How to Use Hairdressing Scissors for Cutting Hair

How to Use Hairdressing Scissors for Cutting Hair


Using hairdressing scissors to cut hair effectively and accurately is a fundamental skill for hairstylists and barbers. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use hairdressing scissors for cutting hair:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Hairdressing scissors
  • Hair comb
  • Hair clips (to section off the hair)
  • Hair cutting cape or apron
  • Spray bottle with water (for wet cutting)
  • Towel (for drying the hair)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Work Area:
    • Ensure your work area is well-lit, clean, and comfortable for both you and your client. Place your tools within easy reach.
  2. Consultation:
    • Have a thorough consultation with your client to understand their haircut preferences. Discuss the style, length, and any specific requests they may have.
  3. Prep the Hair:
    • Drape your client with a hair cutting cape or apron to protect their clothing. If the hair is dry, mist it with a spray bottle to dampen it slightly. For wet cutting, thoroughly wet the hair with the spray bottle.
  4. Section the Hair:
    • Section the hair using hair clips to create manageable sections. Start with the bottom section and work your way up.
  5. Begin Cutting:
    • Hold the scissors in your dominant hand with your thumb in the smaller ring and your remaining fingers in the larger ring. Comb the section of hair you're working on, and hold it between your fingers, leaving the desired length you intend to cut.
  6. Cutting Techniques:
    • Use the appropriate cutting technique for the style you're creating. For example, for a blunt cut, cut the hair straight across using the full length of the scissors. For layers, use point-cutting to create soft, feathered edges.
  7. Maintain Tension:
    • Maintain consistent tension on the hair as you cut. This ensures an even result. The tension should be firm but not overly tight.
  8. Body and Scissor Position:
    • Position your body and scissors correctly. Ensure your elbow and wrist are relaxed and comfortable. The scissor should follow the natural curve of your fingers as you cut.
  9. Scissor Over Comb or Clipper Over Comb:
    • Use scissor over comb or clipper over comb techniques for precision in creating graduated or tapered effects.
  10. Cross-Check:
    • After completing the haircut, cross-check your work by combing the hair in the opposite direction. This ensures evenness and balance in the cut.
  11. Detailing:
    • Use the scissors to trim and detail the hair. Pay attention to the hairline, sideburns, and any uneven areas.
  12. Finishing:
    • Finish the haircut according to the client's preference. Style the hair as desired, and provide any final touches.
  13. Clean-Up:
    • Remove hair clippings from the client's clothing and the cape. Sweep the floor to ensure a clean workspace.
  14. Consultation and Final Check:
    • Have a final consultation with the client to ensure they are satisfied with the haircut. Make any necessary adjustments if requested.
  15. Sanitize Your Scissors:
    • After the haircut, clean and sanitize your scissors to maintain hygiene.

Using hairdressing scissors to cut hair requires practice and skill development. It's important to choose the right scissors for your needs, maintain them properly, and continuously improve your cutting techniques to provide your clients with the best possible haircut.

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