Hair Cutting Foundations Part 2: Over Direction

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We began our foundations of hair cutting series with elevation – this is the ‘up and down’ movement of the hair – it controls the vertical aspect of the silhouette.  For part 2 of our series, we explore over direction (the opposite of elevation) and how it is the forward and back movement of the hair – over direction controls the horizontal aspect of the silhouette.

Think about the context in which we use these two words –”Over Direction” – in hair cutting:

Ways to over direct the hair:

Mastering these over direction techniques creates maximum control of your shapes! You will comprehend how to place the weight and density exactly where you want it to live in your designs.

If you missed part 1 of our foundations of hair cutting series, click here to learn how to control elevation in your hair cuts.

Check back next week for our 3rd and final foundational video where we’ll cover finger angles when cutting hair!

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