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The Left Side

We are here to support people who are Left Hand Dominant by providing content that includes media sharing useful information for the Left Handed people adjusting to practicing their craft in a right handed world.

Content could include anything from tutorials, questionnaires, and reviews on tools and techniques from a perspective that includes left and right handed hairdressers.

Location: Memphis, TN
Members: 59
Latest Activity: Oct 19, 2016

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Great Idea

Started by Ana Alicia Sep 19, 2015. 0 Replies

I am not a lefty.( But I like them ) This  seems like a much needed  untapped market .Continue

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Comment by Lehua on February 18, 2016 at 2:50pm
I'm a lefty and will only use lefty shears. Hard to find good ones though.
Comment by Kin C Poon on November 16, 2015 at 2:28pm

I'm right handed, but over the years I realize many techniques were optimized for the right hand. For instance (lets see if you guys can picture this), for mens cut, sliding using the body of the blade from right to left horizontally on the right side is a texturizing technique that allows the hair to flow backward. However if you try to do it on the left side, you can only slide from right to left as well, which texturizes the hair to go forward. The only way around it is to do awkward body positions along with unnatural wrist movements. So for the past few years I taught my left hand to mirror my right. Painstaking at first, but the end result is amazing to say the least, especially on men's cut and creative bobs (main reason behind my work). I always wonder why sassoon made it mandatory to teach their students to blowdry using both hands but not cutting. Yes, some may say its difficult and impossible, but blowdrying is an art itself, and at times even more challenging then cutting. I recently signed up to instagram 5 weeks ago and HB a week ago to share some videos; and I am glad I found this group. 

Comment by Amanda B on November 6, 2015 at 9:31pm

My own kind lol! I am excited to be part of this group! And see what content gets put out there for us lefty's!

Comment by MotikMizutani on October 25, 2015 at 5:52pm
Comment by ikonomakis theodore on October 25, 2015 at 5:43pm

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Comment by Mat Brown on October 24, 2015 at 8:48pm
Hi everyone!

Just wanted to announce that with our new studio space, We will be able to begin adding video and more to our ever growing network of Lefty Hairdressers!

If you would also like to contribute please feel free to post or email or message here.

The best way we make a difference is by supporting each other :)

Cut With a Purpose.
Comment by Manny San Martin on October 24, 2015 at 7:47pm
I am a lefty and I always thought it would be great to have more options with scissors.
Comment by Stacy Taylor on October 4, 2015 at 10:43am

I am a lefty stylist - thank you for creating this group!

Comment by Dana on September 30, 2015 at 7:35pm
I am a left handed stylist, and I find it very challenging doing certain haircuts due to being taught by right handed teachers for so many years. I'm just now getting to understand better, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one
Comment by Stan Boyle on September 29, 2015 at 10:13am

OK! So I'm lefty and would love to share my 43 years of cutting experience.

First comment is about mirroring your teacher..good point. While the teacher usually goes from right to left we go from left to right naturally.  If you think about it, we all try to mirror one side to the other...that's why it's easier to do an asymmetrical shape.If you want symmetric shape you have to strive for perfection. First thing is to learn to cut palm up and down. The right hand holds the hair you cannot see under it and...nor can the right handed person see under the left hand..so here comes the ergonomic part.. while trying to see under that hand right or lefty you pull and lean to that respective side the scissor is on, now using the mirror and looking at your posture to see and check that you are where you think you are cutting is key. This is very important for line or shape work. Often the lefty has more fullness on the front right and back right when layering. Honestly, after doing many haircuts on clients the previously cut by a right handed stylist, I see how they do the same on the opposite side. Watching and following the angle of the cutting tool and it's relation to the comb is also important...like with scissor over comb technique. Learning to keep in your section, using rudimentary sectioning are keys to a successful style! Learning that your guide is in the bone structure and features are also a good foundation to any style. Like what I share..LMK Stan 

 

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