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    Question Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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.
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    I'm no specialist, but I guess, 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).
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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.
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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.
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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.

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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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.

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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    Quote Originally Posted by akilina View Post
    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.
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    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
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    Default Re: Curious about how your stylist trims your hair

    I've never had my hair cut in sections. My hair sort of thick.

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