WATCH: Edgy, Modern Shag Cut
Don’t be afraid of cutting wavy and curly hair! TIGI® Professional’s Philip Downing gave BTC an exclusive look at how to create a modern progressive cut that works with natural texture, plus he shares some of his best cutting, styling and diffusing tricks.
“The word mullet can be like swearing in church—clients get very scared,” Philip says about this super edgy, modern shag-mullet. “But there are a lot of great shapes and textures going on at the minute. The more opportunity and more diversity we can show our clients with curly hair, the more likely we are to create clients for life.”
Check out the whole video below for all of Philip’s curly and wavy wisdom (check out his own hair, it’s clear he knows a thing or two about curls!). But first, let’s break down a few of his tips.
- Philip deeply point-cuts at the fringe for a lived-in look, then point-cuts throughout the crown (still pretty deep). He uses this technique on his wavy-haired client to encourage movement. On finer-haired clients, use a shallower point-cut.
- HOWEVER, he points out that he would never, ever use this technique on curls like his own, or it would mean major frizz. For very curly hair, use this method to encourage texture: Twist random sections, then make slight incisions in the section with scissors. This delivers the lived-in look clients want but still maintains the density and integrity of curl.
- Should you cut wet or dry on waves and curls? Philip prefers to start wet and work to dry so he can watch the shape take form as he goes. Then, before he applies product, he re-wets the hair. Philip applies a lot of product (here, he cocktails Screw It Curl Hydrating Jelly Oil and On The Rebound Curl Recall Cream) but he doesn’t apply it all at once. Instead, he applies small amounts of the product cocktail three times, making sure to completely work it into the hair each time. The combo of working on wet hair and even product distribution ensures perfect end results.
Watch the entire how-to!