A Guide to Using Thinning Shears

If you deal with your clients' hair every day, then you probably have heard about thinning shears, which you can use to create layers. You might already know how to use them, but this article will tell you how you can properly handle this type of scissors.

Do Not Use Them on Clients with Already Thin Hair

This is usually a no-brainer. But we are mentioning it anyway. Thinning shears are typically used for curly and thick hair types and not for thin hair. This type of scissors can add texture to the hair. Plus, it can easily make the layers look like they are well-blended.

If your client requests for thinner hair and the hairstyle that they prefer has lots of layers, then you can use thinning shears for that. However, you must let your clients know about the outcome and that you will be using this type of scissors on their hair.

Avoid Using Them on Wet Hair

Before using thinning shears on your client's hair, you have to blow-dry their hair. Thinning shears are not supposed to be used on wet hair, as hair that's just been washed is a lot more prone to breakage and damage. You will have to gently pull on your client's hair when cutting it, and the shears can cause damage to the hair and even cause split ends if not used the right way.

Brush the Hair

It is a must to brush the client's hair before actually proceeding to it. Whether you are dealing with curly or straight hair, you have to brush it first so that you will know which sections you need to cut first.

However, some curly-haired clients do not like having their hair brushed. If this is the case, let them know that this is just temporary and that you will wash their hair after the cut and style it the way they want it to be styled.

Cutting hair

Section the Hair

Never cut your client's hair all at once, as this will most likely give you a crooked output. Always try to section thin parts of the hair and work on each section for a couple of minutes. Start by thinning minimal units of the hair, and once you're all done, have a final look and see if you want to thin some parts out further.

Again, you want to work section by section so that you will not make any mistake. You should remember that it's better to work on it little by little than make mistakes that might anger your client.

With all that said, you should always treat your client's hair as if it's your own. Always do an interview first and see what type of hairstyle they like. If they have an inspiration or peg for it, then ask to see a picture so that you have a basis of what look they prefer. If you need more information, you can find other reliable sources online. Be sure to practice a lot if you want to be better at hairstyling.

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