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The Tao of (dry) haircutting . installation #04 . 07.29.11

The Tao of (dry) Haircutting … Mode iQ & The Human Element

Haircutting is both a science and an art. The science of haircutting reveals the tools, pathways and secrets, which unlocks the door to the spiritual art of revealing true beauty.

I began cutting hair 38 years ago during what I affectionately refer to as the “silver era” of geometric haircutting. More than 30 years ago, as my understanding of theory progressively developed, I realized dry haircutting had more value than simply “cleaning up the line.” I soon discovered there are unique benefits from both wet haircutting and dry haircutting.

In wet cutting we see the directional patterns of growth and the distinct planes of the head. With dry haircutting we see movement and feel the texture of the hair.

My friend and mentor Vidal Sassoon once said, “For me, haircutting is architecture with a human element.” For 50 years we’ve explored the architecture of haircutting. That architecture was the inspiration for geometric haircutting. A clean single fluid line and the architecture of graduation becomes a geometric shape. The geometry of haircutting is classically fulfilled while executing a wet precision haircut.

But, what of the human element?

For me, the human element of haircutting is communication and physics. Like the fine art of bonsai… the human element is at once attainable and elusive, fleeting, yet available. It is the perfect synergy of material (hair), skill (technique) and being (communication).

The human element is poetic; it is spiritual. Haircutting technique exponentially expands when elementary relative and quantum physics are explored in relationship to haircutting and the client experience. The physical haircutting mode and the exploration of the human element become available by expanding the client conversation and dry cutting skills.

The divine sculptor, Michelangelo, “sees the angel waiting to be set free” carved from the stone; the revolutionary painter Jackson Pollack, “see what wants to be painted” on the canvas.

The post-modern hairdresser has the opportunity to “listen for for the style waiting to be heard” and “look for the beauty wanting to be  seen” touched by the muse, feeling, revealing and unconcealing inner beauty. A discovery of self… exceptional professionalism… mastery of craft… cool iconicStyle & a commitment to the extraodrinary with a keen awareness of the arts, style, fashion and culture at large

If we can think geometry and practice geometric then we can think physics and practice physical hair.




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