Point Cutting

There are many techniques that can be used to make the difference between a humdrum haircut and a precise, interesting one. One of these is point cutting, which is a technique used to texturise hair. Point cutting is used to remove bulk from the hair’s ends, allowing layers or graduation built into the haircut to blend together more seamlessly. It creates movement in the hair and can be used for both men and women’s styling. If your haircut isn’t sitting right, point cutting can be used to guide the hair into the right shape and style. This technique can be used on wet or dry hair, as well as hair of a variety of different textures. The hair’s thickness and texture will help determine whether point cutting is performed on wet or dry hair. The end effect can be quite subtle or dramatic, depending on the amount of hair that is removed.

Take a look at our Lead Educator Bryony sharing her point cutting tips.

How to Use the Point Cutting Technique

The point cutting technique is used on sections of hair, which are combed straight out from the head. The hair should be held approximately six centimetres from the ends in your fingers, so that the hair sticks out vertically. If you hold the hair too close to the ends, you won’t have enough to work with. However, if you hold it too far from the ends, it could fall over and be too difficult to texturize. With hair held in one hand, you’ll then position the scissors, shears, or clippers in a perpendicular position to your fingers, making them parallel with the section of hair.

It’s important to remember that the aim of point cutting is not to remove length, but to texturize the ends of the hair. As a result, as you open and close the scissors into the hair, you may not see a great deal of hair removed. More hair can be removed with each cut if you position the scissors at a slight angle to the hair. By angling the scissors more severely, you can control the amount of hair that is taken out with each point cut. This technique can then be repeated with each section of hair around the head, until the appropriate level of texture and length is desired. Point cutting can be more time-consuming than other techniques, because you’re working with small sections and using very subtle cuts.

Point Cutting Tips

  • Patience is paramount to successfully using the point cutting technique. Although it’s tempting to angle the scissors immediately to remove more hair at the same time, going slowly and using a slight angle will lead to hair that lays better.
  • Point cutting should also be conducted with care in terms of the depth of the scissors. If the scissors are parallel to the vertical section of hair, if you place the scissors too deeply into the section you run the risk of cutting yourself. Approach this technique with a steady hand and some degree of caution.
  • Professional cutting shears, razors, or clippers can be used for point cutting. If you choose shears, these should have long blades for greater impact.


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