How to cut hair straight | Creating a precision bottom edge

In this problems & solutions video, you’ll discover how to cut hair straight to create a concise and precision perimeter – great for one length haircuts and bobs.

When cutting hair straight across these are some common challenges that we run into:

1. By holding hair with your fingers with cutting a one length haircut a common tendency is to elevate or lift the hair up and away from natural fall. This creates unwanted graduation along the perimeter.

2. Many times when cutting a precision bottom edge our eyes aren’t level with the cutting line, so our natural tendency is to flip the hair out and cut – also creating unwanted graduation.

3. When connecting guidelines from your sections the tendency is to cut directly below your fingers. This can make connecting your sections difficult and you could end up taking too much length off. Discover why you should cut a little below your fingers when connecting guidelines.

4. Eliminate unwanted graduation by taking your hands out of the hair and using a comb to hold the hair while you cut your perimeter lines instead. Watch the video for a demonstration.

Recommended cutting tools for this technique:

Sam Villa Signature Series Short Cutting Comb –

Sam Villa Signature Series 6.25″ Wet Cutting Shears –

Do you have any tips or tricks when cutting hair straight or when you are creating a precision haircut? Share your methods in the comments box below!

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Amber Hamann says:

Thank you for the video!  I am in my 2nd month at school and I find myself wanting to flip the hair!

Deborah Colman says:

I’ve noticed all tutorials from Villa Salon are male. Do you not have any talented female artist/educators?

Cuteness Overload says:

Nice tips

widgeasha says:

Very, very good. Thank you for your help.

Cassandra Diamond Lavender says:

awesome video

Jordan Tryba says:

Ughhh such a great informative video but I wish you finished the cut start to finish. I’m JUST starting out and would love tips when you get to the shoulder or what you would do on a real human w shoulders with length past that…. love this video but pls give more I’m depth! I know it’s very basic but hear so many different things

Anna Chiavetta says:

Thanks for the reinforcement! Great tips

HeadHome says:

Andrew, would you say that along with these measures you mention, having the client tilt their head to a downwards position/tuck their neck under their chin, this should also help eliminate unwanted graduation when cutting a blunt line?

Shenay Beard says:

Great tips

Listy says:

So many hairdressers don’t know this.

Sheena Stevens says:

these things are a good reminder!

Jeannine Kadillac says:

If their hair goes over the chair and/or they have long hair and you’re doing a solid cut! HAVE THEM STAND UP! The chair is over directing the hair! I watch so many stylists make the mistake of not having the client stand and then wonder why the cut is uneven or not how they want it!

adilsom junior cenra says:

muito bom

Fart Darts says:

Hell ya! This gay can cut hair!!

Nur Jahan says:

Hello, I’m Nur and I think I need your help I’m not sure what I make my haircut because my hair is very long and my face is round, thanks for read my comments ☺

Bob Bobby says:

nah you suck

Christine Walters says:

thanks Andrew! I love these simple effect tips! I can’t wait to try them!

Chandana P says:

sir I have frizzy hair plz suggest any one that smooth my hair it is tough dry and frizzy

Redd Diamond says:

this was so helpful Thanks!!!

Michelle Bruty says:

I love you guys, you’re so patient, and excellent teachers.

Joana Paraizo says:

this video was so useful (:

naugler19 says:

Thanks for these tips

Carla arilla silva araujo says:

If he didn’t cut the hair how I know what he is saying is correct?

Sari Dewi says:


Liz Vidourek says:

I LOVE your videos. You and Sam really are awesome! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

Fara Marie Justin says:

How to cut hair by yourself though without anyone’s help?

sari taylor says:

wheres sam??? i miss him

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