Mastering the Bob Cut with Hairdressing Scissors

Mastering the Bob Cut with Hairdressing Scissors


Mastering the bob cut with hairdressing scissors is a skill that requires precision and technique. The bob haircut is a classic and versatile style that can be tailored to different lengths and variations. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to achieve a well-executed bob cut using scissors:

Tools Needed:

  • Hairdressing scissors
  • A comb
  • Hair clips or pins
  • A mirror
  • A spray bottle with water (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preparation:
    • Start by preparing your tools and workspace. Ensure good lighting and access to a mirror. The hair should be clean, dry, and free of tangles.
  2. Consultation:
    • Begin by having a consultation with your client to determine the desired bob style, length, and any specific requests.
  3. Sectioning:
    • Divide the hair into sections using your comb and hair clips. Create a center part to separate the hair into two equal sections. Parting the hair horizontally from ear to ear will create the top and bottom sections.
  4. Dampen the Hair (Optional):
    • If the hair is too dry or challenging to work with, you can lightly dampen it with a spray bottle. This can make the cutting process smoother.
  5. Starting the Cut:
    • Begin with the bottom section. Comb the hair straight down, ensuring it is even and untangled. Hold the hair between your fingers, perpendicular to the head, and decide on the length of the bob. Cut a straight line horizontally, using the previous cut as your guide for the next section. Continue this process around the head.
  6. Creating Graduation (Optional):
    • If your client desires a graduated bob with a slightly shorter back, follow these additional steps:
      • Comb a small section from the center of the back of the head, hold it at a slight angle (higher in the front and lower in the back), and cut to create a gradual slope.
      • Work your way around the head, maintaining the angle to create a graduated effect.
  7. Texturize (Optional):
    • To add texture and soften the edges, point-cut the ends by holding the scissors vertically and making small, upward cuts into the hair. This step can help create a natural, softer look for the bob.
  8. Blending the Layers:
    • Check for any unevenness in the layers and make any necessary adjustments. Ensure that the layers blend seamlessly.
  9. Check for Evenness:
    • Let the hair fall naturally and check for evenness and balance. Make any final adjustments to ensure the bob looks polished and symmetrical.
  10. Styling:
    • Style the bob as desired. You can use a flat iron, curling iron, or styling products to achieve the desired texture and finish.


  • When cutting the bob, it's essential to maintain an even tension while holding the hair between your fingers.
  • Work meticulously and double-check your work at every step to ensure precision and evenness.
  • Consult with your client throughout the cutting process to make adjustments based on their preferences.

Mastering the bob cut with hairdressing scissors requires practice and an eye for detail. As you gain experience, you'll become more skilled at creating clean, well-defined bobs that suit a wide range of styles and preferences.

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