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The Gherkin - Long Commercial Haircut

With Lee Stafford
Duration9 minutes
Skill levelAdvanced


Inspired by London’s landmark Gherkin, Lee Stafford’s long haircut is brilliant for women with long hair in the salon who want something different, but don't want any length lost. It's a commercial wearable look, but has a real bite and twist to the shape. Don't be put off by the sectioning, trust the process.

The result is something different with all the length left. It’s girlie, it’s wearable and it's commercial.

Lee uses a variety of techniques within the video including blunt, club and point cutting, disconnection, elevation, graduation, layering, over-direction, sectioning, tapering and triangular layering.

Members to MHD can also download and print our step by step instructions to follow along with the video.

Watch the accompanying hair colouring video tutorial by Bee Dixon.

Technical skills

  • Blunt cutting
  • Disconnection
  • Elevation
  • Graduation
  • Layering
  • Over-direction
  • Point cutting
  • Tapering
  • Triangular layering


Contributor: Lee Stafford
Model: Katia
Make-Up Artist: Clayre Sodeau
Photographer: Jamie Harrison

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