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How to Frame the Face without Adding Layers

Your mission - to enhance your client's features by creating a cut that frames her face. Your problem - she doesn't want to lose any length or have too many layers. Impossible? Hardly! Here's how it's done.

Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa, offers a face-framing technique that gives clients exactly what they want. No loss of length or addition of too many layers necessary! "To add texture and movement around the face without adding too many layers or sacrificing much length, stay away from using inches as a reference," says Carruthers. "It leaves too much room for interpretation. Instead, use facial features as your reference." 

    ● Start by asking the client what their favorite feature is and use it as a starting and ending reference point, then direct the face framing details towards the feature to accentuate it.

    ● Use a Sam Villa 7" Dry Cutting Shear.

    ● If the client likes her cheek bones, hold fingers there as a starting point. From there you can go diagonally back with fingers which would remove more hair, or straight down to remove less. By using fingers, the clients see exactly where the details will be.

    ● Starting at the cheekbone, hold fingers horizontally. With the shears coming from behind, slide fingers down the strand repeatedly opening and closing them. Where your fingers end up is where you want to finish cutting. When finished, the client will have soft face framing details without compromising the shape of the perimeter.

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