Daily prompt! Teach Your (Bloggers) Well
Cutting hair has to be one of my favorite things in the whole world. It takes 1500 hours, about 1000 different actual skill performed, a skills test in front of the board of cosmetology, AND a big written test, in order for one to get his or hers cosmetology license in the state of Indiana.
Basically, to be a great hairdresser, you must have a whole baggy full of things. These include: confidence in yourself (especially your decisions), an awareness of balance and straight lines, people skills (communication is a HUGE part in our line of work), and personal techniques. I promise you that if you go out and watch a million different hair dressers cut a head of hair, not one of them will cut the same; everyone has a different way of doing things.
Through school, I was taught so many things from the history of cosmetology to being on the floor my last day and saying goodbye to my very first client. Know the old saying ‘Measure twice, cut once‘? That definitely applies to cutting hair.
I’m going to take you through one of the first haircuts I learned, the general haircut. The 180 degree cut. Ready? k Go!
1. Make sure hair is evenly wet and tangle free. Hair shrinks when it dries.
2. Comb hair down and part hair into 4 (four) sections: Right side, right side behind ear, left side, left side behind ear. Its like looking at the top of the head and parting it with a cross shape.
3. Start with bringing down horizontal sections from both of the back sections, 1/4 to 1/2″ sections. Find what length you are cutting too. Starting in the middle, working right, CUT a straight horizontal line. Then go back to the middle, and cut working to the left.
4. As you work you will bring horizontal sections down using the previous cut sections as your guide. After the back sections are complete, you will cut the left side, using the back as your guide, you’ll do the same. (Bringing down horizontal sections)
5. Checking your work. Look at the front of your haircut, make sure that both sides are even. Then, you will comb up sections of hair side-ways. the top hair should be shorter than the longer. Another way to check your work is to flip the hair upside down. The middle of the top of the head should be your longest point.
Was that easy? A little difficult at first, but you’ll catch on after a few tries. It’s quite challenging to explain steps, it’s a lot easier to just do it without thinking. Growing up, I had things that I enjoyed, but no real passions. I was completely lost until I found the Cosmetology department, my freshman year of high school.(Please insert singing angels and bright lights) I’ve never had so much love and hunger for something. I absolutely LOVE doing hair and nails and LOVE that its my job! Thanks for reading, I truly appreciate you listening to my ongoing obsession. XD Questions? Comments? -MHC