This site is chocked full of amazing educators and very talented stylists. I would really like to see an ongoing discussion about geometry as it applies to design and application in hair cutting. Hopefully with some technical explanations as to WHY a particular
technique works. I think if we fully understand both the how and why of geometry, we can move from simply mimicking what we've seen others do, to designing with originality, confidence and purpose.
I have always heard that vertical sectioning reduces weight whereas horizontal sectioning builds weight, and that diagonal sectioning is somewhere in the middle.
If I cut the whole side of the head (perimeter to parietal ridge) at a 90 degree elevation, with NO over-direction,(essentially a flat or square layer) would there really be a noticeable difference depending on whether I used vertical, horizontal, or diagonal sectioning? and why?
So how do you build lower angled graduation, say 45-60 degree from the perimeter or base?
With vertical sections it is very easy to get a quick, even, and consistent line of graduation.
With horizontal sections, I would be concerned about getting inconsistent graduation, because it would be dependent upon both section width and getting exactly the same elevation section after section.
Could you also elaborate on the "different tricks" you have found?
yes there would be a difference. As vertical sections would then create a vertical flatter shape. Creating height. But would have a tendency to create a rounded horizontal shape.
Horizontal sections would then create a slightly more rounded or a shape with width.
Diagonal sections always direct the weight in the direction you want it to go in.
The answers are based on the fact you are not creating any over-direction. If you were then you would be creating more weight, and changing the horizontal shape.
Thanks all for sharing your wisdom.
JoshXO mentioned an interesting insight on his TV show. Something to the effect of not just accepting as fact things that we hear along our journey, but to actually do some investigating and find out if techniques really work.
I love hearing "rules of thumb" and little tips and tricks people have discovered along the path to enlightenment. I hope those in the know will continue to share the wealth of their knowledge.
kind of off subject, but ive also been told there is a difference in texturizing (point cutting) in vertical versus horizontal sections.
i was always accustomed to texturizing in vertical sections. i didnt really have a thought process behind it, it just "felt right", as so many things in our craft do.
i was told by a teacher that vertical sections will destroy or at least alter the shape, that texturizing in horizontal sections would avoid that while simultaneously covering a wider section/making less work for yourself.
personally, i dont feel that taking a vertical section in point cutting will destroy a shape, but maybe im just conservative.