Poking an eye out is a surefire way to lose a client, and poking your own out can ruin your day! This is one of Philip’s most requested techniques. Here’s how you keep your shears away from the client’s face and your own, keeping them in a safe position for combing, then flip them back when your ready for cutting again.
Technique: keep the blade upright, releasing the thumb and using index finger to flip the shears and dropping onto your pinky. For the return, you can release the pinky to get the full gunslinger 360, or flip the pinky to go back the way you came. In fast motion, you can barely even see the shears move!
This session’s about what a lot of people have asked about, which is a very
optional technique, better just call the scissor flip.
We’re going to go over the flip here. This for me is a little bit more of
a comfort slash safety feature or technique. When combing the hair up, you
know, especially for all of you who like to use the longer shears, you
know, moving quick and all that stuff, you know, you’re in the salon, and
maybe, you know, you’re running a little bit late or whatever, and you’re
combing, combing away, this can potentially poke an eye out, yours or the
client’s, especially if you cut near the face, you know, doing bangs or
like some face framing layers.
I like to do what’s called a scissor flip. I know a lot of people have
been asking about it. What I do is I basically cut the hair, and I flip
the blade so that the blade is away. So no matter what, I could be combing
hair, nothing is going to poke me, the blade is well away from the client,
you’re not going to poke the client anywhere, and it’s just kind of out of
How I go about this is whatever, if I’m blunt cutting, if I’m point
cutting, I then release my thumb out, okay, so I’ll do this in real time,
this is how I do it, here, and just like that. Slow motion, basically what
I’m doing is I cut, and I release the thumb out, I use my index finger, I
give the scissor a little bit of a push, and then it naturally will fall
into my pinky. The shears up, release the thumb, let it drop into your
pinky. Just make sure that the pinky is out, because if not, you’re going
to go all the way around and potentially drop out, and we all know what
happens when you drop your shears, not a good thing, okay?
So again, to practice, have the blade upright, drop it into your pinky, and
then depending on the positioning, if you need to give a little push with
that index finger, that helps, just like that, here, boom.
But then the return, this is the important part too. So you’re going to go
back to cutting, and then you want to return it. So you can either flick
the wrist back to force the shear back up into position, like that, so it’d
be the opposite, just like that, or you can go all the way around this way,
which I would just release the pinky, and let it swing back up, that’s up
to you, either way, or you could do a full all the way around.
Okay, so with the scissor flip, it’s good way to keep the blade away from
yourself and the client. So after I’m done cutting, let’s say I’m doing
some point cutting, point cut it, flip the scissor away, and so then when
I’m combing, or I’m combing the next section, I’m not combing the section
and potentially poking myself, or when combing around the client’s face,
you know, having the blade so close to her face, I flip the scissor, and no
matter what I do, the blades are safely away from everybody, just like
that. I’ll show it to you in fast motion, real time.