Ergonomic cutting with Sakura scissors

Sakura hairdressing scissors are designed to make your work more fun and enjoyable. That is why Sakura combines elegance with ergonomics. Our scissors have the perfect angle, an ideal weight balance, a long useful life and offer enormous ease of use. However, it is important that the scissors are handled correctly. Practice shows that a small adjustment in your technique can make a big difference in the ease of use and the load on your body. And that is relevant, because about 70% of hairdressers suffer from neck and shoulder problems. These complaints are caused by the elbows being lifted day in and day out. This leads to tension in the neck and shoulders. We recommend internal cutting, also called the palm-to-palm method. With this cutting technique your elbows are low and the shoulders at rest; a healthy and pleasant working attitude.

With the instructional videos on this page, we want to make you aware of the many advantages of the underhand cutting technique. The tips and explanations will help you to handle your scissors ergonomically, so that you experience more fun in the hairdressing profession!

Scissors handling

Applying the correct techniques when handling your scissors is not only important for the cutting result, but also for a good working posture and thus your enjoyment of the profession. Many hairdressers suffer from neck and shoulder complaints. We experience that small adjustments to your scissor handling can make a big difference.

Trim inside

Shears recommends inside cutting. With this method, your elbows and shoulders are low and you can easily move the scissors from your hand. There is no tension on the neck and shoulders.

Use of thumb

Do not put your thumb too far into the thumb eye of the scissors. The scissors can then be moved more flexibly from your hand. This prevents extra strain on your neck and shoulders.

Trim over and underhand

About 70% of all hairdressers have neck and shoulder complaints. These are caused by the elbows being lifted day in and day out with the overhand cutting technique, which creates tension in the shoulders. The bent position of the wrist is also far from ideal for the overhand cutting technique.

With the insidehand cutting technique you cut towards yourself. The elbows are low and the wrist is straight. A pleasant working position that does not burden your body.

Various scissors positions

The video below shows an alternative method. The shoulders are at rest, but the lower blade of the scissors is not stable. As a result, you cut less precisely. This method can also be used for slicing.

Functional and show turn

To ensure that the scissors do not get in the way, while the comb is turning the scissors regularly during a haircut. If you turn the scissors away from the back, the scissors are well stored. If you do not turn the scissors away, the scissors may remain open and hairs can get caught in the scissors.

Left-handed cutting with right-handed scissors

We sell two types of left-handed hairdressing scissors. Traditional left-handed scissors and left-handed scissors for hairdressers who are used to right-handed scissors. Why? In hairdressing training all students start with right-handed scissors.

A left-handed hairdresser cutting with right-handed scissors gives a natural pressure on the scissors, causing the blades to open. To prevent this, the hairdresser, often unconsciously, pulls the scissors with his thumb. As soon as a left-handed hairdresser has been in the business for several years, a conscious choice is often made for left-handed scissors. However, this switch is bigger than it looks! When using left-handed scissors, pulling the scissors (unconsciously) ensures that the blades open correctly and the hair doubles during cutting.

This "pulling" on the scissors often proves difficult to unlearn. Therefore, for a left-handed hairdresser who is used to right-handed scissors, we have developed left-handed scissors with the blades of right-handed scissors. As a hairdresser, you can continue to follow the learned scissors handling and you also enjoy the ergonomic advantages of left-handed scissors. In addition, we also have the traditional left-handed hairdressing scissors.

Straight scissors vs. ergonomic scissors

The difference between an ergonomic and a straight, non-ergonomic scissors is noticeable in the load on your body. When using non-ergonomic scissors in a horizontal position, your elbows will automatically lift and strain your neck and shoulders. Ergonomic scissors, on the other hand, can be handled in a horizontal position with low elbows and relaxed shoulders thanks to the offset. Your body is not burdened.

Did you know that ergonomic scissors do not give you a physical advantage if you use the overhand cutting technique? Ergonomic scissors do have an effect when you cut on the inside or according to the palm-to-palm method.

Swivel scissors

Swivel scissors have rotating handles. This allows you to make all kinds of turning movements from your hand. However, our philosophy is that it is especially important to you as a hairdresser that you are aware of your posture and scissors handling. We are convinced that you do not need swivel scissors, provided you cut inside your hands and do not put your thumb too far into the thumb eye. Do you have difficulty with this? Then in our opinion the 3D scissors are a better alternative.

3D scissors

3D scissors have a rotating thumb eye. These scissors are ideal for hairdressers who are used to cutting with their thumb far into the thumb eye. Due to the rotating thumb eye, the scissors move with your hand and your body is less stressed.

Folding hair

Right-handed scissors can be recognized by the top that opens upwards. With left-handed scissors, the top opens downwards. Using the correct scissors is important to avoid double-hitting hair. If you are using standard left-handed right-handed scissors, you are applying natural pressure to the scissors, causing the blades to open. This results in folding hair. The same happens if you use left-handed scissors as standard right-handed.

See also the theme "Left-handed cutting with right-handed scissors".


There are two different types of right-handed thinning scissors. For the European way of cutting, the blade is placed with the teeth up. The other type of coupe scissors are suitable for the Japanese way of cutting and have the blade with the teeth down.

The application of thinning scissors requires careful attention. If you cut with the European coupe scissors as standard, the hair glides effortlessly over the convex side of the cutting blade. Using the same cutting technique with Japanese thinning scissors, pull the hair against the concave part of the blade and strip the hair. The latter also happens when you turn the European coupe scissors.