The Scissor Techniques Every Barber Should Know

Published 23rd Apr 2024 by Josie Jackson
Part of being a great barber is mastering your tools, whether it’s clippers, shavers or scissors. To help you level-up your skills, we had a chat with some talented educators to find out more about the scissor techniques that separate the good from the great.

Point Cutting

“Point cutting involves elevating your blade to a 45 degree angle before making small incisions in the cutting line, instead of just one big, straight cut,” explains Oliver Hill, co-owner and head of education at MaxOliver. Discussing the technique’s uses, he adds: “You would use this to create separation and texture on the ends of the hair.”


“Scissor-over-comb is often used on the back and sides of the hair to create a uniform length and shape,” explains Oliver. One of the most common scissor techniques used by barbers, it’s a great skill for cutting shorter hair, allowing you to create a defined shape.

Tapered Mesh Technique

“The purpose of this cutting technique is to create a natural looking, and feeling, section of hair,” explains Joe Cartmel. Most commonly used on wet hair, this can help a client maintain a style with ease, and can also increase the longevity of their cut.


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Razor Cutting Windmill Technique

Based on similar principles to the Tapered Mesh Technique, the Razor Cutting Windmill Technique also works to create a natural looking finish. Discussing its difference, Joe explains: “Rather than just cutting the internal structure of the section, you shave away the hair shaft, effectively thinning the hair.”

However, while possessing an understanding of these scissor techniques (and their best uses)­­ will benefit your work as a barber, it’s also important to make sure that your scissors fit you properly.

Now that you know the scissor techniques ever barber should know, why not check out the six short haircuts to know right now?

Lead image: Andrew Pleister
Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 23rd Apr 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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