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Thinning (or bulk reducing)

Thinning (or bulk reducing)

Postby chris the limey » 22 Oct 2010 09:07 am

This method removes unwanted bulk, but not length from the hair. It may be done with the scissors, razor or aesculap scissors but it must be remembered that the scissors and aesculap scissors should only be used to thin out dry hair and the razor used to thin out wet hair.
Check the hair carefully to decide where on the head the bulk needs to be reduced, as it is not always necessary to thin out the whole head.
The following areas on the scalp should never be thinned because of their growth direction patterns and the possibility of unwanted spiky effects or odd hairs sticking out from the scalp if the hair is cut too short:
• the hairline, particularly at the front
• along a parting
• the crown area.

Preventing RSI
Take note of your hand and wrist positions and motions. Try to keep in neutral position and to alternate motions.

Thinning dry hair using scissors
Divide off the areas that should not be thinned, then taking approximately 10 mm (1/2") width sections, hold the hair out from the scalp at right angles . Using the points of the scissors, remove a few hairs from the root area and along the hairshaft. Continue in this manner until the whole head, or the parts that require thinning, have been completed . Take care not to remove too much hair at the root area as these hairs will tend to 'spike out' when they grow if too many have been removed.

Thinning dry using aesculap scissors
Divide off the areas that should not be thinned, then taking larger width meshes than thinning with the scissors, approximately 2 cm (1") in depth, hold the hair out from the scalp at right angles. The aesculap scissors are then inserted into the sections at an angle. The hair is cut in a zig-zag pattern along the length (see Fig 2.19). Continue in this manner until the whole head, or the parts that require thinning, have been completed.

Thinning wet using a razor

Divide off the areas which should not be thinned, then taking approximately 1 cm (1/4") sections hold the hair out from the scalp at right angles. With the tip of the razor, remove a few hairs at the root and along the hair shaft. Alternatively, the hair may be thinned out by using shorter and extra slicing movements on each hair mesh while actually razor cutting the hair (removing length at the same time); in this case, the slicing movements are commenced closer to the scalp.

Uses of thinning
• to remove excess bulk from the hair
• to give a finer, feathered effect to certain areas of a hairstyle
• to remove the weight from over-clubbed hair.
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