Tips for Using Blending and Texturizing Scissors

For cosmetology students and beginners, knowing how to properly use blending and texturizing scissors is an essential skill needed to become a professional hairstylist. However, mastering the techniques can be more difficult than it seems. In this article, we give you a simplified guide to understanding the best tips and techniques for blending and texturizing scissors.

Things You Should Know Before Picking Up a Pair of Blending and Texturizing Scissors

1.      The type of scissors you use matters

Different types of blending and texturizing scissors are used for different techniques. No one pair of these scissors is meant to be used for all techniques. Understanding which method you need to perform will help you determine which type of blending and texturizing scissors you need to use.

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2.      The client’s desired style

Understanding what the client is asking for will determine which styling method you need to use, which in turn will help you decide which pair of scissors to pick up. Not all cuts will require blending and texturizing, so before going at it, ask yourself if you even need to blend or add texture to the hair.

The Best Blending and Texturizing Techniques

Scissor Over Comb

The scissor over comb technique gives you the most control over the scissors when the tip is pointing down with the regular blade on top. A wide-tooth comb is most helpful when you want to ensure you don’t put so much pressure on the hair.

Point Cutting

Point cutting allows you to control the amount of hair you want to cut off, whether it’s more or less. To cut off less hair at a time, the texturizing scissors need to be held parallel to every section that needs to be cut with the teeth side of the blade facing up.

To cut off more hair, the scissors need to be held perpendicular to every section.

Slide Cutting

Slide cutting requires you to hold the scissors so that the right side of the blade leads the way, entering the hair first.

Tips for Using Blending and Texturizing Scissors

  1. Blending and texturizing scissors are not meant to be used on all parts of the head. Depending on the thickness of the hair and the client’s desired style, you’ll understand how much hair and where needs blending and texturizing.
  2. It’s very important not to overuse blending and texturizing scissors. Using the scissors too much at once or too many times in succession can create an outcome that looks choppy and unnatural. Go slow and check your progress after every section.
  3. While you can use blending and texturizing scissors on all types of hair, the best results are seen on thick hair. This is because the scissors provide balance to a hairstyle, which most people with thicker hair lack.
  4. Always use blending and texturizing scissors on dry and thoroughly brushed hair.
  5. Scissors with smaller teeth are best for softening blunt lines. The finer the teeth, the more blended the lines will be.

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