Haircutting For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Be cautious if you’re trying out a new style of haircut on yourself or someone else. Practice, start slowly and then let your stylish wings take flight. Keep these things in mind when cutting a style for the first time:

  • Get a mannequin head to practice your first cut of a new style. These mannequins are available at beauty stores and can be purchased for as little as $20.

  • Cut lightly the first time you do any haircut. If you want to shorten the hair 1/2 inch, cut it 1/4 inch the first time around to ensure that you’re on the right track with your new design. After you’re satisfied with your handiwork, re-cut the hair to the desired length.

  • Use a traveling guide.

  • Keep the hair pinned up as directed, so you never lose your way. Pinning helps you concentrate on one small section at a time instead of trying to fight your way through a jungle of hair.

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J. Elaine Spear, also known as Jeryl, has been the executive editor of Beauty Launchpad, editor-in-chief of Hot Beauty Magazine, and content editor for Cengage's Milady cosmetology and barbering textbooks. Spear has more than 1 million social media followers. She owned and operated a multimillion-dollar salon and day spa for 15 years.

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