Akin Konizi Hob salons hairdresser cutting hair techniques

Akin Konizi: Cutting hair is the staple of every stylist’s working week – but how many techniques do you use? 

According to four-times British Hairdresser of the Year, Akin Konizi from HOB Salons, there are five main methods every hairdresser should know. 

“Using the right cutting techniques can add movement and dimension to a hairstyle. Once you know the right techniques to use, you can create any shape or texture. It’s about using the right techniques to help you develop your cutting skills.”

According to Akin Konizi the five cutting methods every hairdresser should know are:

Akin Konizi Hob salons Layering

1. Layering

The most important technique but often the most underestimated. Good layering helps you create the material for all your shapes. You can use it for every shape, texture and hair type. 

Akin Konizi Hob salons Graduation

2. Graduation

Graduation is used to build up weight, with geometric lines either with or without tension and will form the outline of any shape you create. 

Akin Konizi Hob salons Reverse Graduation techniques

3. Reverse Graduation 

This is the best kept secret in hairdressing! It’s the opposite of each section getting shorter; each section is getting longer. It was used a lot in the 80s to create hard, strong geometry. The modern version is to use it on one-length styles. Use it on one-length styles to combat graduation.

Akin Konizi Hob salons Texturising hair

4. Texturising

Texturising isn’t taken seriously enough. It’s about cutting shorter lengths into your longer lengths to create an internal shape in your haircut that will work as a structure to your styles. Sometimes it will give a softening effect, or it can be used to thin out the hair. Texturising offers a whole world of possibilities and potentials by manipulating weight. 

Akin Konizi Hob salons Precision cutting

5. Precision Cutting 

Akin Konizi: Precision cutting is not just for geometry. It’s how I do all my cuts, it’s about doing your work precisely; if it’s a messy haircut, you still cut it with precision. If you want to create texture or choppiness, you still use precision. 

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