The Top 4 Things You Need To Know About Using Your Hair Scissors

Girl holding scissors

If you’ve gone ahead and gotten a pair of professional hair scissors then there are some things you need to know about your tool. These things can make a difference in how much you get out of your scissors.

How to hold hair scissors

You start by ensuring the scissors are facing the correct way. The adjuster or screw should face you. You lay the scissor in the palm of your hand with the screw still facing you, then you should put the thumb in the hole that is closer to you and the ring finger in the other hole.

The finger-rest should be on the side of the handle where you will place your ring finger. The finger-rest is where you will place your pinky finger.

When placing your fingers do not put them all the way down into the holes as that restricts movement and is a way of causing pain in your wrist, hands and arm. Just rest the scissors above that second joint or in the knuckle region of your ring finger and the thumb should barely be in the hole on the other side. In fact just the top of your thumb will go in the hole.

How to cut


When it’s time to cut, do not move both fingers at the same time as this may cause an uneven cut. The thumb is the only finger you should move when cutting hair in order to get a straight angle.

What to do if it’s not cutting

Check if they are dull if they are not cutting. This will most likely happen if you’ve had it for a while. To check if they are dull rub the edge of your thumb nail to the back and to front along the blade. This will allow you to feel any knicks on the blades. If there are any knicks on the blades this means it’s time to sharpen the blades. You can find professional sharpeners to do the job for you but there is definitely no need to park your scissors.

If the blades are too loose the hair scissors may not cut and must first be tightened. You know the blades need tightening if when you hold the bottom blade in one hand and lift the top blade open with the other hand it just flops down. Turn the screw in order to adjust the tension so the blades can cut.

Care

Always close your scissors before putting them down and never put your hair scissors down on hard surfaces as doing so will cause knicks on the blade.

That can cause the scissors to fold the hair instead of cutting it. Always ensure scissors are dry after wet cutting or cleaning before storing them in something soft.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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TO PUT THEM DOWN 4 TIMES! DONE!