Updated: Feb 7, 2022
As a hairstylist, I can not tell you how many times I have had a client tell me “I don't want a haircut; I just want a trim.”
So let's break down what this means.
To me, a haircut and a trim are the same things. Potatoe... POtatoe. In 99 percent of my haircuts, a trim takes as long as a haircut.
I was taught back in 2006 from beauty school and the stylist I was assisting that a trim is no more than a quarter inch.
DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURE BLOW YET. With your fingers in front of you, how much is an inch? NOOOWWWW look at the picture. I often ask my clients, “Your inch or my inch.” For that exact reason.
I (and most hairstylists) do not discount prices because I still have to go through the same motions. I still lift each section of hair the same. I also do the same services. Ex. wash, scalp massage, texturize and blowdry.
A haircut is cutting more than a quarter-inch. It can also mean cutting a new style. It just requires more brain activity for me and possibly more texturizing time depending on the client's hair.
Have you heard of “dusting”? I'm pretty sure it's not in the dictionary but it is in the hairstylist dictionary. These are just cutting tips. I like to do this with dry hair. Dusting is for someone looking to keep as much length as possible while cutting the split end.
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