Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the art of hair when he came up with his system for precision hair cutting. What most people don’t realize is that over the years every cosmetology school has adopted some form of his precision hair cutting method. In fact, Super Cuts uses a 15 minute version of it specifically developed for them by the Vidal Sassoon Academy, but trust me; you don’t want a Super Cuts precision cut.
So if everyone knows how to do a Sassoon precision cut why can’t you go to just anyone and get a good cut?
Because strictly speaking it doesn’t work. I trained at the Sassoon Academy in Toronto, so I know. If you read Vidal’s autobiography you would read about when clients with difficult hair would come in, Vidal at times would throw down his shears and simply walk out of the salon. Not an option for me.
If you look at photos of the cuts Vidal featured , those women always had thick hair, and those styles were quite flat. If you watch the documentary film about him you’ll hear him argue with a woman about which way she should comb her hair. Vidal says forward because that is the way it grows. The woman protests that if she does that her hair will be too flat. Here’s the thing; she’s right and Vidal was wrong.
According to precision hair cutting as taught at the Academy if you cut a section on the right to 5 and 3/8 inches, then other side should be cut to exactly that same length. But guess what? If you do that after the hair dries, one side may pull, curl, or wave differently than the other resulting in an unbalanced look.
That’s why I cut the hair twice. After the shampoo, I precision cut the interior layers and then I finish with a dry cut on the perimeter so that the hair comes out looking balanced and even.
I still adhere to Vidal’s most import principles: that there should be no visible scissor lines, that the layers should blend seamlessly, and that a strong shape should be cut into the hair. And I adhere to my own principles: that the style should always be flattering to the face, and that it should be easy – even with fine limp hair.