The Cub Cut is a bold, shoulder-lengthed style with shag-inspired flair. Inspired by styles popularized by Jane Birkin and Jean Shrimpton back in the ‘60s, this look features a textured, seamless finish, making it an ideal choice for guests looking to embrace a slightly shorter look. Check out these step-by-step details from Sam Villa Ambassador Becka Bradshaw, on how to recreate this look for your clients.
How To: The Cub Cut
Step 1: Fringe Focus
Begin the cut by prioritizing the fringe, which is the key element for establishing confidence with the guest. Cutting the fringe first helps build trust and creates a relaxed atmosphere for the guest.
Step 2: Front and Center
Recognize that when making a significant change, the foremost concern for the guest is what they see in front of their face. By addressing the fringe initially, it allows the guest to feel at ease and trusting as the rest of their hair is being cut.
Step 3: Refining the Fringe
When cutting hair dry, use the Sam Villa Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron to refine the bevel and ensure the fringe looks polished. This step allows the guest to appreciate their bangs while the remaining hair is being styled.
Step 4: Creating Full Layers
Divide the hair into four sections and use elevation and over direction to craft full layers. To highlight cheekbones, establish a guide and use the Sam Villa Artist Series 6.25” Shear to create a soft guide, cutting down the hair strand. The ample blade length is suitable for handling larger sections.
Step 5: Soft Zigzag Sections
Introduce soft zigzag sections and overdirect each of the four quadrants back over the head to the opposite quadrant. This technique adds softness to the cut, saving time on the need to go back and texturize or soften later. The shears’ design is ideal for handling larger sections.
Step 6: Playful Sides
Work on the sides with diagonal back sections overdirected slightly forward, combined with channel cutting for separation and playfulness in the cut. This technique creates air pockets that allow the hair to be molded into a shape even without a lot of product. The Sleekr iron can be used to accentuate the flick on the bottom for added style.
Note: These techniques can be used together to achieve the specific look described or applied separately to create various styles, providing flexibility for creative design.