What Is a Precision Hair Cut?

A precision haircut is a style using techniques that create straight, dramatic lines and clean angles. Vidal Sassoon was the pioneer of precision haircutting, with the original philosophy of creating haircuts based on a client’s bone structure. His training system is one of the most renowned in the world.

Hairdressing has been a part of fashion for both men and women since antiquity. The oldest known hairdressing dates back to the Paleolithic era in the form of hair braiding.

The art of hairstyling is a profession that continually changes with the times. From the highly stylized wigs of the ancient Egyptians, to the Farrah Fawcett blow-out that preceded precision cutting technology, the scope of hairstyling is always in flux and always important. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s, hairstyling was one of the industries that remained active as people tried to maintain an appearance.

Hairdressing has evolved into a world industry, whether the style is a contemporary or classic cut, or an asymmetrical, precision design. Hairstyling and cutting is an important employment sector that ranked as one of the top 100 jobs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. There were more than 600,000 stylists in the United States alone in 2014, with another 83,000 projected by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.