Hair Cutting Scissors Types
Cut Scissors Over Comb
The technique known as “Scissor Over Comb” is vital for hairdressers and yet, once mastered, simple enough to do yourself. However, if this is done improperly, you could end up wearing a hat for quite some time. So take a few moments and watch our helpful video and read these how-to-tips to master the technique necessity for hairdressers known simply as… Scissor Over Comb.
In the video, Hair Stylist Nic Davis from Simplicity Remastered, shares five simple steps to utilize the scissor over comb technique.
First, Nic Davis states that this technique is a “way of using very little tension to cut the hair as close as possible to the skin.” You’ll want to practice with just the comb a few times, to get used to the feel of the this step. This way, you will be sure of the length and feel more comfortable before you make your first cut.
Now you must start off with your scissors being ‘over your comb’ (hence the name of the technique). From here you will gradually, very gradually for newbies, ‘scoop out’ or comb scoops of hair out as you are cutting so you are removing less to a little hair, rather than too much hair. Remember, once a cut is made, you can always cut more, but you can never cut less!
After a few tries you should start feeling a bit more control with this skill. Just like any habit from hobby to work, the simultaneous movement of the scissors and comb will begin to feel like second nature. Keep this step going and make sure you continue to practice on a daily basis, to solidify this new skill in your mind-to-body habitual memorization.
Now that this skill should be easy for you, it is time to move on to the cut itself. You will want to go against the growth pattern of the hair. Against the grain, in other words. This may seem like it goes against everything you’ve learned from painting a wall to petting a cat, but you will learn this sure enough as second nature in due time. If you are wondering why, it is simply because this part of the technique helps you catch as much hair as possible and, as Nic states, you create a ‘lovely even fade.’ Again, always cut against the hair growth for optimal results.
You will want to practice on very short hair at first. Men or women, preferably both to see the difference between the masculine results and feminine results that happen with the same technique. Eventually, you can move onto different hair lengths, but this technique will always be used for individuals with short hair.
Finally, in order to fully control the fading and shading of your master haircut in the making, it is vital to take off… as little… hair… as possible. Devote that to memory, because if too much is taken off, all you can do is try to fix it or hope that a time machine finds its’ way to you before the mirror finds the client.