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Sculpting Scissors
Thinning - Blending - Texture

Sculpting scissors are a primary hair cutting tool equal to anything else you use with your cutting technique. In the past their perception was minimized, however, now that has been transformed into an amazing collection of specialty scissors encouraging creativity that is inspiring to everyone that touches them.

Previous associations of myth, misinterpretation of purpose, and a dread of undesired results can now be re-imagined. You already know how to cut hair, using your routine daily skills with a different scissor produces a unique difference that cannot be produced with your regular scissors.

Rinse that dust off your mannequin, release your infused talent by using every imaginable technique with any specialty scissor. See one, do one, teach one.

Believe me, in ten minutes you will be an expert, you only have to try it.

To create a common purpose the new softer name "Sculpting Scissors," was interjected. That common purpose being, when you sculpt hair versus cutting it shorter, you can opt to create lift, produce soft or hard separations, naturalize movement, redefine shape, soften unwanted hard lines, and renew hidden activity that offers any hairstyle a new appearance.

 

Each stylist seems to have their own individual terminology and distinctive purpose for these tools. The standards for having a conversation are at best confusing..

 

It's a creative industry and that's what happens when technical percentages of hair removal, such as 12%, 22%, or 37%, etc, are used to promote these tools. Consider this, your cutting scissors remove 100% of hair every time you close them, specialty scissors on average leave about 70% of the hair uncut, only 30% or less landing on the floor.

Choose sculpting scissors for the finished affect that you wish to achieve. For the sake of making a point, lets say that all sculpting scissors take out the same volume of hair, but remove it uniquely different with each different tooth pattern.  Focus on the affect of the blade on the finished style versus the mount of hair landing on the floor.

 

Wide teeth remove a wide piece of hair and small teeth do the opposite. The spaces between the teeth leave the hair. Select according to the customers needs. Remember, elevation and over direction of the hair determines how soft or hard the cut line will be. Basic stuff, right.

 

Hairdressing Icons Irving & Rita Rusk, created soft or hard styles with a five tooth texture scissors that started the texture rage. Now we have 100's of specialty scissors to select from.

When you go where others dare not, it separates you from the competition.

Become Familiar With a Few Classic to Exotic Sculpting Scissors.
This statement applies to all Sculpting Scissors.
Adding or decreasing the length of the blade with the same configuration of teeth still removes the same amount of hair. So a 5.5" and longer blade with an identical tooth setup will remove an equal volume of hair as does the 6.0" blade, it only has a changed the reach of the blade.

Sculpting / Thinning 45 Teeth

Best for extreme softness, close cutting or fading. Small teeth that are very close together. Popular for barbering techniques and smoothing very fine lines. Not advised for attempting to create hair lift, hence the name thinning scissors. This model has 45 arc teeth on a 6.0" blade.  Blades with forty teeth or more would be considered thinning scissors

Sculpting / Blending 35 Teeth Double Comb

Excellent results for achieving softness with a no lines finish. The double combs has a real smooth contact on the hair and easily slide out of hair sections. This model has 35 arc teeth on front and back blades that align perfectly to match to cut. Pay close attention to the proper tension setting and do not force flex the blades with horizontal thumb pressure. Positioned right between the thinner and blending scissors, makes for a great universal sculpting tool. There are multiple tooth patterns available for the double comb blade that can be thinning, blending, or texture models. Blades with 25 to 35 teeth would be considered blending scissors.

Sculpting / Blending 35 Varied Teeth

This model has 30 alternating smaller and medium width arc teeth on the blade that creates a unique soft fringed line. Quite popular because of its ability to have a no lines affect, and as similar to a razor finish without using a one. Positioned right between the thinner and blender, phenomenal for all types of sculpting techniques, often classified as a mild texture scissor.  Blades with 25 to 35 teeth would be considered blending scissors.

 
 
 

Sculpting / Blending 30 Teeth

Second most important scissors in your collect. This model has 30 arc teeth on a 6.0" blade. Best for moderate softness, not as popular for close cutting as the thinner. Most popular with hairdressers as it is adequate for limited barbering and is good to create hair lift without seeing separations like you would with texture scissors. Stylist with a substantial male clientele should consider having thinning scissors as well. Blenders are not a suitable substitute for true thinning scissors.  Blades with 25 to 35 teeth  would be considered blending scissors.

