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Last updated: August 16, 2019

3 Cutting Techniques for Softer Texture

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Create effortless, lived-in texture using these three cutting techniques. 

Have a client requesting a cut with softness and movement, but doesn’t want to commit to a ton of layers? We had Moroccanoil® Academy Educator Tab Salsman (@tabcutshair) stop by The BTC House in West Hollywood to break down three cutting techniques that result in effortless, lived-in texture. Scroll down for all three, plus Tab’s preferred sectioning method. Want to learn more from Moroccanoil® Educators? Click here to check out upcoming classes at the Moroccanoil Academy in NYC.


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Isolate Interior Sections



Tab’s motto: Work smarter NOT harder. Create sections before you start and give them a specific purpose, he explains. This way, there is no need to go back and retexturize once the hair is dry. (Don’t worry, this can TOTALLY be done if needed, but this will at least alleviate most of it!) To create soft texture, Tab prefers this sectioning:

  • Isolate the front hairline.
  • One middle part from the forehead to the top of the occipital bone.
  • Forward diagonal partings from the top of the occipital bone to the hairline.
  • Create FOUR interior sections going off of the center part:
    • Two sections right above the occipital bone.
    • Two sections at the crown.


TIP: Prep the hair with  Moroccanoil® Treatment Light and Moroccanoil® Hydrating Styling Cream to keep strands smooth and retain moisture throughout the haircut. 

Cutting the Perimeter



To ensure the entire haircut blends together, point cut the perimeter at an angle, creating an inverted V shape, with the hair gradually getting longer towards the face. Join the back section to the isolated hairline so that the perimeter is connected. Point cutting at an angle, as opposed to parallel, will give the perimeter texture and allow it to blend with interior layers.


Point cut with the scissors at angle, to create the inverted v baseline.



Use Slide Cutting to Remove Weight



Once the perimeter has been established, bring down the two sections above the occipital bone, one at a time. Create small subsections, pinching the bottom of each section to retain tight tension and start slide cutting about an inch and half above the perimeter. 

The size of the subsections can vary, depending on the desired result:

  • Smaller subsections = a softer, more piece texture.
  • Wider subsections = more fringe, fuzzier effect.


TIP: Be aware of over texturizing, After initially slide-cutting the sections, move the hair with your fingers to see where the hair remains dense. The fix for over-texturizing is creating a blunter baseline, which will remove the softness and movement of the haircut.


Square Graduation = Interior Movement



Use a horizontal parting to create four subsections at the crown. Then, take a vertical, about an inch to an inch and a half in width, 45 degrees up from the head. Use the shortest piece from the previous section to determine the length. To avoid creating a shelf of layers, this section should lay softly over the previously cut section. Use a rough point cutting technique by pumping your thumb to notch the hair.


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