Hairstyles How To: Create Double Identity Fringe

Michelle Williams effortlessly drifts from NY hipster chic to classic Hollywood glam with a flick of her fringe! Andrew Carruthers, Director of Education for Sam Villa, shows how to cut double identity fringe. See the video:

“The most important part of cutting fringe is the set up. Comb it back and forth to see how it falls and read the texture before formulating a plan,” explains Carruthers.  

Hipster Fringe

• Use the Sam Villa Signature Series 7” Dry Cutting Shear – it holds hair well, doesn’t push it which is important when cutting fringe.

• Use the wide teeth of the short cutting comb and keep the hair at a very low elevation. If hair is elevated too much, too much weight is removed.  Use the arch of the eyebrow to get an idea for the curve of your cutting line. Visually cut the line with a shallow point cut and keeping the hair as close as possible to natural fall. The arch will go from shortest over the left eyebrow to longest in the right corner.

• Weave the still blade of the shears through the top layers of hair and cut to create visual texture, hair is not being thinned, pieces are cut to create a sense of airiness and depth.

Hollywood Chic

• Sweep the longer hair from the right to the opposite side, the short area above the left eyebrow allows space for the longer hair to softly tuck in and give the illusion of a longer swept fringe

• Finish with Redken Fashion Work 12 to lightly hold the shape.

“Try checking in with the mirror when cutting, it gives a different perspective of what your doing which can be very helpful,” says Carruthers.

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