i prefer precision,but i also prefer a paycheck. when i get that client that alows time and precision i jump on it. but salon reality i incorporate precision techniques into salon reality. my dream is to cut the precision cut and not worry and not worry about life and money(a dream),but mixing the two hopefully makes me better than yesterday..........
Such a great topic, I personally feel that with modern Razor Craft you can marry the two together. All of my sectioning is clean and precise as is my attention to detail but by using the razor to created blurred lines the hair can live and settle in a bit easier, I find that I need much less refining and this saves me time without forfeiting control.
I book 45 minutes per clint and generally run ahead of schedule, I also focus on very natural styling and rarely use a brush.
Well for me i mostly reach for the razor in client/commercial situations I can follow the idea of the Precision shapes that i learned from my years at Sassoon, but with more looseness and smudginess on the lines. For me the razor is like a sketch with charcoal.
I grab the scissor when I want to create something more distinct, structured and perhaps creative (to a hairdresser anyway) to me the scissor is like line drawing with a bell point pen.
I don't think it's necessary for me to explain this notion to clients. Nowadays, I find people in my chair that appreciate the care and quality that goes in to precision. There may be people who just want a trim with pretty curls who like me, but maybe not appreciate my service, and that's ok.
The apprentice, on the other hand, that's different. Fortunately for me, precision is part of our training and culture, so it's easier to get apprentices on board. I think salon culture and consistency can play a big role.
On more than one occasion I've been told "Ya know, I'll bet if you could cut each hair individually you would."
I've worked in "high-volume" shops, "high-end" salons, and currently booth rent. What I have noticed is exactly what you said. They're more concerned with the end result, and the ability to do the same at home.
So, I try and base it on how much they're really into doing their hair for the most part. This is why that whole consultation thing really is so important. I've seen strange things around me before, such as stylists seeming to not care what the client is saying and doing this crazy precise haircut followed by a flat iron and then detailed to infinity...right after the woman clearly said "I never straighten my hair"
My goal is usually to make sure it looks stellar in it's natural state, blow dry it the way they either already do it or want to start doing, detail a bit, *high-five* and done.
Do you not think sometimes it's necessary in order to effectively detail a shape dry to blow dry and style a hell of a lot more than your client does normally? I have plenty of clients that "literally do nothing" to their hair. They aren't necessarily coming to me so I can do what they always do to style their hair. They're coming to me because I understand that they do nothing, and in order for them to keep doing nothing, they have to have a kick ass haircut. Sometimes for them to get a kick ass haircut, I need to do things with their hair that they never do. If I am doing a blunt bob, I am going to work the hell out of that line, blow dry and iron a lot more, because a perfect shape looks a lot better unstyled than a sloppy unrefined shape looks unstyled.
Explaining this is key, so your clients understand why. When they go home, wash their hair, do absolutely nothing to it, and it looks way better...they're coming back.
So my question is why choose one style over the other? The answer is "time". Can I cut a precise haircut in 30 min? nope, but give me 2 hours(not salon reality) and I could do it. Will the 30 min haircut be acceptable and better than most? yep.
Interesting topic, makes me think a bit.