MyHairdressers-Head Block Basics

Stacey Broughton Education Foundation - Salon Creative - Inspirational


Stacey Broughton’s head block haircut is a fundamental skill and haircut for absolute beginners, highlighting the importance of hand and scissor co-ordination and body positioning.

For this cut you will need to use a new block, which will then be used for later lessons.



Stacey Broughton’s head block tutorial demonstrates the disciplines of control needed to cut hair to one length. This is one of the first cuts a student must tackle and master.

It is excellent grounding for every level, be it a new student or a salon educator.



Stacey Broughton’s head block haircut is a simple A-Line long layered shape on a Head Block, starting with the interior shape first and working vertically from front hairline to nape area.

Watch the positioning of body, fingers and hair sections with regard to direction and over-direction to create this soft, fluid and light shape.

Understanding this will lead to a greater understanding of layering.



Stacey Broughton’s head block haircut is the graduated bob – a vital part of any hairdressing training. This method starts with a vertical section from crown to nape which acts as a guide for the entire shape and ensures the correct balance of graduation throughout.



Stacey Broughton’s head block haircut is the halo, a pure technique starting in the nape area using curved sectioning up towards the ear. These sections slowly work to a horizontal plane as you move up the head-shape towards the crown, using a cutting comb as a guide and minimal tension. At the crown area, work with diagonal sections into the side areas and continues the outline toward the chin. This controls the positioning of the hair over the ear area.Next the fringe – a small triangle section is taken, then sub-divided horizontally then cut on the brow area working a square line. The front side connection is then taken from the side outline up to the fringe area, allowing the line to softly blend and round into both areas to achieve a naturally curved perimeter with clear crisp lines from the fringe and back outline lengths.


Stacey Broughton’s head block haircut tutorial demonstrates a pure firefly technique. This technique teaches how to build graduation from the front hairline through to the back following the rounded contour of the head.The process begins on the right-hand side, which will act as a guide for the flatter less dense second side for an even balance.  Elevation, over-direction and the degree of tension will add graduation throughout the shape running into the back with a diagonal section to enhance the head shape .This shape provides the techniques to master graduation through the build up of diagonal sections and how to cross the graduation in the back from one shoulder to the other for perfect balance.


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