How to Use Hairdressing Scissors for Texturizing Hair

How to Use Hairdressing Scissors for Texturizing Hair


Texturizing hair is a technique used by hairstylists to add texture, remove bulk, and create a softer, more natural look. Texturizing is especially useful for thick, heavy, or overly dense hair. Here's how to use hairdressing scissors for texturizing hair:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Hairdressing scissors (texturizing shears)
  • Hair comb
  • Hair clips (to section off the hair)
  • Hair cutting cape or apron
  • Spray bottle with water (for wet cutting, if desired)

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:
    • Discuss the texturizing with your client to ensure you understand their preferences and what kind of texture they're looking for.
  3. Prep the Hair:
    • Drape your client with a hair cutting cape or apron to protect their clothing. If the hair is dry, you can proceed with texturizing. For wet cutting, you may use a spray bottle to thoroughly wet the hair.
  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. Select the Section to Texturize:
    • Choose a section of hair that requires texturizing. Typically, this is in areas where the hair is dense and needs to be thinned out.
  6. Hold the Hair:
    • Hold the selected section of hair between your fingers, ensuring the desired length to be texturized is exposed.
  7. Use Texturizing Shears:
    • Use texturizing shears (also known as thinning or blending shears) instead of regular hairdressing scissors for this technique. Texturizing shears have notched or serrated blades designed to remove bulk and create texture. Hold the texturizing shears at a slight angle and make cuts along the length of the hair.
  8. Keep Scissor Motion Smooth:
    • Keep your scissor motion smooth and controlled. Do not cut too deeply or remove too much hair at once. Gradually build up the texture by making multiple, gentle cuts along the section.
  9. Maintain Tension:
    • Maintain consistent tension on the hair to ensure even texturizing. The tension should be firm but not too tight.
  10. Cross-Check:
    • After texturizing the section, cross-check your work by combing the hair in the opposite direction. This helps ensure the texturizing is even and balanced.
  11. Repeat as Needed:
    • Repeat the texturizing process on other sections of the hair that require it.
  12. Clean-Up:
    • Remove hair clippings from the client's clothing and the cape. Sweep the floor to ensure a clean workspace.
  13. Consultation and Final Check:
    • Have a final consultation with the client to ensure they are satisfied with the texturized result. Make any necessary adjustments if requested.
  14. Sanitize Your Scissors:
    • After texturizing, clean and sanitize your texturizing shears to maintain hygiene.

Texturizing is a skill that takes practice to perfect. It's important to use the right tools, like texturizing shears, and to maintain a light hand to avoid over-thinning the hair. The goal is to create a natural, textured look while preserving the overall shape and style.

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