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Last updated: April 16, 2019

How Precision Cutting Works & Why It’s Ideal For Curly Hair

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Here’s Why You Should Precision Cut Curly Hair

If one of your goals is to become a master at cutting curly hair types, let curl specialist and BTC Team Member Evan Joseph (@evanjosephcurls) help you achieve that. Precision cutting is his go-to technique behind the chair, so below, we’re breaking down what it is, how it works, why it’s perfect for curly/wavy hair AND what you need to know before picking up the scissors! Check it out.


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What Is Precision Cutting?

You know how disconnection and texturizing are having a moment right now? Precision cutting is basically the opposite of that. It’s a technique that focuses on straight, dramatic lines and clean angles with an emphasis on the details.


Which Clients Should You Use This Technique On?

Precision cutting is a great technique for things like fringe, one-length cuts and bobs/lobs where the perimeter needs to be exact but it’s Evan’s go-to when working with curly and wavy hair types.


Watch The Video Below To See How It’s Done!

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Why Cut One Curl At A Time

Cutting one curl at a time gives you the ability to easily tailor each haircut to each client’s individual curl pattern. But the key thing to remember is that everything should be cohesive and connected. Why? Because shape is everything. “That doesn’t mean that we’re not still holding one curl next to another and connecting the two,” shares Evan. “It’s really a huge mathematical equation of all these little curls being connected to one another within the shape that the client wants.” 


But Know This…

  • Always cut the hair dry and in its natural state. “We wear our hair curly, we don’t wear it wet or straight, so why not cut it that way?” advises Evan.


  • Do not texturize or slide cut the hair because it’ll just create frizz. The goal is to preserve the natural curl which can be done with blunt cutting.


  • Do not blindly cut the hair. Always have a plan first, otherwise you’ll end up with long pieces falling in the face or one side will be shorter than the other.


Check out the before & after below to see how precision cutting transformed this client’s ringlets!

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Still not convinced? Click here for three more reasons why you should cut one curl at a time!


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