Texture is something that must come with a plan. I remember going to classes at premiere in Orlando 2 years ago and seeing people chop the living day lights out of hair, flat iron it, and call it texture. If you look at the top texture cutters in the world, they have almost a nervous tick of checking for balance and accuracy in their work. Anytime you’re creating a medium that is meant to move and look unique, the fundamentals of balance and symmetry are what give it a look like it was professionally done. So when I start looking at creating texture I usually go about it using 3 pillars
- A strong perimeter line to anchor the cut
- At least one element of disconnection in the interior
- De weighted sections on top to spin over the heavier sections.
While I change the individual parameters of each cut for each person, these concepts remain pretty consistent because they are tried and tested with good results. For example, in the cut above, there’s a shorter interior section and a longer yet lighter section hanging over it. This creates a sort of buffer for the interior sections to move around. It’s not the traditional short to long layer but that’s not the goal. Even though a cut can have portions of it that hang apart from the rest doesn’t mean it won’t appear blended.
I generally work bottom up when I’m creating looks like this. I set a strong perimeter section first and the work my way in using halo sections. This way the head is broken up into three distinct parts and everything has a place and purpose on the head. I don’t mascaraed as a precision cutter. It’s never been my jam but I can appreciate the practices of it. For example, precision cutters are constantly checking their work through cross sectioning and strand testing. In texture cutting, the same is used it’s just more about feel.
“Does this section hang heavier?”
“Does it need less weight or more interior balance?”
“Have I lost my mind and need to pray to the texture gods?”
These are questions that need to be asked in order to create something balanced and beautiful. If they aren’t, it might as well be a kitchen shear haircut.