Hand Scissoring: It’s what separates dog groomers from dog stylists

March 13, 2011

A good pet stylist might explain that being skilled in the art of hand scissoring is the main difference between a pet groomer and a pet stylist.

Continental Trim

"The Continental"

You might think this technique is only one used on show dogs. Of course, show dogs are hand scissored—you see it in a trim such as the Continental on a poodle—but a stylist doesn’t have to do show grooming to be able to use this technique. We use it all the time on the pets who come to our salon.

What is hand scissoring? It’s a grooming technique that brings balance to the pet. Rather than simply using clipper blades, hand scissoring is a way to finish the groom in such a way that the pet is simply going to look better. Just as you expect your hair stylist to bring  balance for the right style for you, that same technique is what we use in hand scissoring. We’ve had so many clients over the years who tell us they “can’t put their finger on it,” but their pet looks better after our finish work.

Schnauzer hand scissoringI once had a client tell me, “You know his front legs are actually crooked, but when you’re finished, they look straight!” That is a stylist duty—to make your pet look the best it can.

Even pets who prefer to be in a much shorter maintenance trim are finished in our salon with hand scissoring—we go over the body, feet, lets and of course, their cute face for the trim that fits your dog’s personality.

We must not forget that in order to do a hand scissor trim, the pet must be in excellent prep shape—bathed with the cleanest hair possible. The drying must also leave the coat straight and most importantly, free of mats. All these stages must be done correctly for that smooth hand-finished look. We’ve included some photos with this post so you can see some examples of the process of hand-scissoring and some finished styles.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
This entry was posted in blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Hand Scissoring: It’s what separates dog groomers from dog stylists

  1. sEgrwmOt says:

    I want to post quick hello and want to say appriciate for this good article. LrSd0ZsRt6t9qZ