Madison's hair has been about shoulder length for some time. She recently got in touch with me about going drastically shorter before her big move to Orlando. We both agreed that a short crop would be the best fit for her style moving forward. I would categorize Madison's hair as being a medium texture with a heavy density, so concentrating the hair at a shorter length can sometimes cause the hair to expand. I used a lot of disconnect in parts of her bone structure to help the hair lay flatter and more manageable.
I began the haircut on the front side. Using vertical sections allowed me to keep a lean graduation controlled by my finger angle. After a bit of refinement around the front hairline, I continued working into the back. It was important for me to use my finger angle to graduate tighter into the nape to avoid too much-unwanted length. Once I crossed the center back I began cutting on the front of the opposite side. My preference is to do this when working with short hair. I visually balance the two guides in the mirror before continuing.
Once both sides are completed and balanced I begin a layer in the crown. I choose a length that allows the layer to fall over the graduation in the back. This disconnect creates a negative space that allows the hair to move more freely. As I progressed into the top front, I made sure to direct the hair back. It's your choice in whether or not you want to use a traveling or stationary guide. The difference being a stationary guide will leave you more length across the face. In Madison's case, I used a traveling guide. After the hair is dry, isolate some hair along the front hairline for the fringe. Use a combination of pointing and slicing to open and free up some weight for a lighter, softer look.
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