The Art of Point Cutting: Creating Dimension and Movement with Scissors

The Art of Point Cutting: Creating Dimension and Movement with Scissors


Point cutting is a technique used by hairstylists to add texture, dimension, and movement to the hair. It involves making small, vertical cuts into the hair shaft using scissors held at an angle. Here's how to master the art of point cutting:

  1. Preparation:
    • Start with clean, dry hair that has been properly detangled and sectioned according to the desired style.
  2. Choose the Right Scissors:
    • Use sharp, high-quality hairdressing scissors specifically designed for precision cutting. Dull scissors can cause damage to the hair and create uneven cuts.
  3. Hold the Scissors Correctly:
    • Hold the scissors at a 45-degree angle to the hair shaft for optimal results. This angle allows you to create soft, blended texture without creating harsh lines.
  4. Select the Section:
    • Choose the section of hair you want to point cut. This could be the ends of a haircut to add texture, layers to create movement, or fringe to soften the edges.
  5. Point Cutting Technique:
    • Hold the section of hair between your fingers, keeping it away from the scalp to avoid accidental cuts.
    • Position the scissors perpendicular to the hair shaft and point them towards the ceiling.
    • Make small, vertical cuts into the hair shaft, varying the depth and angle of each cut to create texture and dimension.
    • Avoid cutting straight across the hair; instead, focus on creating a soft, feathered effect by cutting into the hair at different lengths and angles.
  6. Work Gradually:
    • Start with small sections of hair and gradually work your way through the entire section, making sure to maintain a consistent angle and depth with each cut.
    • Take your time and be patient, as point cutting requires precision and attention to detail to achieve the desired result.
  7. Check for Balance and Evenness:
    • Periodically comb through the hair to check for balance and evenness. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the texture is uniform throughout the hairstyle.
  8. Styling:
    • Finish the haircut by styling the hair as desired. Point cutting creates natural-looking texture and movement that can be enhanced with styling products or techniques such as tousling or scrunching.
  9. Practice Regularly:
    • Like any hairstyling technique, mastering point cutting requires practice and patience. Experiment with different angles, depths, and section sizes to refine your skills and achieve the desired effect.

By mastering the art of point cutting, you can add dimension and movement to your hairstyles, creating texture and softness that enhances the overall look. Practice regularly and experiment with different techniques to develop your skills and creativity as a hairstylist.

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