How to Use Texturizing Shears

by Emily Retherford

Texturizing shears are used by many stylists for numerous things. Also often referred to as thinning shears or layering shears, they can be used to add volume, texture, layers and even to thin extremely thick hair. Using them to add texture to your hair isn't difficult, but you'll want to make sure you are doing it properly so that you don't end up with a hair cut that is too thin or has too many layers.

Items you will need

  • Texturizing shears
  • Regular hair shears
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Fine toothed
  • Towel

How to Use Texturizing Shears

Step 1

Wash hair thoroughly. While you are shampooing the hair, make sure to massage the head. That way you are removing any excess skin from the scalp. Once the hair is shampooed, condition it as you normally would condition your hair. Wrap the hair in towel and pat dry. Remove the excess moisture, but leave the hair wet.

Step 2

Comb all of the tangles from the hair using a fine toothed comb. Comb the hair straight down and make sure you are removing even the smallest tangles. Once all of the tangles are removed, use the comb to part the hair like it would normally parted in day-to-day styling.

Step 3

Decide how long the longest part of the hair should be. Once the length is decided on, use the regular trimming shears to cut straight across the bottom. Remember, since the hair is still wet, it will dry shorter. For this reason, you will want to cut about 1/3 inch lower than the length the hair needs to be when dry.

Step 4

Piece the hair in sections and grab the pieces in a diagonal angle. You don't want to grab an even section of hair, make sure you are grabbing the sections at an angle and holding them at a 90 to 95 degree angle. This way when the hair falls, it will fall forward, allowing you to easily see which sections have already been trimmed.

Step 5

Trim the section you are holding with the texturizing shears. To do this start in the middle of the section and trim moving the shears up as you cut. Moving the shears in an upward motion as you are cutting will give the hair the texture it needs without making it too thin. Make sure to stop cutting about 3 inches from the top of the head. Repeat this step until all of the trimming is complete.

Step 6

Comb hair straight down with the fine toothed comb. This will allow you to see if there are any stray hairs sticking out at odd angles. If they are, use the regular trimming shears to slightly trim that hair. This way it will lay correctly. Keep combing in a downward motion until you don't see any hair out place.

Tips

  • To make yourself comfortable with texturizing shears, practice using head forms before you actually cut someone's hair.

About the Author

Emily Retherford has been a full-time writer since 2009. She specializes in travel, parenting, fashion and beauty with work appearing on various online publications.