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Questions and answers about Dry Cutting and Dry Cutting Shears

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In 80's, Platform artists in Japan start cutting hair in dry environment because visually you can see actual length and texture. Then actual salon environment customers mentioned, stylists are pulling the hair....So in 80's our reseach and development team started to test all kinds of shears/scissors. We found longer one have less pulling sensation than shorter one. Fat blade is less pulling sensation than skinny blade. Also, set up a shear/scissor to push the hair so blade will slide through the hair.

Now all kind of Dry shears/scissors. Get Fat and thick blade now you can find from 5.0inch and if you are true dry cutter set up your blade to push the hair. 

When you set your blade this way you don't even have to do open and close motion when you cutting hair it just slide through...

Sounds like you are describing slide cutting, Slide cutting dry hair with a dry cut shear would be difficult for the stylists  and painful to the one getting the haircut. Am I miss understanding your description?

I personally do alot of dry cutting.......sometimes doing the haircut from the very beginning to end, totally dry after the hair has been properly prepared, and other times doing roughly 50% of the cut wet, to establish shape and form, then blow drying, and doing the other half of the haircut dry,..again,....after proper preparation, which is extremely important to the manner in which the shears "react" on the hair surface............That being said, I have a variety of sizes, ranging from 4 1/2 inches all the way up to my Sam Villa 7 inch monsters........

Since dry cutting takes on many different forms, vis a vis, slide cutting, thatch cutting, point cutting, slice cutting, etc., I will very often switch to as many as 3 different shears throughout the course of the haircut, based on what I am doing, what I am trying to achieve, am I working the interior or the base line, etc. ........I think that having at least several different size shears, of varying lengths and blade widths is the prudent thing to do that allows you to handle all of the circumstances that may pop up...

On that note, I will say this.......there are soooooo many people out there now who have a developed method and expertise in dry cutting which they are teaching......Mike Karg, Sahag Workshop, and many others......their methods vary and relative to that, they all reccomend either specific size shears, or, a variation of shear sizes...........The Sahag people generally use a smaller shear, 5 inches, but again, its relative to their particular method.......Mike Karg utilizes a very broad variation of shears....again, relative to HIS method.........

I look at it this way........Picasso painted differently than Van Gogh......Van Gogh painted differently than Monet......Monet painted differently than the end, they ALL painted, and in the end, they ALL made masterpieces.....who's to say that one painters method of creating is more viable than the other, if the means achieves the end.....

to Tony Dorso

I would love to cut and paste your reply to my blog about Hair Cutting shears, would you mind or would you like to do it yourself? It was educational and thought provoking


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