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Graduated or Stepped Haircuts Create Movement

Graduated or Stepped Haircuts
Graduated or stepped haircuts in many variations
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Hair can be cut in a graduated or stepped way or it can be extremely thinned out. Graduated haircuts come in many variations. They can give bounce to curls and can add the appearance of volume to straight hair. We show you the most beautiful stepped hair styles and explain - step by step of course - how the hair is cut

  • You may call it shag or you may call it a graduated (stepped) haircut. Whatever you call it, graduated haircuts work virtually for every hair quality, length or hair structure. However, you must pay attention to some details. If you have very thin hair you should be careful not to thin out the ends of your hair too much. In a good haircut, your stylist must create optically pleasing transitions between the different lengths of hair. Otherwise, the hair style will quickly look scraggy.

  • Graduated Haircuts - Pay Attention to Your Hair Structure

    Fine hair should not be cut in a graduated way if it has grown beyond your shoulders because the ends of your hair would look too thin. On top of the head even thin hair may be cut in a stepped way to create more volume. Short fine hair looks great when the shortest covering hair is at least five centimetres (2 inches) long. Hair strands of this length fall softer.

    Steps reduce the weight of your hair and are therefore ideal for thick hair. It is alright to cut steps up to ear level into long hair (hair of more than shoulder length). Limb curls have more spring after a stepped haircut. Here as always, transitions must be created between the different length of hair and the curls on top of the head should not be too short to avoid the dreaded poodle look.

  • This makes graduated haircuts great hits:

    • Highlights or streaks emphasise the look of a graduated or stepped haircut. The hair style looks especially beautiful when the hair is streaked in two or three different shades
    • Hair styles based on graduated cuts may well look a little disorganised. Work styling crème, gel or wax through the dry hair to emphasise the stepped nature of the haircut
    • It is usually unnecessary to style graduated haircuts for short and medium-length hair using a round brush. Instead, a flat paddle brush ideally suits this purpose. Blow-dry your hair against the grain and then first to one side and then to the other. Finally you should blow-dry your hair to the front and then to the back. Using this method, the hair gains great volume and shine while staying smooth and straight
    • If you have thick hair you should ask your hair stylist about the point cut technique. In this method, larger gaps are cut into strands of hair using ridged scissors. This creates overall softer contours and the haircut appears less compact
  • Admire the Graduated Haircuts of the Stars

    Cameron Diaz

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    Cameron Diaz

    This is how we like it Cameron Diaz! Her hair is softly stepped and looks beautifully smooth and shiny. This is how it is done:

    The hair is cut in a graduated fashion up to chin level. Apply a little styling lotion into your hair; then pull the hair over a paddle brush while using a blow-dryer. This renders hair smooth and straight. You may decide to use a large round brush to slightly turn the ends of the hair toward the inside, while still blow-drying your hair. A trace of hair spray gives the hair more shine and glamour

    Katie Holmes

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    Katie Holmes

    Dear Katie Holmes, we find your mixed hair style with stepped curls and straight fringes quite interesting. The straight hair ends make this combination stylish. Here is how it is done:

    Apply styling spray to your dry hair and roll thin strands of hair around papillotes. For this hair style it is important not to roll up the hair ends so that they will fall straight without curls. The same applies to the fringes. Warm up the hair using a blow-dryer and allow the hair to cool down. Carefully take out the papillotes and without brushing shape your hair with your hands. Work a little gel into the hair ends to give the curls more definition. Use some hair spray for extra shine if you like

    Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Sarah Jessica Parker

    We envy your curls Sarah Jessica Parker. The hair is cut in only a few steps up to chin level to prevent it from forming tight curls. Her hair falls in very soft waves. Here is how it is done:

    Apply styling spray to your dry hair and roll it around very large Velcro rollers. Then warm up the rolled up hair using a hair dryer and allow your hair to cool. Do not brush your hair after you have carefully taken out the rollers. Simply pull the hair in shape and apply a lot of hair spray for added shine and hold

    Ashlee Simpson

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    Ashlee Simpson

    Ashlee Simpson’s hair is cut pixie style with extreme steps. Part of the covering hair reaches to her nose, which makes her long pixie look very casual. Here is how it is done:

    Style your hair by pulling it over a paddle brush or simply arrange your hair using your fingers. Blow-dry your hair dry. After rubbing a little styling wax on your fingers style individual hair strands with them. A little hair spray gives additional hold

    Sarah Connor

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    Sarah Connor

    Sarah Connor likes it stormy. Her short shag looks like the wind had played with it. Here is how it is done:

    The style is based on a short graduated haircut with the also graduated fringes falling sideways to nose level. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling foam through the hair and then simply blow-dry. Now use gel before pushing the hair sideways over the forehead. Use a little hair spray for more hold

    Carey Mulligan

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    Carey Mulligan

    Carey Mulligan demonstrates how a pixie haircut looks while the hair grows longer. The hair is cut in steps and reaches to ear level. The fringed hair looks beautiful with the ends curling around ever so slightly. Here is how it is done:

    Work a little styling foam through the towelled hair. Then use a blow-dryer and all ten fingers to style the hair. Put a film of wax on your fingers and use them to pull the hair ends outward. Some hair spray provides extra hold

    Winona Ryder

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    Winona Ryder

    Winona Ryder’s short haircut with short fringes and long side hair is a head-turner. Here is how it is done:

    Work some styling foam into the dry hair and pull the hair over a medium-sized round brush while blow-drying it. Apply some styling crème to the fringes before pushing them out of the face sideways. After applying some styling crème twirl a few longer side hair strands and push them in front of the ears