Sculpting / Texture 22 Teeth

This model has 22 arc teeth on a 6.0" blade which makes it a gentle texture very close to a blender. The difference being that it has a similar tooth size with wider spaces between them. Effectively delivering slight feathery separations without removing much hair. Great for creating hair lift with separations and a controlled sculpting out of excess bulk. Not a quality substitute for a real blender.  Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors.

Sculpting / Texture 14 Teeth Narrow

This model has 14 arced medium width teeth with wide spaces separating them. A mild texture effect that can be used on at least 80% of your clients. Nice feathery separation, great for hair lift, and gentle bulk removing. If you want an introduction to texture scissors, this is the must have tool in any collection.  Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors

 
 
 

Sculpting / Texture 14 Teeth Wide

For stylist that enjoy texture this one is a real winner. Doing full head sculpted hair cutting is made easy because of the 14 wide teeth with medium separations. Plus with the teeth on the back blade gives a cutting view similar to working a razor. This site advantage allows great freehand sculpting. The tear drop shape between the teeth lets the cut hair easily fall free. Don't let the wide teeth fool you, the finish cut is much softer than you might expect. The tooth design does not remove an excess amount of hair. There are also multiple variations of this unique tooth pattern, each having its own personal effect. Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors.

Sculpting / Texture 19 Teeth Varied & Razor

Exotic - Yes. Complex, not really.  A texture hair cutting dream come true with this all in one tool. There are no limits for sculpting, point detailing, and razor work. To use the razor just palm it as with any other scissor and you are ready to go. The folks that own one of these knew how to use it immediately, it's a free spirited frame of mind. The picture is a view of the back side of the scissor to expose what the teeth look like. The teeth are on the back blade.  Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors.

Sculpting / Texture 9 Teeth

Removing wide areas and leaving wide sections of hair is wonderful for actually seeing immediate results on dense or heavy hair. Achieve softer texture by using various point cutting techniques, elevation, and over direction. Wide tooth texture scissors have been a top choice for decades. One of the few tooth designs that work well curly hair.  Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors.

Sculpting / Texture 5 Teeth

Hairdressing Icons Irving & Rita Rusk created soft or hard styles with a five tooth texture scissors that started the texture scissors rage.

Removing wide areas and leaving wide sections of hair is wonderful for actually seeing your results on dense or heavy hair. Achieve softer texture by using various point cutting techniques, elevation, and over direction. Wide tooth texture scissors have been a top choice for decades. One of the few tooth designs that work well curly hair.  Blades with 5 to 22 teeth would be considered texture scissors.

 
 
 
 

Sculpting / Texture 3 Blades

Triple stacked cutting scissors are for any stylist that specializes in point texturing techniques, it speeds up the process, and has a unique one of a kind finish. This particular model is easy to disassemble for general maintenance, a real winner for quality. Do one quick practice cut on a mannequin and you'll be ready to go.

Picture from Washi Scissors

Sculpting / Texture Soft Cut 20 Teeth

Double stacked scissors with a front cutting blade and a 20 tooth texture  back blade. Results are a clean fringed edge that is soft in appearance especially with coarse, heavy or dense hair. Popular for decades in point cutting, tapering, layers, and on one length designing. This particular model is easy to disassemble for general maintenance, a real winner for quality. Do one quick practice cut on a mannequin and you'll be ready to go.

 

Picture from Washi Scissors

Sculpting / Texture Soft Cut 20 & 24 Teeth

Double stacked scissors with a front 20 tooth texture blade and a 24 tooth texture back blade. Because the blades are separated by 3/8" and the teeth being staggered  allows you to achieve a one of a kind softness. Results are a clean fringe that is soft in appearance especially with coarse, heavy or dense hair. Popular for decades in point cutting, tapering, layers, and on one length designing. This particular model is easy to disassemble for general maintenance, a real winner for quality. Do one quick practice cut on a mannequin and you'll be ready to go.

Picture from Washi Scissors