View Full Version : point cut versus blunt

January 2nd, 2011, 01:12 PM
Hi guys,
I found this thread in the archives but I wanted to get some advice on getting hair cut by a hairdresser. If there are any hairdressers here it would be great to hear from you on asking for a blunt cut. I have been getting my hair cut by a hairdresser who does a choppy "point cut." It makes my ends seem less neat and very jagged. I know this is a common way of cutting hair. How do I convince her that I would like a blunt cut without seeming rude? I don't want to insult her abilities and I love going to her. I don't want to tell her how to do her job, but my ends seem so thin and spikey after I see her. Is a blunt cut a less 'skilled' cut whereas the point cut is a more technical one? Do you like point cuts better? TIA :)

January 2nd, 2011, 01:18 PM
You just need to tell her that you have decided to thicken up your ends and you want a blunt cut. Any stylist who is unwilling to give you the type of cut you want if a stylist unworthy of your time and money. I think she will understand and oblige you. I don't know any stylists who are not capable of doing a blunt cut, it may not be their preferred method of cutting, but your satisfaction is what matters.

January 2nd, 2011, 01:21 PM
I agree. The transaction is not about what she prefers to cut or to see. It's about satisfying you by giving you what you want.

January 2nd, 2011, 01:27 PM
Exactley, i always had my hair cut in a V but i didnt even like it. Now i just say what i want, if she doesnt cut it the way i like it i dont go there anymore,its your hair and you pay for it.
I'm sure hairdressers are just as great in blunt hemlines as in pointy ones,i think its just whats in right now what they automatically cut.

January 2nd, 2011, 02:50 PM
Hi, I'm new but as a hairdresser (although I don't do it professionally anymore) I thought I'd butt in. Hope thats ok? :)
I prefer a blunt cut especially on finer hair (like mine) and also I prefer a straighter line rather than a 'V'.
I agree speak to your stylist and if like the one I had recently, she apparently listens then does her own thing, don't go back!

(Personally I believe point cutting is 'cheating' as you don't need to be as accurate, and on thicker hair its easier as you can get steps if you don't know what you are doing or are in a rush; but any good hairdresser worth their salt should be able to cut a straight blunt line on any hairtype :) !)

January 2nd, 2011, 03:00 PM
Great, thank you for your advice. It sounds like I won't offend her if I ask, and that she could do something like that just that she may not do it automatically. :)

January 2nd, 2011, 03:02 PM
Last time I went to a stylist I took a piece of paper with "WHAT I WANT" at the top and a bullet list of everything I wanted, with pictures :) I got exactly what I wanted!

January 3rd, 2011, 08:18 AM
When is possible is better to cut/style hair at home. Hairstyler always want to put their fantasy and art on beautiful hair...often producing disasters :-) ...

January 3rd, 2011, 08:39 AM
I hate to say this, but I had a stylist that kept cutting my hair the same way when I repeatedly asked her to do something different. I had to go to someone else to get what I wanted because it just didnt seem like she was ever really hearing me. I dont know why this happens but it just seems like there is some sort of communication blockage.

If you like her and want to keep going to her, I would suggest going to someone different for the blunt cut who will just do what you say and not have a history with you. Then, once the blunt cut is establised, I would go back to the old hairdresser. Once she isnt the one to make the big change, she is more likely to maintain it. Just my :twocents:

ps...if you are afraid of hurting her feelings just say you had a spontaneous moment. This is generally totally accepted and understood when it comes to hair.

January 3rd, 2011, 08:41 AM
Since when is it rude for a paying customer to ask for a particular hair style at a salon? :)

January 3rd, 2011, 08:51 AM
Since when is it rude for a paying customer to ask for a particular hair style at a salon? :)

Totally agree,. I would have been mortified if a customer had felt unable to tell me they were unhappy or wanted something else - it means I woudn't have built up trust. But then maybe thats because I had very long hair myself which is unusual amongst hairdressers and something I had to fight to keep as every colleague wanted to 'give it some shape and movement - which translates into shorter and layered LOL! !).

I was always especially particular when asked to cut or trim long hair to the point of checking what the customr meant by a 'half inch' compared to mine (there's was generally less than a true half inch). I would always push my finger on their back where their hemline was then again where it would be if I took off the amount they were asking for! It gave them a truer idea of how much they *really* wanted cut off.
I often wondered if there was a market for a salon that offered a specialist service for those with long hair?

January 3rd, 2011, 02:11 PM
Oh just found that in the US there are LOTS of ong hair friendly salons and even salons specialising in long hair! I missed a trick there LOL!

Wonder if there are any in the UK?

January 3rd, 2011, 02:40 PM
Since when is it rude for a paying customer to ask for a particular hair style at a salon? :)

This. You're not going to offend her by asking for what you want. You don't have to say you didn't love what she did last time, or explain why you want a change. People change up their hair cuts all the time, for no reason other than they are looking for a change.