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Guest Lecturer: Ole Larsen, Yamamoto Scissors, Denmark

Topic: Ergonomic Hand Positions

Injuries from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that are related to using scissors, evolves from the haircutter applying thumb pressure, overextending and bending the wrist, again and again, in a unnatural way. The Butterfly Handle by Yamamoto Scissors is easily used in an ergonomic way. It is a sculpted design advancement of the eyeglass handle.

 

Acquiring this knowledge about ergonomics and then utilizing what the manufacturer recommends, you will achieve the best performance from your scissor. The reward will be the benefit of a healthier career and a better performing scissor.

 

When cutting, position your hands right in front of the chest, hands and fingers should be relaxed, and adjust your body alignment when necessary. Research suggest that these practices will be significant in avoiding wrist, neck, and shoulder complications.

 

I have provided some photographic examples of the four universally accepted, ergonomic scissor hand positions. There are three pictures of the Natural Grip, four of the Thumb Grip, five more of the Point Cut Grip, and finally two unique pictures of the Back Stroke Grip.

 

When you use these accepted ergonomic hand grips, adjust your tension setting, and maintain your scissors edge appropriately, you will achieve a more perfect haircut. Happy cutting.

Ole Larsen Ergonomics
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Butterfly Handle by Yamamoto Scissors

#1-1 Natural Grip

The natural grip is for blunt cutting at a 90 degree cutting angle to the hair. This position is mostly used for "scissor over comb"  and "palm to palm" cutting.  Note the thumb position, only tip of thumb should be used and the thumb should only be moving in a natural upward and downward motion.  

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#1-2 Natural Grip

Natural grip seen from the opposing side.  The Butterfly handle is carved out inside to make this position of the ring finger comfortable.  It has a flat 45 degree surface inside the ring so the handle will not apply pressure on the ring finger. Note the relaxed fingers, position of ring finger and the tip of the thumb. 

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#1-3 Natural Grip

The ability to adjust the angle and position of the blade is easy to achieve with the Butterfly handle.  This ability can only be realized when the thumb only slightly enters the ring, The fingers can micro-manage any detailed blade movements without moving the wrist.

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#2-1 Thumb Grip

The thumb grip is for using techniques such as when cutting a "bob" cut, or using a texturizer to cut into the hair on a bias, or varying angles.  Advantages of changing your hand position is not having to bend your wrist when diversifying your cutting technique.  This hand position keeps the wrist straight.  Having this advanced dexterity actually makes a swivel scissor obsolete. More Information.

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#2-2 Thumb Grip

The thumb grip seen from the opposing side.  Note the position of thumb and the fingers.  Both handles are carved inside the rings to make these positions very comfortable and ergonomic.  Also the wrist will still be straight in this position.

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#2-3 Thumb Grip

Cutting with a thinner or texturizer to create structure within the hair  might require holding the scissors differently.  Using this position keeps the wrist straight, the fingers comfortable, and ergonomic. Note that the thumb only slightly enters the ring, as this is the consistent theme in every ergonomic hand grip.

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#2-4 Thumb Grip

Adjusting the thumb grip hand position is the same as picture #2-1. Consistently keeping the wrist straight, the fingers comfortable, and ergonomic.  Acquiring these skills produces a more perfect cutting technique.

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#3-1 Point Cut Grip

This position is used for point cutting, chipping, and slicing.  Point and chip cutting the scissor is held at a 45-60 degree angle to the hair.  For slicing the scissor is held at a 30 degree angle to the hair. Note position of thumb, straight wrist, and relaxed fingers.

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#3-2 Point Cut Grip

This position is used for point cutting, chipping, and slicing.  Point and chip cutting the scissor is held at a 45-60 degree angle to the hair.  For slicing the scissor is held at a 30 degree angle to the hair. Note position of thumb, straight wrist, and relaxed fingers.

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#3-3 Point Cut Grip

Slice cutting the scissor is held at 30 degrees to the hair. Note the relaxed fingers, straight wrist, and the thumb barely touching the ring. Because the ring is carved inside to make this position very comfortable, ergonomic, and possible without using any pressure.

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#3-4 Point Cut Grip

A nice view of point cutting from the opposing side demonstrates the ease of adjusting the blade position. The relaxed fingers and the light touch of the thumb is visually obvious.

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#3-5 Point Cut Grip

Point cutting.  All the fingers and wrist is in a comfortable and ergonomic position. This keeps the wrist straight allowing freedom of movement to produce a more perfect cutting technique.

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#4-1 Back-Stroke Grip

Position #4 is actually like #3, but the hand is turned over to the to make "back-stroke" cutting easy.  This position is with a straight wrist, thumb slightly touching the ring, and slice cutting. The Back-Stroke Grip maintains the hand ergonomically when using unique cutting techniques.

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#4-2 Back-Stroke Grip

When cutting and not slicing while using the back-stroke grip, the thumb can slightly enter the ring. The straight position of the wrist is key to ergonomic control of the hair cutting experience. 

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