Why Do My Sharp Scissors Snag on the Hair When I Slide Cut?


We define slide cutting as cutting with the blades in the open position, like a "V". Instead of opening and closing the blades, or cutting with the edge, you drag them down or through the hair.

Many stylists use this technique, however, it requires a  high level of skill and the proper cutting angle is critical!

Slide cutting with sharp scissors will snag and pull the hair if you do not use the proper angle or move too quickly through the hair. Improper slide cutting will not only damage the hair, but can also cause premature dulling of your scissors, and possibly result in "frizzy" hair.

Damaged hair structure


When slide cutting at the improper angle with a dull scissor, the hair will often slide off of the blades. If the scissor's are sharp, like Hikari scissors and other high end brands, you will feel the scissor tug or snag the hair. Because cheap  or dull scissors do not snag the hair, many stylists think their cheaper scissors slide cut better than their more expensive sharp scissors. In reality, they are slide cutting at the wrong angle or moving too quickly through the hair.

This tugging and snagging is very uncomfortable for the customer and is damaging to their hair.  In the picture to the left, you can see white flakes, or a dust like substance as a result of slide cutting at an incorrect angle.
This will shred the hair cuticle and cause damage to the hair structure.

Cutting at the incorrect angle on either dry or wet hair will split the hairshaft. Although, slide cutting on wet hair is more efficient than slide cutting on dry hair, neither are recommended due to the difficulty of using the proper angle and speed.

What are some alternatives to slide cutting?

Using a texturizer, like the Hikari Trendy 741 will help to create a razor-like finish without damaging the hair. It is great for blending, sculpting and shaping the hair and will not leave a line of demarcation. Other options for lightweight removal are the Angel 776 and 772. They are similar to the Trendy but even sharper, smoother and more powerful! Both the Angel 776 and 772 are designed with unique precision cutting teeth that allow you to pull through the hair in the closed position. All of these tools are great alternatives for creating a beautiful soft taper, or razor-like finish with no damage!!!

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