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You may not be a hairdresser, but understanding different haircuts isn’t reserved for the pros. Before heading to the salon, it’s a smart idea to do your research on different types of haircuts. That way, you can have a better idea of what you’re looking for. Sure, your hairstylist can guide you in the right direction, but having some background knowledge can help you ask for the right haircut and get the look you want. While you may be familiar with popular options like layers and U-shape haircuts, there’s one style that’s likely new territory: the calligraphy haircut. Ahead, we’re diving into the details on this trending cut that’s made its way to the U.S. via Germany.
As we mentioned, the calligraphy haircut originated in Germany as a new way to shape and cut hair. One of the key differences between a calligraphy cut and other cuts is the tool that is used. Instead of using haircutting scissors, or sheers, a stylist uses a knife with an angled blade called a calligraph to cut the hair. Small sections of hair are pulled taut away from the head, and the ends are cut with the blade. Your strands won’t be cut straight across or with the feathering technique, but instead, they’ll be cut at a 21-degree angle.
This method is thought to help your strands better absorb hair-care products since there is a larger cut surface area. It’s the same thought process behind why flower stems are cut at an angle to help them stay fresh and absorb more water and nutrients. The only downside to this cut is that it typically takes much longer than traditional haircutting techniques.
The calligraphy haircut creates body and bounce in the hair, making it especially appealing for those with fine hair. That said, anyone who is looking to add a little volume and shape to their mane can benefit. It’s also a useful cut for those with damaged hair, as it will take care of any split ends while helping your strands reap the benefits of the hair masks and treatments you use.
To help you show off your bouncy, voluminous layers to the fullest, here are three calligraphy cut hairstyles to try.
This dimensional cut pairs extremely well with messy texture; it’s an easy way to define your layers and angled ends. All you have to do is work a small amount of pomade, like our L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, throughout your mane. Scrunch as you do so to create effortless definition.
If you do a quick Google search for “calligraphy haircut,” you’ll find that loose curls is the most popular styling option for this cut. This is because large spirals beautifully accentuate the cut’s layers and movement. To get the look, first, spritz your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray. Then, use a wide-barrel curling iron to curl your mane. When you have a head full of curls, comb through with your fingers to loosen them.
We have one last style option for you: an updo. Since the calligraphy haircut adds volume to your hair, a voluminous ponytail is extremely easy to achieve. To bring this hairstyle to life, start by applying the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray to your roots. Tease the hair at the crown of your head. Then, smooth your strands into a high ponytail. Mist the volume spray throughout the length of your ponytail for added volume. To seal in the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume as a finishing touch.
Next up: Now that you know what a calligraphy haircut is, let us tell you about another cut that’s creating buzz. Click over to our article, How To Get a Modern Shag Haircut.
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