Not all clients know how to describe it. They tell you they want bounce and body and do the thing with their hands. Lucky you know they want – a textured cut.
Texturizing hair with scissors takes some practice and the right tools. But once you’ve mastered it, your clients will return to order the ‘same again’ like they’re sitting in a bar.
Texturizing is cutting hair so it adds movement and interest to the style. It’s perfect for clients who want that volume and texture to give the hair an effortless look when really it’s been days since they washed their hair.
Hair cut on the straight and narrow is a bit boring. But cut it into choppy or feathered layers, hello texture. Clients notice the difference. They walk out of the salon thinking they’re a modern day Meg Ryan.
There is an entire range of techniques hairdressers and barbers use to achieve a textured cut.
Snipping little slices of hair with the scissors held vertically to the hair’s direction to give a smoother finish rather than a blunt edge.
Snipping little slices of hair with the scissors held vertically to the hair’s direction to give a smoother finish rather than a blunt edge. To remove more hair, hold the scissors at an angle (more perpendicular) to the hair being cut. You can read more about this technique in our article on point cutting.
This technique often brings in the big guns – a razor over scissors. A comb guard reduces the amount of hair cut then the razor lightly slides over sections of hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. A fluid motion is needed to shorten and thin out the hair evenly.
Don’t be put off by the name. It’s an ideal technique for thick hair to thin and add volume so it doesn’t look flat. With a light grip on the scissor handles, gently slide the blades out from the mid lengths of the hair to the ends.
This technique involves using a tail comb to weave through a section of hair in an m-shaped motion moving up and down quickly through the hair, similar for applying foils. The small slices of isolated hair are cut to thin it out.
Who doesn’t like a little twizzle and turn? To achieve this technique, sections of hair are twisted tight and cut with scissors to texturize. The scissors contact the hair twisted at different lengths to gain an even thinning effect. It’s ideal for thick hair and to soften blunt tips.
Which Technique Do you Choose?
The technique used will depend on the hair type you’re working with and the look you’re after. For fine hair, you’re best to use the smooth or twist cutting technique while thick hair responds best with slithering and chipping techniques.
Texturizing scissors are different to thinning scissors because they have wider teeth with more space between each one. The extra space means they take out a thicker piece of hair than thinning scissors to create layers that add volume and texture.
Thinning shears are designed to blend the lines left by hair scissors. They soften the edge of hair and cut away some hair so there’s more movement in the style.
Heavy coarse hair can benefit from both texturizing and thinning. The combination techniques thin and add texture to the ends and mid-section of the hair.
Sure it takes good hairdressing skills but to texturize hair properly a hairdresser or barber needs the right tools to do their best work.
After much searching, Scissor Tech has put together a range of shears that can only be described as precision instruments. Made from premium-grade Japanese steel, their ergonomic, sculpted handles provide maximum control and maneuverability.
They work as an extension of your hand ensuring they do the hard work, not your body. We have a range of hair thinning scissors in beautiful finishes including classic steel, rose gold, matt black, rainbow chrome and printed styles.
Treat yourself and buy a new pair of scissors or contact one of our scissors experts anytime if you have questions.