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Erratic growth patterns at the neckline can be intimidating! What do we do to manage these difficult necklines? Do we take the hairline up high to cut away the chaos and get to the point where the growth pattern is easily managed? Or do we let it grow and keep it longer?
We want to take a soft approach to these hairlines so the end result is natural looking. We can manage the growth by the tools we use and how we hold and use them.
Why use a razor instead of clippers or a trimmer? We can get closer to the skin with a razor than with a clipper leaving a softer edge. The casings of the Sam Villa Signature Series Razor Blades are coated with silicone for a smooth glide on the hair as well as the skin.
HOT TIP: When using a razor on a neckline, be sure the blade is new so it will not irritate the skin on the neck. You can dab conditioner on the neck if your guest is prone to irritation.
HOT TIP: The Sam Villa Signature Series InvisiBlend Shear is the perfect tool for this technique as you will not leave any lines in the hair. The blunt blade is highly polished and does not cut the hair. The cutting blade has 23 teeth with very sharp convex edges, which allows you to slide-out in any direction with zero drag or pull. When both blades of the shear close the hair is pushed down onto the blunt blade with the teeth this creates soft arched cutting lines rather than hard straight lines.
HOT TIP: The hair on the side of the neck may be longer than it is at the center bottom of the hairline. If you take the sides as short as you may have taken the center bottom, this area will be noticeably lighter, see through to the skin. Keep the density as consistent as possible by moving slowly and paying attention to the other areas you have already cut.
Pre-book the next appointment for your guest based on the how quickly the hairline will once again begin to look chaotic. And just a suggestion, let him know he can come in for a quick neck trim in between!
We want to manage these challenging necklines with the right tools to result in a very natural and visibly pleasing look - no squared or rounded off shapes. Using a lighter hand when cutting and attention to detail will definitely ensure the natural look.
If you have any questions or comments about this technique please be sure to leave them in the box below.
Also be sure to follow Andrew Carruthers on Instagram for inspiration and tips you can use in the salon.
For information on booking Andrew Carruthers for an in salon class, send us an email or call 800-812-1115.