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November 19, 2020

3 EASY STEPS TO TRANSITION A U-CUT INTO A LOB

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Switching up a client’s overall haircut shape is fun but low-key scary. We reached out to Farhana Premji (@xo.farhana.balayage) for her key tips and tricks on how to transition a grown out U- or V-shaped cut to a one-length. Scroll through to hear what she said!

 

1. Establish length.

It is not necessary to cut all of the hair to the same length to create strength. While this technique is great for all clients, Farhana recommends adjusting the length a little bit for the ones who are sensitive to haircuts and emotionally attached. “I’d adjust how much of the U-shape I’m taking off. A little dusting for these types of clients builds trust and keeps them coming back,” she explains. 

 

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2. Start in the back.

When you start in the back rather than pulling the hair forward and cutting from the front, this ensures you’re only cutting away the V- or U- shape as well as maintaining the length at the front. The goal of this technique is to bring the back of the haircut up to where it blends and makes sense with the front layers.

 

“Typically, I am doing this on clients who have been wanting to grow their hair out, but the back is lengthening faster than the front. This can be due to normal growth patterns as well as potential breakage at the front. Making sure you are only going as short as you need to cut away the u-shape in the back is vital,” explains Farhana. 

 

Instagram via @xo.farhana.balayage

 

 

3. Point-cut for insurance.

When connecting the back corner to the front, it is important to take that corner out softly. “The goal of the haircut is to bring strength through the ends while getting rid of the u-shape. You want to soften the perimeter but not cut into the shape to maintain the weight and strength,” explains Farhana. To create this soft finish, Farhana likes to use her ARC™ Scissors Phantom II. “They’re amazing for cutting wet and dry so I can clean up the perimeter but still soften my line with a shallow point cut,” explains Farhana. A shallow point-cut still creates strength, just with a softer edge. 

 

Instagram via @xo.farhana.balayage

 

 

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