How to Hold Haircutting Scissors

The Basics:
How to Hold Your Scissors

Which Fingers Go Where

Very simply, your thumb and ring finger go in the holes. Use your index finger to steady the blades as you cut.

How to Hold Haircutting Scissors

Blade Angles

The angle of the scissor blade-surface in relation to how the hair is held is critical to the final result. We have all seen women with bouncy shoulder-length hair that stays effortlessly turned under no matter what they're doing. Undercutting creates that style, and the blade angle is the key.

There are four basic blade angles:


Blunt Angle

The scissor blades are held parallel to the surface of the floor. This angle is used when cutting against the skin, trimming ends, etc. You will see the "Blunt Angle" icon at appropriate places in the illustrations as a reminder of the correct scissor angle to use.

The Blunt Haircutting Blade Angle

Undercut Angle

The scissor blades are held at a 45ยบ angle so that the edge closest to your child's head is higher than the edge closest to you. This technique is used to create lines that turn under smoothly and easily. You will see the "Undercut Angle" icon at appropriate places in the illustrations as a reminder of the correct scissor angle to use.

The Undercut Haircutting Angle

Vertical Angle

The scissor blades are held at a right angle to the surface of the floor. This angle can be used to create dramatic wedge-type lines. You will see the "Vertical Angle" icon at appropriate places in the illustrations as a reminder of the correct scissor angle to use.

The Vertical Haircutting Angle

Diagonal Angle

The same as vertical but with the length of the scissors held at a diagonal. This is often used when layering short necklines. You will see the "Diagonal" icon at appropriate places in the illustrations as a reminder of the correct scissor angle to use.

The Diagonal Haircutting Angle