Cutting Hair On Different Sections Of The Head

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To prepare for your first at-home haircut, it’s important that you understand how to handle cutting hair on the different sections of the head. Each area requires a different approach, so it’s a good idea to make sure you know what you’re doing before jumping right into your DIY haircut. After all, you don’t want to end up with a botched cut just because you didn’t consider technique variations for the different sections of your head! In this blog post, we’ll teach you about the sections of hair and how to work with them correctly. Trust us – once we’re done, you’ll be an expert at home haircuts in no time!

Identifying Different Sections of Hair
When it comes to cutting hair, there are generally four sections that are commonly referred to. You’ll want to be able to identify these before you begin doing your hair at home, especially if you’re going to be following a tutorial. Doing this will help you avoid any confusion when you’re trying to follow along with someone’s instructions. You’ll have an amazing haircut, and you’ll be able to do it all on your own, which is definitely something to be proud of!

So what are the sections? You have the top of the head, the rim/crown, under the rim/crown, and the back of the neck (also known as the nape). Each of these sections often has different lengths of hair, which is why they have to be handled differently. We’ll be going through every section and teaching you how to properly cut the hair in each one.

For The Back Of The Neck
When it comes to cutting the hair on the back of the neck (or the nape), it’s all in the details. This is one of the areas where you’ll want to get more of a short, precise cut. You can start with the clippers and one of the medium-sized guards, and then work your way down to a closer cut (if that’s what you’re going for). You’ll be starting at the back of the neck and working your way up to the place right below the rim/crown area. You can use the trimmers afterward to clean up the edges and get a nice taper along your neckline. Then you can trim closely around your ears.

Blending Under The Rim/Crown
In this section, you’re going to be blending the hair where the back of the neck meets the rim/crown and the sides of the head. This creates a seamless transition and allows you to avoid any unwanted harsh lines. Always cut off less hair than you think you need to cut and continue to repeat the process until you get your desired length. Remember; you never want to start by cutting too much off, because you can’t go back. Going slow will give you the best results!

The Rim/Crown
This area is the highest point on your scalp, and it’s toward the back of the head. This section is usually more tender than the rest of the head, so be gentle when cutting the hair here. When it’s time to start cutting, you’ll want to comb the hair in this section down toward the sides so you can blend it with the section under the rim/crown.

The Top Of Your Head
The hair on top of your head is often the longest out of all the sections. Depending on the hairstyle you’re going for, it’s usually the area where you want to keep the most length. When you’ve finished cutting the sides and the back, you’ll want to work from front to back on the top of your head. Going against the grain of your hair will give you that even cut you’re looking for.

Simplify Your Haircut
Now that you understand the four sections of the head, you should find it easier to follow along with any video tutorials or instructions you want to reference. As you can see, handling the hair in each section is different, so just keep that in mind when you’re ready to cut your hair at home!

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