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Haircutting for Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Conventions Used in This Book 2 Foolish Assumptions 2 How This Book is Organized 3 Part I: Spreading Your Farrah Fawcett-Like Wings 3 Part II: Cutting to the Chase 3 Part III: Getting Snippy 4 Part IV: Letting the Scissors Fly with Advanced Haircutting Techniques 4 Part V: Keeping the Cooties Away 4 Part VI: The Part of Tens 4 Icons Used in This Book 4 Where to Go from Here 5 Part I: Spreading Your Farrah Fawcett-Like Wings 7 Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop: Career Stylists and Kitchen Beauticians 9 Discovering Your Inner Artist: Do You Have What It Takes? 10 Getting Your Goods Together 10 Cutting Up in Your Kitchen 11 Contorting to cut your own hair 12 Chopping your children's hair 12 Clipping a companion's hair 13 Making Someone Else's Hair Your Business 13 Getting licensed 13 Being bitten by the beauty-school bug 14 Chapter 2: Strapping On Your Tool Belt 17 Running with These is a No-No 18 Playing it straight 20 Making beveled eggs and blades 21 Caving into convex blades 21 Finding a special blade 22 Caring for your scissors 23 Combing It Over 24 Styling comb 25 Wide-tooth comb 25 Detangling comb 26 Rattail comb 26 Pintail comb 26 Countless other combs 26 Brushing It Off 27 Bristling at all the patterns 27 Adding some style 28 Calling All Trimmers 30 Assessing an Assortment of Other Items 30 Chapter 3: Brushing Up Before You Begin 33 Getting Acquainted 33 Dwelling on the past 34 Evaluating the present 34 Getting personal 35 Figuring out face shapes 35 Playing show and tell 37 Doing Some Prep Work 37 Preparing your hair 38 Giving the perfect shampoo 38 Detangling like a pro 40 Choosing a wet or dry medium 40 Cutting to the Basics 41 Earning your degrees 41 Checking with reference points 43 Guiding the cut 45 Putting the Basics to Work 49 Making a bang 49 Being blunt 55 Sweeping through beveled cuts 56 Commencing to graduated ends 59 Loosening up with long-layered cuts 61 Sticking with short-layered cuts 64 Figuring Out What's Next 66 Part II: Cutting to the Chase 67 Chapter 4: Talking About Texture 69 Mistaking a Hair's Identity 69 Going with the Flow 70 Feeling fine 70 Coaxing the coarse 71 Playing Texture Detective 72 Joining the Hair Movement 73 Taming the Cowlick 75 Chapter 5: Tipping the Stylist: You 77 Blowing Them Away with Your Drying Technique 78 Sectioning the hair 79 Releasing water 79 Working with tension 80 Revving Up the Va-va-va Volume 80 Taking it up a notch 81 Taking it down a notch 82 Curling (It's More than a Winter Olympics Sport) 83 Being thrifty 84 Harnessing the heat 84 Keeping your directions straight 85 Ironing It Out 88 Handling Styling Conundrums 90 Chapter 6: Ending is Just the Beginning 93 Starting at the Bottom 94 Exterminating the rats 94 Avoiding a single snip 94 Embracing the end; curbing the yen for speed 95 Pointing the way 96 Taking Part 96 Five-part sectioning 97 Four-part sectioning 98 Custom sectioning 100 Shaping Up in the End 101 Shooting straight 101 Rounding off 102 Cutting a gem: Diamond ends 104 Finishing Up at the Bottom 106 Chapter 7: Maintaining Your Professional Cut 107 Examining Your Cut with a Fine-Tooth Comb 108 Brevity is the Soul of Wit, Not Bangs 109 Freeing your fringe 109 Going down 110 Shortening full bangs 110 Trimming triangular bangs 112 Getting dirty with a compact bang trim 114 Taking a Little Off the Top 115 Earning your graduated layering diploma 115 Trimming with a traveling guide 116 Moving Forward 118 Cutting Side to Side 119 Refreshing short layers 119 Tipping long layers 120 Part III: Getting Snippy 121 Chapter 8: Getting Snippy with Women's Short Styles 123 Establishing a Short List of Ground Rules 123 Cutting It Short and Sweet 125 Drawing Out a Lively Look 130 Getting Down to Business with a Classic Cut 134 Chapter 9: Getting Snippy with Women's Mid-length Styles 137 Creating a Masterpiece: Mid-length Blunt Cut 137 Knowing the style 138 Cutting on the fringe: Mid-length blunt cut with triangular bangs 140 Getting framed: Mid-length blunt cut with framing 142 Layering It On 143 Chapter 10: Getting Snippy with Women's Long Styles 147 Preparing Thyself for