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Upper Hand Control

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Upper Hand Control
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Finding the "Sweet Balance Point" on your scissors.


Scissors are designed to be used in a consistent method that allows the thumb to control all the blade movement while you are cutting.


  • The fingers relax on the handle.

  • Only the small finger pushes downward slightly on the finger rest.

  • This pushes the handle softly upward to meet your relaxed fingers. 

  • The scissors balance is evenly distributed across all your fingers.

  • The upper hand controls the scissors balance, freeing the thumb to easily open and close the blades without any pressure on the scissors or your hand.


This method also keeps the finger ring blade from bouncing and in a stable position.

Your small finger allows you to balance the scissors when it is pressed down lightly on the finger rest. Without a finger rest the scissor weight is automatically shifted to the thumb and that is nothing but trouble. See Thumb Pressure

  • Hold your scissor without your thumb touching it. Find the "sweet balance point" with just your fingers holding the scissor.

  • You will start to feel comfortable and in control.  Remember; no thumb touching the scissor.

  • When practicing anything that is new, it is not hard; it is only different. Rehearse this method for 10 seconds a few times and your hand will feel more relaxed.

  • Place as little thumb inside the thumb ring hole as possible. There should not be any scissor weight on your thumb. 

  • When you open and close the blades, you'll notice how smooth and effortless this action is.

  • Each time you pick up your scissors finding the "sweet balance point" should be a natural impulse, your thumb never touching your scissors until you are cutting hair.

Hand holding scissors with proper upper hand control.

Scissors Upper Hand Control Video

See scissors holding technique  for acquiring a relaxed hand while hair cutting. Hear the reasons why this make sense.


Monologues can be called opinion; in this case it is based on decades of experience.


Creatively everyone is unique, however without consistent standards for handling scissors, duplicating cutting techniques and expecting the identical precise results would be impossible.  Relaxed upper hand control is only feasible when consistently using proper tension settings and adhering to prescribed maintenance. This is the only measurable standard that can guarantee that your creativity and your technical skill sets are self-fulfilling. All aspects of any precise cutting technique depend on following Basic Career Disciplines on handling scissors.


When discussing Basic Career Disciplines you can often hear objections such as, "this is my cutting style, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I learned this at an advanced academy, or  have you seen my work", these beliefs are simply confusing individual habits without consideration to the efficient and precise scissor handling methods that are recommended by the scissor designing engineers.


Scissors function with identical mechanics and physics no matter who made them. However, there are some companies that produce scissors at a much higher level of manufactured performance, and that means that they are more precise.  Checking the adjustment daily, holding without stress, and having the proper edge, then all scissors will cut to its individual manufactured performance level. This elevated level of precision is determined at the manufacturer, the ability to deliver this accuracy is decided by the hair cutter.  Why is that?


Take any one of the required disciplines away from the equation and a finished hair cut might not materialize as you expected, because scissors are mechanical, they require a disciplined user.  Many malfunctions from an excellent performing scissor are erroneously directed to the product or the service provider. The purpose of this web site is to bring some commonality to the quality of information coming from the manufacturer, distributers, and to the end user of scissors.

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