Not The Outcome I Was Expecting 1 comment


So I’m doing this color on a lady with great, smooth, healthy hair. She doesn’t color often and doesn’t iron her hair until it’s dead like most of the girls do. Maybe I’m selfish, but the girls who don’t do their hair at home very often are my favorite, because when they come in with their not-fried hair, I can make them look fantastic.

I put a warm dark brown on her, a 3n with some copper mixed in. I start the cut after the color’s done and shampooed. We’re cutting off a lot (4-5″) and doing a kind of shag thing, so I remove the length first and check with her. She says it’s great, and I do the rest of the cut. Takes me awhile (I’m still not the fastest stylist yet), and it turns out great… Until…

“Can you make it a bit shorter?”

“How much shorter? Like, a smidgen? A tad?” (I’m gesturing as I talk)

She wants another 2″ off the length! Aargh! I’m looking at the clock and thinking “This is gonna be rough.”.
I take off the perimeter length and check the layers. The entire cut needs to be re-done, not just blended. I fire through the whole thing at a fast pace, and finish in about 10 minutes. I took (relatively) giant sections, and I just went at it.

I blow dry and roundbrush her hair, and do a bit of detailing and texturizing.

Total cutting time, minus roundbrushing was about 12 minutes. WAY faster than any cut I’ve ever done before. I’m dreading having the teacher check it, I’m sure she’s going to find tons of problem areas, the client is going to go “OH MY GOD WHAT DID HE DO TO MY HAIR?!”, I’m going to have to go sulk in a corner for the evening…

Nope. Teacher checked it this way and that and said it was good.

I took big sections (a big no no, we’re supposed to take teeny weency sections), rushed through the whole thing, did it in less than half the time it normally takes me and with what I thought was less than half the care and attention to detail I normally give, and the haircut came out on par with the rest of my work.

I’m not sure what to make of that – if it means I can afford to speed up and do things differently, if I’m wasting my time (and the clients’) taking as long as I normally do.

It’s a bit scary, like being handed a pen and paper and told to draw a picture, but you can’t use whiteout and you only get one sheet of paper. Go slow and safe or fast and risky?


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  • static

    i feel you on this one. when i was first cutting hair it took me FOREVER, and it was partly because we are taught at first to take teeny tiny little sections. this is good practice when you’re starting, and keeps you from screwing up too bad, too fast. but after a while, i got to the point where i was sick of standing there for 40-60 minutes just to do some standard haircut and i just started taking huge sections and hacking away. i found that as long as i cross checked as i cut and made sure to check again at the end that my 20 minute cuts are just as good as my 60 minute cuts. i will say that i dont think i would be able to do the latter without first learning the former though.