Making the Cut
Rather than referring to ombre color, Sam Villa of his namesake brand demos the art of the "ombre" cutting technique

Ombre-a French word meaning "shadow" or "shaded," is no longer regarded as a trend, but a technique. As we all know, the color is darker and fades to light.

Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education Artistic Director, applies that same concept to cutting, so sections become less dense from the base to the ends.

Villa uses triangle sections to remove weight and density to give long one-length hair a sense of movement. It's perfect for the client who wants to wake up long hair that sits so close to the head.

"The triangle sections are upside down - wide at the top with the point at the bottom - and the shape creates density at the base of each section and lightness at the ends," explains Villa.

When using triangle sections, remember:

    ● Proper elevation is crucial for predictable results

    ● Use the "talking and walking" shear technique instead of "slide cutting"

    ● Sketching into triangle sections creates soft movement

    ● The angle and type of shear affects the amount of weight removed