Haircutting For Dummies

Haircutting For Dummies


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Want to cut hair but think you don’t have the talent? If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a painter, a sculptor, or a home decorator, you can cut hair. If you love sewing, drawing, or craft projects, you can cut hair. This book is designed to help you discover your inner artist, easily enhancing your loved one’s hairstyles while trimming big bucks off your family budget.

Haircutting For Dummies is for people who want to cut their family and friends' hair, as well as those who are entering the field of cosmetology. Cutting hair at home will allow you to save money, be creative, and do something nice for your loved ones. If you’re looking to become a licensed stylist, this book will show you how to do simple trims and styles while giving your own creativity room to roam. You’ll see how to:

  • Prepare men’s and women’s hair for cutting
  • Create short, mid-length, and long styles
  • Choose and care for your cutting tools
  • Apply advanced haircutting techniques
  • Seek a career in cutting hair

In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for the latest short, medium, and long hairstyles as well as more involved techniques such as notching and texturing. You get plenty of expert advice in using your tools, following lengths and angles, and creating show-stopping styles, as well as proven guidance in how to:

  • Cut and style straight, curly, or kinky hair
  • Give the perfect shampoo
  • Judge the texture, strength, and health of hair
  • Handle bangs, layers, and sliced hair
  • Use a blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron
  • Pump up the volume and fight the frizzies
  • Win your family’s and friends’ haircutting trust

Featuring detailed illustrations and model shots, tips on maintaining your own haircut between salon appointments, and special advice on cutting children’s hair, Haircutting For Dummies will have you achieving salon- or barbershop-quality results on all types of hair!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764554285
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/19/2002
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 181,931
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J. Elaine Spear is a Contributing Editor for the magazines DaySpa, Today's Image, Beauty Store Business, and Salon News. She owned and operated a multimillion-dollar salon and day spa for 15 years.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Spreading Your Farrah Fawcett-Like Wings.

Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop: Career Stylists and Kitchen Beauticians.

Chapter 2: Strapping On Your Tool Belt.

Chapter 3: Brushing Up Before You Begin.

Part II: Cutting to the Chase.

Chapter 4: Talking About Texture.

Chapter 5: Tipping the Stylist: You.

Chapter 6: Ending Is Just the Beginning.

Chapter 7: Maintaining Your Professional Cut.

Part III: Getting Snippy.

Chapter 8: Getting Snippy with Women’s Short Styles.

Chapter 9: Getting Snippy with Women’s Mid-length Styles.

Chapter 10: Getting Snippy with Women’s Long Styles.

Chapter 11: Getting Snippy with Men’s Styles.

Chapter 12: Getting Snippy with Children’s Styles.

Part IV: Letting the Scissors Fly with Advanced Haircutting Techniques.

Chapter 13: Getting to the Point: Compact Cutting.

Chapter 14: Cuddling Up to Clippers.

Chapter 15: Pulling the Plug: Disconnected Shapes.

Chapter 16: Becoming a Free Spirit: Shattered Shapes.

Part V: Keeping the Cooties Away.

Chapter 17: Harnessing Hair Health.

Chapter 18: Knowing the Sticky Stuff — and I Don’t Mean Hair Spray.

Chapter 19: Cleaning Up Your Act.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Slices of Advice on Cutting Kids’ Hair.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Keep What the Pros Created.

Chapter 22: Ten Possible Career Paths.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I didn't like about this was that it didn't deal all that much with the special issues of curly hair. Otherwise, this book is great. I learned how to cut my own hair and my daughter's hair, and we both look great. I also learned about clippers, and my son will be getting his first haircut soon. And all for the cost of one book, scissors, and a clipper. Talk about saving money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. I am a student who hopes to one day get my license for haircutting. Right now I cut hair and thanks to this great book I cut even better. It covers basics and advanced cutting.
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I learned how to cut my sisters hair