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Haircutting is an exercise of many different elements. There is, of course, our technical aspect which helps us to execute the desired outcome. This is comprised of elevation, over direction, finger angle or cutting line, the lengths we choose, the tools we choose, etc Then there is our artistic or creative element. Its much more difficult to place parameters on this as art is by its very definition, a subjective process. Some of the areas we feel should be part of creating your artistic vision are balancing head shape, complimenting the personality and energy of the guest, developing interesting silhouettes, and possibly the most important aspect of all complimenting facial shapes and features.
A key element of accentuating a face shape and either highlighting or detracting from certain facial features is definitely the fringe area. A killer fringe can transform an otherwise ho-hum haircut into a show stopping design.
Scroll down and lets explore three different fringe concepts and why each one was conjured up for our models.
Our model Cat was honestly my muse for this entire collection. She is strikingly beautiful and the features you cant help but notice are her perfect lips and high cheek bones. The vision for her fringe was to bring as much attention as possible to these focal points. By keeping the fringe very low and heavy it creates a frame to bring the worlds attention to this area. By keeping the texture loose we also allow for multiple identities through creative styling.
As I was editing the photographs from my first photo shoot with Caitlyn I noticed that I mainly selected photos where she was straight on with the camera. Usually I prefer a slightly angled body and head composition, but the straight on photos allowed her engaging eyes to be the center piece of the photographs. This was the inspiration for her fringe.
The design is high enough from the eyes that it doesnt close them down but they arent so cropped in that it moves your focus towards the forehead. Also, she has really fun curly texture, so the fringe had to compliment the texture without creating more work in her busy life with complicated styling needs.
Again we followed the trend of 2015 moving towards more organic, lived in, and vandalized edges by utilizing the Sam Villa Signature Series Razor with the straight blade what?!?! Using a razor on curly hair??? Forget what youve been taught! A razor doesnt have to be a tool of mass shreddingwhich is the reason people have been taught not to use razors on curly hair. Always remember with curly hair, the ends need friends.
This fringe has a less specific target than the other two. Annabels face tells such a brilliant story of her ethnicity and her individualism. Between her eyes, lips, and unique face shape I really wanted to create a frame that made it all stand out!
She has incredibly thick hair (as you can probably tell) and she likes it long, so it has a tendency to crowd her face which is part of the reason we went as wide as we did with the fringe it truly opens the shape to let her face shine.
The initial sectioning is very important on this design. Blow dry the hair into natural fall so you can see where the hair wants to live in the fringe. If you bring too much hair into the fringe, you will end up with little pieces that will lie to the side and look detached (not in a good way). If you dont commit enough hair to the fringe, it will be challenging to style and she will end up with those pieces that want to sneak forward onto her face throughout the day.
Annabels fringe area was just in front of the high point and fortunately extended all the way out to the recession area.
Learning new haircuts, new techniques, and new color placements always inspire our creativity. What is equally important is knowing when to use those concepts to balance, compliment, and at times even mask features to maximize our salon guests appearance.
We know that value is the number one thing that people are looking for when they visit our salons and finding the balance between our technical skills and our artistic vision will create maximum impact for the investment our guests are making in their image.
If you have any questions or comments about these techniques be sure to leave them in the box below.
Hair: Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa
Assistant: David Boyd, Sam Villa ArTeam
Photography: Andrew Carruthers
MUA: Amber Pearson