barber or men’s hairstylist you must learn the basics first. There are four basic men’s haircutting techniques that are the foundation of men’s haircutting. In order to master this craft these techniques must become second nature. Everything you do from now on in your career in men’s haircutting/barbering depends on mastering these four techniques.
How To Cut Men’s Hair – Basic Men’s Haircutting Techniques
- Scissor over fingers: This technique can be used for layering with vertical or horizontal sections. Hold the hair between the pointer finger and middle finger with the palm facing down and the pinky resting on the head to stabilize the section. Use the front portion of the scissor and do not cut past your second knuckle.
- Scissor over comb: Stand upright leaning slightly away from your scissor hand. Hold your elbow up slightly and extend the scissor out in front of you. This will ensure you open and close the scissor with just your thumb. Once you drop your elbow you will be using all of your fingers to open and close the scissor and it will not cut properly.
- Clipper over comb: The same technique as scissor over comb only you are using a clipper. This technique is excellent for removing large amounts of thick hair.
- Clipper over comb is also a great technique for the semi-finish section to begin the tapered/natural hairline.
- Blade on skin technique: This technique is used for short clipper cuts. Use the desired clipper blade length or attachment and run the clipper up the side of the head cutting to the desired length.
- The blade on skin technique is used for the outline the forehead and temple area of shorter haircuts.
- Lastly, the blade on skin technique is used for outlining the perimeter of the haircut including shaving the hair on the back of the neck.