Tapered cuts and fades are all the rage right now, which is precisely why you should consider suggesting a style that is neither to your clients – a classic scissor-only cut could be the perfect way to bring some individuality to their look. And if that cut boasts as much luscious texture as the example below, then you can bet your favourite scissors that you’ll receive plenty of compliments on your work.
Every barber should have a classic scissor-only cut in their bank. But don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity: a scissor-cut contour requires great skill and an eye for the finer details. So much so that some barbers will even shy away from attempts at it, fearing a number of potential errors.
To help you master this stylish cut premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with industry-leading barber, and founder of the Lions Barber Collective, Tom Chapman. Below, the Torquay-based barber has put together an exclusive dossier of expert tips. Combine his tips with our detailed barber to barber video for a thorough explanation of this popular look.
Before I reach for my scissors, I like to start by washing my client’s hair. This removes any products they may have used over the last few days and makes the hair much easier to work with. The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo and Conditioner are always favourites among my clients. People always comment on the classic barbershop scent the products give off, as well as how clean and soft their hair feels afterwards.
Pre-styling and parting the hair
While the hair is still wet from its wash, apply a small amount of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste as a pre-styling agent. Next, use your client’s natural parting to section the hair into an asymmetric horseshoe.
Cutting the hair
Starting at your client’s temples, use only your scissors to cut the hair. Graduate it from long to short before meeting both sides at the nape. Once you’ve established a perfect graduation, connect the top into the graduated back and sides using the guide you have naturally created.
Through the top of the hair, point-cut at a 30-degree angle to add structure and texture; it’s important to leave the side closest to the parting longer too. Blending the opposite side into the existing guide to finish.
Styling and finishing touches
With the intricate cutting now complete, blast-dry the hair and create some movement and volume with The Bluebeards Revenge Quiff Roller. Finish off the look by using scissor-over-comb techniques and detailing trimmers to make sure every element is perfect. Finally, run a little of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste through the hair for a look that your client can rework all day long.