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How Many Techniques Is There For Cutting Hair?

November 06, 2022

All the hair cutting techniques that exist or are still yet to be discovered is a very long list that we will save for another day.

There are your basic techniques that we all learn when we learn to cut hair, from your basic new hair cutting methods that would have evolved from traditional haircuts. Every new hair cutting technique has evolved from your basic hair cutting techniques.

So to put it simply and answer your question of how many hair cutting techniques actually exist? Well who actually knows.. and that's what makes hairdressing so exciting. It's so exciting because once you know all your basic haircutting techniques, then that's when the on-going learning from celebrity hairstylists or experimenting comes into play.

You may be comfortable and confident doing the same old haircutting techniques you learnt back in hairdressing college, which is totally fine! Or you may be on the adventurous side and get bored with doing the same old hair cutting techniques and are always on the hunt for new ones!

But before we get excited, we think it's always important to go back to the basics. Today we will go over those basic techniques and we will also highlight some lesser known techniques that may inspire you to try something new.

Blunt Cutting

Blunt cutting is a term used to explain the hair being cut all the same length and the baseline to be as thick as possible, without any texture or blending. Blunt cutting can also be used through layers when the hair is cut straight across without any point cutting.

Layering Haircutting Techniques

Layering is a technique used for all hair textures being curly, wavy hair, straight hair, long hair or short hair. Layering is a foundation hair cutting technique that can create body, texture and shape to any type of haircut that requires layers.

Face Framing Layers

Face framing layers is a type of layering that you only do around your client face. Face framing connects the back layers and the front and also connects or softens the fringe as well. The best way to face the frame is to useSlide Cutting Scissors for the perfect and blended finish. Some hair stylist razor to face frame, although the hair around your face is finer and prone to snapping, so a razor could cause more harm than good, stick to scissors we say.

Concave Cutting or Graduation Cutting

Every seen that bob perfectly tucked under shape at the ends or perfectly shaped and concave at the back, well these are the techniques to do it. Graduation cutting is using your finger to angle inwards or outward depending on the graduation desire.

Scissors over Comb Cutting

Scissors over comb is a popular cutting technique used in barbering but did you know you can also use this technique in shorter women's cutting too? Scissors over comb will give you a more blended result then clipper cutting as clipper cutting is sometimes too perfect for your desired look.

Clipper Cutting

Clipper cutting is another technique that is most commonly used in barbering for many hair lengths, but you see your best results in shorter lengths. Clipper cutting is a precise cutting result for those crisp and perfect hair cuts. Clipper cutting can also be used on women's haircutting for those daring ladies who love their cool and quirky haircuts. Clipper’s can be used in over 8 (not including half sizes) different lengths and you can also look at using balding clippers that cut even shorter than traditional clippers.

Point Cutting

Point cutting is a technique used to blend out the blunt ends. Point cutting is a technique you can use on thin hair, thick hair, wet cutting, dry cutting and more well with every other hairdressing technique imaginable. You can Deep point cut with barber shears on long hair or shallow point cut with precision shears or traditional shears. Point cutting is also commonly used in barbering for blending the top of a short haircut. You can use point cutting to give maximum texture or use it more sparingly to soften any harsh lines.

Slide cutting

Slide cutting is a technique best used with super sharp salon shears or for a smoother slide cut then use or try slide cutting shears. We recommend Slide cutting on dry hair around the back and side to give you that wispy blend through the ends. Slide cutting on wet hair around the face or layers will give you a thicker and heavier blend.

Thinning out the hair

The best way to thin out thicker hair or take weight out of the haircut is to soften the look with yourThinning Scissors. 

Thinning hair techniques can be used by mimicking the layering cutting technique, twist cutting and even point cutting with yourThinning Scissors. Thinning hair techniques can be used at your digression depending on how less or how much hair is required to be removed. Normally your thick hair clients want more than you're comfortable with cutting, so always comb out after each cut and check the thickness with your client.

Texturize cutting

This hair cutting technique can be cut many different ways but our favorite and quickest trick to creating texture is to use yourTexturizing shears.To get the best blend with a texture shear we recommend always going in and cutting on an angle and not a straight line. This is because the teeth on these shears are larger and if you are not careful you can create holes in the haircut. You can use so many different hair cutting techniques with these scissors like, layering cutting, point cutting and on curly hair root cutting.

Twist cutting

There are two common twist cutting techniques that we love and wanted to mention. The first being twist cutting and cutting the twisted hair withThinning Scissors. This is a great technique to use to soften or take weight out of a haircut, but in a very blended way. If you have ever used Thinning Scissors they can leave lines in the hair, so to avoid that then try twist cutting instead.

The second twist cutting technique is sectioning out a front fringe and twisting the section once in the center of the forehead then cutting a straight line. Twist cutting a front fringe will create a perfect face frame layer to the fringe.

Razor cutting technique

Razor cutting is a technique used to slide cut the hair when wet to create layers and blending. Razor cutting can also mean using a cut throat to the skin in barbering for a smooth finish and to clean up any lines.

Free hand cutting

Free hand cutting is a technique used to free hand cut without using your comb or your other hand as a guide. you may choose to free hand cut close to the skin, to get random and rouge hairs that are longer or any way you feel comfortable to. Free hand cutting is for the steady hand or skilled hair stylist that will not slip and cut their client or cut holes into your masterpiece haircut.

Cross checking

Cross checking is when you check over your work when the hair is dry and styled. You can cross check by randomly extending out sections and mimicking the haircut you just did to check for any out of place hairs. You should always cross check in every direction and even in directions you didn't cut in during the first haircut.

What to remember: 


Having the right tension while cutting is so important. For example, if the tension is pulled too tight over the client's ear while you're cutting the baseline, then you can create a hole in the baseline.

Where in other cases having the right and tight tension while cutting layers is crucial for your desired result. Loss of tension around the crown or back areas while cutting, could really complicate your technique and end result.

Hair growth patterns

Being aware of the cowlick’s and hair growth patterns is super important because if the tension is too tight over a cowlick, then that hair can prop up when it dries and can create holes in your haircut. This is why it's so important to always check through the hair during your consultation for any hair growth patterns that may cause some issues for you while cutting.


As we have mentioned there are many hair cutting techniques around that exist, some are well known others are still evolving. It all comes down to the basics and your more common haircutting techniques that will evolve into different cutting techniques and this is what keeps hairdressing exciting and interesting. As a hairdresser you never stop learning as there are always new tricks or hairstyles waiting around the corner to be discovered or learned. 

We hope you found this helpful 

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