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How To Cut A Suedehead / Scissor Over Comb Tutorial

With Dale Ted Watkins
Duration15 minutes
Skill levelIntermediate


Dale Ted Watkins' men's haircut is a progression from Dale's previous two haircuts on Curtis. Dale utilises the shape in the sides from the short back and sides look. He works a scissors-over comb crop throughout the top, working with the head shape and scissors-over-comb against the grain of the hair growth. Dale's scissor movement runs parallel to the comb and the blades are worked with quick wide motions throughout these panels to establish a guide for the rest of the top area.

Dale connects the side areas with the top, placing his comb parallel to the head. This internal curve, following the head shape, gets progressively longer over the parietal ridge and then rounds into the guide in the top panels, also working over the crown area. The key is to work against the grain of the hair growth for an even shape to achieve a classic Suedehead; essentially a long crop - formal, cool and edgy with overtones of 1970s UK popular culture.

Members can also download our step by step guide to this suedehead/scissor over comb haircut.

Technical skills

  • Barbering
  • Blow drying
  • Body position
  • Club cutting
  • Comb techniques
  • Finger position
  • Freehand
  • Razoring
  • Scissors-over-comb


Contributor: Dale Ted Watkins
Model: Curtis
Make-Up Artist: Melissa Bourne
Photographer: Jamie Harrison

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