Every cosmetology student dreads the state board practical, a hands on test that covers a swath of techniques ranging from finger waving to highlighting. One of the most challenging parts of the exam is the haircut, which is a classic round layer. Students always seem to dislike this cut, probably because they associate it with the exam, but the shape is actually soft, classic, and makes the most of hair’s natural movement. For a class demonstration, I cut the version above on a model last week; it freed up her waves and perfectly frames her gorgeous features. Make this shape work for you by following the simple steps in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Step: This shape has balanced layers throughout which makes it a great choice if you like to switch your part. Keeping the shortest point below the chin ensures versatility.
Step: To enhance natural wave, divide hair down the center and twist into two large sections, dry the coils and separate gently with fingers for softly undulating ripples.
Step: To achieve a more refined finish use a mid-sized ceramic round brush, rolling strands up from ends to roots and drying with high heat. Hit each section with the cool shot on your dryer before releasing and spray with primp. To finish, mist hands with a few pumps of shine spray and apply to tips.
Special thanks to Laura Martin, Senior Educator at ARROJO Cosmetology School, for sharing her State Board Class Demonstration hair cut with Style Noted.