Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Loving Length

The #1 complaint from clients is that stylists take too much length off. Here’s a tip from Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, for those who love their length, yet want fresh ends and interest in their cut:

“When a client says they want to grow their hair out to one length, most stylists will advise that the shorter the hair is cut, the sooner it will be one length. While this is absolutely true, it pushes the limits of most clients’ comfort zones,” says Villa.

“The natural average of hair growth is ½ inch a month, so if a client visits their stylists every 8 weeks and only has an inch taken off, they can stabilize length and grow hair at the same time. They key is for both client and stylist to agree on the size of an inch is, so use the tip of your thumb to the knuckle as a guideline.”

“Another tip for stabilizing length is altering the interior of the cut – leaving the length and weight of the perimeter and adding interest with disconnected layers or extracting weight with blending shears on the inside of the cut. Fringe can also be added – side swept for conservative, as it’s flattering on all face shapes and grows out easily, and bold and dramatic for the trendy,” concludes Villa.

Aspire for more with Sam Villa! Villa is the founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and a Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator. Discover his coveted hot tips and techniques, along with Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs and thermal irons on

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