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Hello world! Vega live and direct! The people want to know the difference between a WTG hair cut and an ATG hair cut. This is blog entry that I got a lot of requests for. What the people want the people get!

ATG and WTGWTG is an acronym for With the Grain. Now let me break the meaning of this down a bit. With the grain simply means in the direction your hair is trained to grow, aka your wave pattern that you have worked so hard to get trained. This means cutting your hair from the crown outward going along with the tide of your waves.

ATG is an acronym for Against the Grain. It is the exact opposite of WTG. Against the grain means exactly what it sounds like. It is going against the direction of your pattern. Instead of going with the tide it is defying the flow of it. This means cutting your hair backwards toward your crown area.

I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking why would someone get an ATG hair cut? I mean it seems to be the worst thing you can do. I know you’re thinking this because I once thought the same exact thing. When in reality ATG can also be your best friend. Sometimes cutting WTG can be very tricky. You have to make sure your cutting each side with the same exact amount of pressure to get a good even haircut. The crown area is the most tricky with cutting WTG because the hair is going in many directions, which if done improperly can leave you with a plug or a bald spot looking area. But on the other side of the coin an ATG cut ensures that the cutting is even by going backward it cuts the ends of the hair.

The most important thing you need to remember is making sure you use a guard twice that of a WTG. For example, if you ordinarily get (1/4 inches-6mm) #2 guard WTG cut, when going ATG you would get an (1/2 inches-13mm) #4 guard ATG.

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I hope this information gave ya’ll a lot of insight, until next time! Vega Smith signing off! =)

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