where to part hair before cutting

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-31-2013
where to part hair before cutting
Fri, 09-13-2013 - 8:23pm

I have thick hair...just below the shoulder....styled for the tips to curl in toward my neck all around...

i am disabled and need something easy.  i can't use a brush and blow dryer at the same time to style.  i have to dry first then brush.  if i air dry it takes more than 4 hours and dries all clumpy and out of control.

it took me a long time to find someone who could cut my hair evenly......but I have one concern.

she insists on parting it in the middle before cutting.  i ALWAYS part it on the right...a fairly dramatic part.

what ends up happening is that there is always an obvious very short layer when i brush it over to the left.....because the strands that start out on the right have been cut to  be even with a middle part.

i also seem to have to pull the back of my hair from the middle of my head straight back---or it curls in funny directions on the sides

she is the owner of a very successful salon and is very experienced....but it seems to me that hair should be parted for the cut in the same area as it will be worn.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2012
Mon, 09-16-2013 - 6:36am

I can understand your frustration.  Each time I go in to get a cut, the first thing my hair dresser asks me is what side I part my hair on.  She always leaves it parted there and then cuts.  It is odd that she'd part it down the middle before cutting when you don't wear it that way!  As awkward as it may be, I think I'd say something next time.  Perhaps she doesn't realize what she's causing?  Good luck! 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 09-17-2013 - 12:02pm
I also have very thick, wavy hair. Mine naturally parts just off center, but close to center. My hair dressers have always asked how I wear my hair and then cut it according to that part. Next time you are in there I would first go in having it styled like you normally wear it, and then when she gets ready to cut it, mention to her that you would like it cut based on the part you normally use. While she is the stylist, you are the customer, you are paying her to do what you want, not the other way around.