The Ombré Cutting Technique by Sam Villa

Ombré is a French word meaning shadow or shaded, and it’s no longer just a trend - it’s a technique. The popular ombré hair color is darker at the base through mid-shaft and gradually becomes lighter from mid-shaft to ends. Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education Artistic Director, applies the same concept to cutting so sections become less dense from the base to the ends.

Villa uses triangle sections to remove weight and density to give long, one-length hair a sense of movement. It’s perfect for the client that wants to wake up long hair that sits close to the head.

“The triangle sections are upside down – wide at the top with the point at the bottom – and the shape creates density at the base of each section and lightness at the ends,” explains Villa.

When using triangle sections, remember the following:

  • Proper elevation is crucial for predictable results
  • Use the “talking and walking” shear technique instead of “slide cutting”
  • Sketching into triangle sections creates soft movement
  • The angle and type of shear affects the amount of weight removed

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