MEN’S CUTTING: 3 TECHNIQUES FOR BETTER BLENDS
Are you looking to expand your service menu to include more men’s cuts but are intimidated by barbering techniques? For The BTC Show Online, we had some of the industry’s best barbers share some must-know tips and techniques to use on every client from fades to classic styles.
We can’t share it all—so we are teasing three blending techniques you can use on any male client. Scroll down to read it all and click here to purchase The BTC Show Online and have unlimited access to the course!
1. Use Elevation For A Cohesive Blend
Victory Barber & Brand™ Founder Matty Conrad (@mattyconrad) uses elevation to ensure his blends are seamless and don’t result in any holes. After establishing a weight line at the occipital, Matty starts by taking horizontal sections at the nape. Then, he’ll use his comb to elevate the hair up toward the line and cut straight across the comb. Continue this technique up the back of the head, elevating each section to the weight line to create a balance.
2. Establish A Stopping Point For Fades
When creating a tapered fade, BaBylissPro® Ambassador Sofie Pok (@staygold31) likes to create an even canvas using the guard that will be the longest length. Then, she will create a weight line at the desired height as a guide for her fade. This way, she knows exactly where the fade will stop and can blend everything up to match the already established longest length.
3. Catch Every Hair With The Side Of The Clipper
It’s important to make sure the clippers grab every hair when blending lines of demarcation. That’s why Chicago-based barber Anthony Johnson (@tonejohnson) likes to work with the client’s natural growth pattern while keeping his clippers all the way closed and using a fanning motion. For hairs that might stick out against the growth pattern, Anthony will flip his clippers on their side and repeat the technique.
BONUS: Create Movement & Shape At The Crown
If the goal is to establish movement and create a natural shape, London-based barber Kevin Luchmun (@kevinluchmun) recommends working with the client’s natural head shape when sectioning. He’ll then elevate the hair straight out from the head and use a slide cutting technique to mimic the roundness of the head shape, creating movement and texture for his more modern cuts.