Long Locks 147 Being Single-Length and Loving It 148 Adding Decorative Details to a Blunt Cut 150 Doing a blunt haircut 151 Cutting triangular bangs 152 Adding subtle tapering 152 Graduating to Great Fanfare 153 Getting Framed Isn't Always Bad: Framed Cut 157 Bevel haircut 158 Taper line 160 Framing a Long Cut 161 Chapter 11: Getting Snippy with Men's Styles 167 Trimming the Light Fantastic 167 Scissors-over-comb technique 168 Going electric 169 Getting Down to a Standard Business Cut 169 Kicking Back with a Casual Men's Haircut 174 Soft Rock: Short Cut 177 Hard Rock: Medium Cut 181 Retreating Hair 183 Chapter 12: Getting Snippy with Children's Styles 185 Getting Practical with Your Pint-Sized Ones 185 Going for Some Girl Glam 186 Charting petite chic 187 Hopping on the Good Ship Lollipop 189 Bobbing for girls 193 Skating with little Dorothy 196 Bringing on the Boyish Style 200 Betting on the basic boy cut 200 Trying on a no-worries cut 203 Part IV: Letting the Scissors Fly with Advanced Haircutting Techniques 209 Chapter 13: Getting to the Point: Compact Cutting 211 Cutting to the Chase 212 Introducing a One-Snip Wonder: Bangs 214 Layering with Lightning Speed 215 Layering post haste 217 Keeping the length while incorporating layers 219 Introducing a Two-Snip Wonder: Disconnected Shape 221 Shooting Down Compact-Cut Conundrums 223 Chapter 14: Cuddling Up to Clippers 225 Getting the Buzz 225 Soft and Easy 227 Fading Away 229 Fixing a Flat Top 231 Chapter 15: Pulling the Plug: Disconnected Shapes 233 Mopping on Top 233 Contrasting Textures 237 Locking on Top 242 Chapter 16: Becoming a Free Spirit: Shattered Shapes 245 Kicking It Up a Notch 246 Doing It Deli Style: Sliced Hair 247 Making Tattered Look Good 248 Faking It No Longer: A Facade of Texture 250 Shattering the Whole Shebang 251 Getting Chunky 254 Part V: Keeping the Cooties Away 257 Chapter 17: Harnessing Hair Health 259 Living an Unfit Lifestyle 259 I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen for Hair Health 261 Normal, dry, damaged, or oily 264 Limp, frizzy, or just too full 265 Just plain dull 268 Treating Testy Hair 269 Pumping up the volume 269 Fighting the frizzies 270 Breaking down and splitting up 271 Livening up (yawn) dull hair 272 Unraveling the oily scalp and dry hair connection 273 Limiting the damage 274 Dealing with the chemical reaction 275 Stocking Up on Products 276 Chapter 18: Knowing the Sticky Stuff - and I Don't Mean Hair Spray 279 Splitting Hairs: Anatomy 280 Charting growth 281 Viewing a day in the life of a hair 282 Losing It but Staying Sane 283 Male pattern baldness 284 Female pattern baldness 285 Alopecia aereata 285 Running through the three Rs 286 Chapter 19: Cleaning Up Your Act 287 Declaring War on Germs 287 Combing (and brushing) the area 288 Making a clean cut 289 Working on your working surfaces 290 Touching the Surface 291 Seborrheic dermatitis: Dandruff 292 Psoriasis 293 Communicating with Communicables 293 Pediculosis capitis: Head lice 294 Scabies 296 Tinea favosa: Honeycomb ringworm 297 Part VI: The Part of Tens 299 Chapter 20: Ten Slices of Advice on Cutting Kids' Hair 301 Good Timing 302 Secure Seating 302 Covering Up 303 Brushing Up 303 Spiking the Waters 304 Banishing Tears 304 Cutting Control 305 Getting a Grip 305 Entertaining 305 Ensuring a Good Time 306 Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Keep What the Pros Created 307 Confessing to Your Stylist 307 Tracking Your Style 308 Getting Set Up 308 Good Timing 309 Using Common Sense 310 Beware of Blunt Cuts 310 Skipping Long Layers 310 Finer than Frog's Hair 311 The Incredible Shrinking Hair 311 Following Through 311 Chapter 22: Ten Possible Career Paths 313 Full-Service Hairstylist 313 Hair Specialist 313 Esthetics, Makeup, or Nails Cosmetologist 314 Salon Owner 314 Editorial/Freelance Artist 314 Educator 315 Manufacturer/Distributor Representative 315 Corporate Executive 315 Industry Consultant 315 Public Relations 316 Index 317

About the Author

J. Elaine Spear is a Contributing Editor for the magazines DaySpa, Today's Image, Beauty Store Business, and Salon News. She owned and operated a multimillion-dollar salon and day spa for 15 years.

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