Channel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture

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If you’re looking for hair thinning techniques cutting hair to remove weight or giving added texture, channel cutting is a good option. Channel cutting hair is great for cutting thick hair to remove weight and give movement. In this tutorial we will do a technical deep dive in to channel cutting. You will see the channel cut before and after to compare.


Channel Cutting Hair Tutorial:


Welcome back to Jatai Academy! Today we’re going to be doing a study on internal texture. There’s two different ways of texture: external, internal. Today we’re going to study internal. So let’s get started.

So we’re going to start out with our one length bob. We got a little bit of graduation in the back but it’s all pretty solid. The edges are nice and solid. It might have a little texture in the tips but very very little. So this is going to be our solid shape. So by going through and comparing how to internally texture and what effects that that’s going to have on the shape, we’re going to go through and break this down into different sections.


Creating Internal Texture Underneath

Channel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture - UnderneathSo we’re going to start by going with some internal texturing underneath. Then we’re going to compare what the shape looks like. Then we’re going to go with some internal texture on our in between layer. And then we’re going to go with some texture all over so we can see how the shape changes, how the movement changes and if that makes any kind of difference in the overall aesthetic of the shape and the silhouette.

I’m going to go through on damp hair because a razor slides better through damp hair and you have less risk of damaging it. I’m going to go through with my Plier, my Feather Plier. And this is a no guard razor.

So I’m going to hold it real deep, get good control over it. Now I’m going to tilt my head. Come on baby. Tilt for me. If I want to create some internal texture there’s a couple of different ways I can do it.

One way is I can just comb the section out and with my razor just lay it broad stroke across the entire section and fillet like I’m filleting a fish so that I can remove some weight. But that doesn’t create any kind of movement. I specifically want to work and see how channeling the hair affects the shape not just filleting it because all filleting is going to do is bevel the shape.

So I’m going to start right in the middle, put my razor in angle it at whatever angle I think and then I’ll wiggle it so I make sure I am cutting and then I’ll just channel all the way down to my tips of my fingers and I start to curl my fingers out of the way as I go through and do each section.

And that’s going to create as you can see channel, channel, channel, channel. So that’s going to force the hair to separate into pieces. I usually don’t want to do this more than about half the length so from where it’s about halfway down to the tip.


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If I go shorter I run the risk of it getting really pokey. So about halfway to the tip, curl my fingers out of the way and I’ve started to create my internal texture. Put my blade out of the way and then let’s move on to the next section.

I’m going to go through and spray this so I keep all the hair nice and damp. Now as I go to razor my second section I want to section out my second section and keep it separated from my original section from my beginning section. That way I can only texturize the hair that’s in my hand.

If I pick up the entire section and I’m using a guide so to speak, I’ll run the chance of texturizing this again. So I’ll go through open my razor, elbow up out of the way about halfway, channel that all the way down and through. The closer the gaps are the more hair that I’m going to remove. The further away the gaps are the less hair I’m going to remove and the more solid my shape is going to be.

Okay here’s the third part of my last section. I’m going to separate that from the underneath sections that I already texturized. Keep this very organized and clean. Separate. Go right and through down to my fingertips pull my fingers out of the way and channel that through.

Now I can tell already um that my blade is getting a little dull. So the way I’m going to change my blade is I have my Plier Blades. My razor right here on this little lip I’m going to use that to force the blade up and out so that I can grab it. Now on the bottom I have a little flap. Slide the blade in, close the flap. Now here I’ll push this out grab that and this will go right in here. Boom. New blade easy.

So now we’ve texturized section number one, the flat and the nape. So let’s blow it dry and compare it to our previous which had no texture to it at all. So we’ve got everything blown dry. We’ve got um our first level of texturizing of channeling and it doesn’t make a huge difference in the overall shape but it certainly changes how much movement that we’re having from the nape area alone because usually the nape area tends to be the stiffest area.

So even just doing that one section you can already see how much more movement that that channeling is going to give us just from doing underneath.


Channel Cutting Internal Sections

Channel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture - middle sectionOkay now we’ve taken our next section which is from the recession center of the recession straight back to the drop crown which is the bump between where the crown and the occipital bone lies. I took half of that so I don’t work with too much hair at one time.

Then I’ll go through and do the same thing. I’m going to take section out, the section that I’m cutting only not including previous hair that I’ve cut. Go through channel that down to my fingertips. Pull that down. Take that out. You can see gap, gap, gap.

Then I’ll just continue that on until I run out of hair. Just following this around the front. Now I want to be mindful of how thick the hair is. The thicker the hair is the more channeling that I can get away with.

The thinner the hair is, obviously, I want to be more judicious in my application of my channeling and also I want to be mindful of when I get around the front I want to make sure I still have a solid piece around the front for this particular haircut.

I’ll take my next section as I split that in half and pin that out of the way, comb this clean from the root out, take my razor about halfway all the way down to the very tips.


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Okay so now we’ve finished our second tier of channel texturizing so let’s blow this dry and compare it to the previous two. Second level is done.

You can see certainly the texture now is starting to pop through but we still have a nice solid shape through here. And it hasn’t really changed the overall shape. It’s probably beveled the line and give it a little bit more of an appearance of graduation.

The biggest difference that I can see is that when I run my fingers through it now you start to see separation internally whereas before you only saw separation on the very tips.


Channel Cutting the Top Sections

Channel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture - Top SectionNow we’re going to go through and do our last two sections which is the entire top third of the head and I’m going to do the same methodology I was doing before. Go through channel that down through as evenly and as consistently as I can trying not to take too large of a section to overload my razor with hair.

I want to be able to control it and then that way I can evenly remove the same amount of hair with every section and create the same amount of texture. Alright, so now we finished that. Let’s go through and blow it dry and compare all of our results.


Final Results

Let’s brush through. Oh now you can really see the texture in it and the shape really coming to life and having quite a bit more movement to it than it had before. Even though the shape is the same, the internal texture of it is greatly increased. So let’s compare the photos of each step of the way.

So the first was tier one with just texturizing in the nape. Also let’s look at that compared to tier two which was internally and then three where it covers the entirety of the head. We got texture in the whole head and you can certainly see that the more texture that we add to it, the more separation that we’re getting throughout the more movement that we’re going to have but also the less solid the shape is going to be.

So for someone that has thinner finer hair maybe you don’t want to do every tier maybe you just want to do underneath and a little bit of the second. For someone with a lot of hair maybe you want to do all of it. I think that was a pretty good study on how internal texture and tiers can really change your shape and create more movement.

Let us know what you’d like to see in the future. Also check out the Jatai Academy. There’s all kinds of great information on there to make you better hair stylist and barber and we will see you next time. Thank you so much for checking it out!


Channel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture - Before & After - BackChannel Cutting Hair for Internal Texture - Before and After - Side


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