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How To Use Hair Thinning Scissors

How To Use Hair Thinning Scissors

When used properly, hair thinning scissors are a powerful tool in any barber's arsenal. Make sure you're not cutting it too close with this helpful video guide.

In this video, we're going to show you how to use hair thinning scissors. Okay, so we've got quite thick hair here - it's quite important when thinning hair out that you need to be doing it on dry hair so you can see where the hair lies. When the hair's wet, it would fall flatter, so now the hair's dry, you can see where the volume needs to be taken out.

So, we're going to be taking the volume out of these sort of areas here, so the hair falls a bit flatter, and take a little bit of weight out of here to reduce the density on the top. Never take too much hair in the scissors. Working down, not going too far in.

A lot of people go a bit too over-the-top with the thinning scissors, and this can create a wispy look rather than a thinned-out look. You're just literally reducing the density; get your hands in afterwards to feel. Thinning scissors work by taking out a small amount of the hair, so I've just got one edge open - the bit's there.

So, the hair goes through there, and that's why if you go over that too many times, instead of reducing the weight, you end up taking off more hair and giving the client a shorter haircut. And just by going through once, checking it through (we need a little more taking out of here). Make sure you're only going in with the thinning scissors in the areas that need density taken out.

You can see the bottom there is quite wispy already, so we didn't need to take any weight out of there. But we're reducing weight out of here to match that through. So if you go in too far with the thinning scissors, go in too close, you're just going to get short hairs standing up.

That's why it's essential just to do mid-lengths and ends there. So, another way of using thinning scissors, also, is that if you're going to do like a short back and sides, like a number 2 back and sides, so clip at the sides here, and afterwards, you've got a bit of density going through. So after you've done the blend, just like I've been doing there, so it's use the thinning scissors a little bit just to blend that in, that sort of thing.

So, just to recap, we're making sure we're using the actual thinning scissors, one with a straight-edge, one where the edge is missing. We're making sure we've used the thinning scissors on dry hair, okay? We're not going in too close. And that's how to use hair thinning scissors.

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