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Scissors and Clippers-Over-Comb Part 1

Duration8 minutes
Skill levelBeginner
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Dale Ted Watkins presents part one of a two part lecture featuring scissors and clippers-over-comb techniques. Over-comb techniques are used in men’s and women’s cutting but are mainly associated with classic barbering.

Over-comb techniques can be used as a graduation method, to create a uniform layer or to produce a square shape. They are often used  to blend from very short areas into cut areas, for example a bald fade. Used when the hair is too short to be held in the fingers, over-comb techniques are a methodical sequence with the scissors or clippers and comb used continuously.

This video also features contributions from Stelios Chondros and Chris Foster.

Technical skills

  • Clipper Attachments
  • Clipper Cutting
  • Clippers-Over-Comb
  • Fade
  • Fading
  • Finger Position
  • Graduation
  • Layering
  • Scissors
  • Scissors-Over-Comb
  • Uniform Layer


Model: Various
Make-Up Artist: Melissa Bourne
Photographer: Ross Kirton

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