Combs are a direct extension of a hairstylist! Every comb has a specific purpose and when used effectively it can upgrade a hairstylist’s skills and better help them perform haircutting techniques. Sam Villa, co-founder and chief creative officer of Sam Villa, and global artistic ambassador for Redken, has shared three tips and tricks each hairstylist should consider when it comes to using their comb as a tool for success.
Pay attention to the teeth of the comb
If a comb has wider teeth it’s a great tool to use to help move through the hair easier. Wide tooth combs are also recommended when cutting curly hair, as this will help with creating a looser texture, making the hair easier to cut precisely. