How to perform a solid-form haircut

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How to perform a solid-form haircut
Joanna Kerns sports a solid-form bob. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

A solid-form haircut is so named because hair is cut to one length for a solid, uniform flow of hair. Layers are not cut into the hair for volume. This cut is also typically called a blunt cut. It is blunt because the hair naturally follows the shape of the head, causing the weight of the hair to visibly fall to the bottom of the cut along the perimeter. The "bob" is one of the most popular solid-form haircuts in existence. Its simplicity makes it suitable for any age group and almost every face shape.

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Things you need

  • Detangling spray
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Sharp shears
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Spray an even amount of disentangling spray throughout the hair. Allow it to penetrate the strands, especially if the hair is thick or relaxed.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Saturate the hair; the disentangler will dry during the cutting process. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Comb the hair straight out and down until all knots are removed. The comb should glide straight through. This will ensure an even cut.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Combing removes knots. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Use the tail end of your rattail comb and part the hair horizontally from ear to ear. Clip up the rest of your hair on top of your head to separate it.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Claw clips separate the hair best. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Use the wide-tooth comb to comb down the parted hair.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Hair is less likely to snag in wide-tooth combs. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Hold the parted hair down with the fingers of your nondominant hand. Make sure your palm is facing downward. Leave just the amount of hair between your fingers that you want to remove.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Notice the technique. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  6. 6

    Steady your hands. This is imperative for an even cut. Cut the hair parallel to the horizontal part you made.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Steady hands make for an even cut. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  7. 7

    Use the wide-tooth comb to comb down the freshly cut section of hair to see if all of your ends are even. Cut off any dangling ends that you may have missed.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Repeated combing checks for evenness. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  8. 8

    Release enough hair from the jaw clips at the top of the head to create a centre part in a horizontal fashion from the right hairline to the left hairline or vice versa, depending on which direction is more comfortable for you. Use the tail-end of the rattail comb for even parting.

    How to perform a solid-form haircut
    Repeat the steps for an even, short form. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  9. 9

    Comb the hair down. Spritz some disentangling spray on the hair if it became dry and wiry. You will find that the hair farther up the scalp is longer in the back. Your next cut will remove more hair to meet the hair cut at the nape.

  10. 10

    Repeat Steps 5 and 6. Do this one or two more times until all of the hair is cut.

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