How to Cut Hair Extensions

How to Cut Hair Extensions in 3 Steps


Why Cutting Hair Extensions Matters

When encountering someone wearing hair extensions, you may occasionally observe that the result appears unnatural. This can be attributed to various factors, such as low-quality hair, subpar extension application, or, most frequently, improper cutting. Despite investing significant time in installing extensions, many hairdressers tend to avoid the essential step of cutting. This reluctance stems from a lack of proper training in cutting hair extensions.

It is crucial to acknowledge that achieving a seamless and natural look with hair extensions requires expertise in both installation and cutting techniques. Unfortunately, many hairdressers have not been adequately educated in the latter aspect. Consequently, the outcome often falls short of expectations, dissatisfying the wearer.

To rectify this issue, hairdressers must receive comprehensive training on the proper methods of cutting hair extensions. By acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge, they can ensure that the extensions blend seamlessly with the natural hair, resulting in a flawless and authentic appearance.

By neglecting the crucial cutting step, hairdressers inadvertently compromise the overall aesthetic of hair extensions. This oversight not only diminishes the potential beauty of the extensions but also reflects poorly on the stylist’s expertise. Clients deserve to have their hair extensions expertly tailored to their unique style and preferences, and hairdressers are responsible for delivering this level of service.

In conclusion, the lack of proper training in cutting techniques for hair extensions often leads to unsatisfactory results. To enhance hairdressing services’ overall quality and professionalism, stylists must receive a comprehensive education in this crucial aspect. Doing so can ensure that hair extensions appear natural and seamless, enhancing the wearer’s beauty.

Varying Cutting Hair Extension Techniques

At Extend USA, we recognize the utmost significance of precision when cutting hair extensions. Our team is dedicated to providing expert guidance throughout the process, ensuring that each extension row is cut flawlessly. We will teach you the art of softening lines and angles using razors or point-cutting techniques, enabling you to blend your client’s natural hair and extensions seamlessly. The result? A flawless finish that will leave your clients amazed. Trust us to deliver professional expertise and unparalleled quality in hair extension cutting.

Lob and Blunt Cut: How To Blend Hair Extensions

If your client has a lob or a short, blunt haircut, you might encounter difficulties seamlessly incorporating hair extensions. We aim to provide you with valuable tips and tricks that will enable you to blend hair extensions with your blunt haircut or lob effortlessly.

– Point Cutting – feathers out the ends of your hair and is perfect for removing blunt lines. Hold the extensions at the ends and cut them upwards into your hair to execute this technique. Cutting directly upwards in line with your hair is vital when doing a point cut, so you only remove thickness rather than length.

– Slicing – This method is ideal for shaping your hair at the front around your face and adding layers. Consider the natural length of your hair as its shortest layer. Grasp part of the extensions with your fingers, then carefully cut to the ends from the center in a diagonal movement. While cutting, close and open the shears gently rather than drawing them through your hair.

– Blunt Cutting – Once you have shaped and layered your extensions, you might have uneven or wispy ends. A blunt cut is ideal in this situation! Just pull your hair forward and grasp it with your fingers to guide you. Cut directly across for a blunt appearance, or use the point-cutting technique described above for a softer look.

– Slithering – Slithering removes bulk effectively and creates discreet layers within hair extensions. Take a section of your extensions, then – beginning from the midshaft – slide the shears downwards carefully to the ends. The blades should be kept moving and open during this process.

Achieving the Perfect Cut

Properly cutting extensions saves clients the hassle of styling at home, minimizes tangling, and reduces blow-drying time. By providing the right outcome, we make things easier for both the clients and the salon professionals!

Cut finished Extensions


  • Straight razor and extra blades
  • Scissors and blending shears
  • Clips, a cutting comb, and a brush
  • Water spray bottle.

How to Dry Cut Extensions:

Step One: Internal Cutting

  • Always start with a fresh blade.
  • Start by sectioning the hair row by row and backcombing the client’s hair.
  • Razor cutting from the backcombing to the end of the hair.
  • Continue this process until you have finished cutting each section.

Step Two: Cut the Perimeter Outline

  • Have your client stand up with their head bent down.
  • Start cutting the perimeter with your razor.
  • Clean up the outline with blending shears or point cutting.

Slide cutting or using the razor will create a better blend than blunt cutting.

Step Three: Layering & Blending

  • Using vertical sections, slide cut the client’s natural length at the crown.
  • Slide cut with scissors or a razor or scissors.
  • Avoid blunt cutting the layers, as this will create steps.
  • Remember, do not cut the client’s hair.
  • Make sure you first back-comb the client’s hair out of the way.