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Darkhorse1
April 26th, 2013, 09:05 AM
Hey folks! I'm curious about something.
How does your stylist or friends trim your hair? Do they just pull all the hair back and trim across or do they section the top hair from the bottom?

I'm curious because my stylist trims my hair the first way--just the little ends, all in one go. However, I went to my mom's hair dresser (she treated as I was having a bad day), and her hair dresser sectioned out my hair and trimmed it that way. I was curious as to why they did that, but I have to say, my hair looks better/is fuller when it's sectioned rather than the straight across method.

Any hair dressers out there able to explain why the different methods? I'm just curious more than anything. I LOVE my hair dresser,but it's good to know I have a choice of 2--though mom's hair dresser is more expensive, I trust her because she used to have long hair like myself and my hair dresser has long hair :D

akilina
April 26th, 2013, 09:25 AM
Well if your hair is thin enough its not a problem to just comb everything super neatly and trim it all in one cut sometimes. It just depends on their hair. I would never do this to someone with thick hair by any means....Is that what you meant?

It might have looked better due to one doing something else different. Theres no real way that one way would make it thicker and the other wouldn't. Its possible that maybe yours didn't make sure everything was combed very flush and straight down. If you are sure to section it out there is no room for this mistake.

kitekats
April 26th, 2013, 09:34 AM
I'm no specialist, but I guess:confused:, that you section hair when you want some sort of layers, and that is what gives it some volume (but it works mostly for thick hair, or if you blow dry and style your hair every day), while straight across cut is to achieve simple even and smooth hemline (for fair, thin and straight hair).

patienceneeded
April 26th, 2013, 09:46 AM
I have very thick hair and every stylist I've ever been to has sectioned it before cutting. Sectioning has nothing to do with layers, I've had plenty of blunt "straight across the bottom" trims, but they were all done in sections. Layering is also done with the hair in sections, but just because the cut is sectioned off does not automatically include layering being added. I'm pretty sure sectioning is to make sure that the cut is completely even and that nothing turns out wonky and uneven in the end. Maybe a very thin-haired person with stick-straight hair could get a "all-in-one" blunt cut with no sections, but it would be really difficult to get the cut to be straight and even if they hair is thick or has any texture.

akilina
April 26th, 2013, 09:55 AM
Also just wanted to say....Layers should NEVERRRRRR be cut in horizontal sections unless you are a 4 year old being defiant and chopping your hair off with safety scissors. No stylist i know would EVER cut layers in horizontal sections. Always vertical, and starting your guide in the middle vertical section.

Mya
April 26th, 2013, 10:18 AM
As far as I know, sectioning is needed when trimming, even if it's a straight across cut. Have you ever tried cutting a big quantity of material (a thick layer of fabric for example) with scissors? The material will get cut only for a bit, then will bend and tatter (and likely ruin the scissors). It's the same for hair. You cut it section per section because you want to cut it, you don't want it to break because you squeezed too much of it in the scissors. Maybe your hair looks nicer with this method because you get healthier ends.

lunalocks
April 26th, 2013, 11:29 AM
I have a blunt cut and my stylists always cut in sections. My best hair guru always matched side to side to make sure sides were even. What I did notice is that they tnd to finish off the bottom with a series of upwards tiny chops. I have asked them to not do this, please. I think it is to have those bottom hairs fall neatly into place rather than look like it was just cut straight across. At my length - 36 inches- I have enough of a tapir to not need that kind of finish.

The way a stylist finishes your hair and what products they use have a lot to do with how your hair feels when he/she is done.

patienceneeded
April 26th, 2013, 11:53 AM
Also just wanted to say....Layers should NEVERRRRRR be cut in horizontal sections unless you are a 4 year old being defiant and chopping your hair off with safety scissors. No stylist i know would EVER cut layers in horizontal sections. Always vertical, and starting your guide in the middle vertical section.

This too. I may not be a stylist, but I pay attention to what they do and ask questions. I have been to probably over 50 different stylists in the last 15 years, not because I don't like the previous stylist, but due to my own stylist-commitment phobia. I like change.

Darkhorse1
April 26th, 2013, 01:40 PM
Wow! Thanks for the info!!
My ends are much thinner due to major hormonal shedding, but having said that, I still have a lot of hair. My first hair dresser sections the back and sides, but my mom's stylist would clip the top section up and trim the underneath area first, then would trim the top. I've had others do this too and I never used to notice a difference until recently---probably due to a thinner hemline. Nope--no layers for me. I do straight across blunt because it looks best when braided. My original hair dresser has always made sure my ends are even/not bent, but I also think she did a microtrim rather than a big trim (ok, 1 inch is a big trim for me ;) )

Also, I should add my original hair dresser doesn't pull it all into too thick of a portion--she just pulls it behind my shoulders--and I stand up for her whereas my mom's hair dresser keeps me in the chair. I also found this interesting. I would venture to guess that's a personal choice there.

Very interesting to learn! Thanks :)

jacqueline101
April 26th, 2013, 02:35 PM
I've never had my hair cut in sections. My hair sort of thick.

jeanniet
April 26th, 2013, 02:43 PM
I've never had my hair cut other than sectioned. I don't see how they could do it in one go, unless they used hedge shears. I think you could do it with fine, thin hair, but anything ii and up, no way. When I cut it myself, I do Feye's method and cut the ends all at once, but let's just say I'm sure I'm getting less than professional results and I do a little extra trimming to even it all up. I wouldn't pay someone to cut it the way I do!

tigereye
April 27th, 2013, 01:47 AM
I have really thick hair (or at least I did before my exam-stress shedding). Cutting in sections is the only way a hairdresser can get it even.
Last time I went, I actually had a really good hairdresser (open-minded about my henna-ing and everything) who got me to stand up while she cut in sections (I was nearing BCL at the time, so I guess it was the easiest way). The only problem with this method is the amount of detangling that has to be done to each section as you let it down.

schweedie
April 27th, 2013, 02:16 AM
My hairdresser always sections mine, too. Never had it done any other way.

Although one thing has changed - before she always used to wet it a bit before she started cutting it, but now she cuts it dry. I'm not sure what the difference is, heh.

akilina
April 28th, 2013, 12:30 PM
I think theres some confusion.. It can only be done on thin hair and you dont cut it all at once like with "hedge shears"... you dont chop all of the hair at once literally in ONE cut...You make a guide in the middle and go from whatever side to the other but the hair is usually so thin in the ends that it can be done.
It doesnt make anything different as long as the stylist is sure to really comb well from the roots to make sure there are no hangups or hair tucked away anywhere.
I have worked with some hair that was so sparce that when a section was let down there was no hair to even work with.

jeanniet
April 29th, 2013, 12:21 AM
Oh, I know they don't literally do one chop, but with thick hair there's just no way you could do it without sectioning.

Jorja
April 29th, 2013, 06:35 AM
Although one thing has changed - before she always used to wet it a bit before she started cutting it, but now she cuts it dry. I'm not sure what the difference is, heh.

I've always wondered this too, I rarely go for a cut, (I just feel embarassed sitting in front of a mirror and don't know where to look, I usually end up watching someone else behind me get their hair done lol) but when I do it's usually a dry trim, but maybe it would be better to go with freshly washed hair?

Anyway, sorry, back on topic .... I've only had mine cut by sectioning. The section never stays clipped on my head though, too thick and heavy, I try to sit still and balance it on my head, but it always whumps off and the clip falls out.