Scissor Over Comb Technique: Mastering the Basics

Scissor Over Comb Technique: Mastering the Basics


The scissor-over-comb technique is a fundamental skill in the world of hairdressing. It involves using scissors to cut hair that is held between the comb and the fingers. This technique is commonly used for creating short, precision haircuts, blending, and tapering. Mastering the basics of the scissor-over-comb technique is essential for any aspiring hairdresser. Here's a step-by-step guide:

You'll need:

  • A good pair of sharp hairdressing scissors
  • A fine-toothed comb
  • A spray bottle with water to keep the hair damp (if needed)

Step 1: Prepare the Hair

  • Begin by ensuring the hair is clean and dry, as it's easier to work with. In some cases, you might need to dampen the hair with a spray bottle to make it more manageable.

Step 2: Section the Hair

  • Part the hair into sections using the comb. How you section the hair will depend on the haircut you are trying to achieve. For example, for a taper or fade, you may need to section off the sides and back from the top.

Step 3: Hold the Comb

  • Grasp the fine-toothed comb firmly in your non-dominant hand. Your fingers should be close to the hair shaft, securing the section of hair you intend to cut.

Step 4: Position the Scissors

  • Hold the scissors in your dominant hand and position them parallel to the comb. The blades of the scissors should be facing upward, and they should be pointing toward the hair. Your thumb should be on top of the comb, and your fingers should be beneath it.

Step 5: Start Cutting

  • Begin cutting by closing the scissors while moving them upward along the comb. The comb acts as a guide, ensuring that the hair is cut evenly. The hair should be slightly longer than the comb's teeth to allow for a clean cut.

Step 6: Maintain Consistency

  • Keep the scissors moving upward while you cut. This motion ensures a consistent length. The angle at which you hold the comb and scissors will determine the angle of the cut, so adjust this as needed.

Step 7: Repeat as Necessary

  • Depending on the haircut and the desired effect, you may need to repeat the scissor-over-comb technique several times in the same section to achieve the desired length and texture.

Step 8: Blend and Taper

  • To blend and taper the hair, adjust the angle of the scissors to achieve a smooth transition between different sections of the hair. For example, to create a fade, you'll gradually adjust the angle of the comb and scissors as you move from shorter to longer sections.

Step 9: Check for Evenness

  • Periodically check for evenness by combing the hair down and inspecting it in the mirror. Make any necessary adjustments to maintain a uniform length.

Step 10: Finish and Style

  • Once you're satisfied with the haircut, finish styling as desired. You may also want to check for any stray or uneven hairs and make any final adjustments.

Mastering the scissor-over-comb technique takes practice and patience. Start with simple cuts and gradually work your way up to more complex styles. The key to success is precision and consistency, so take your time and focus on achieving the desired results.

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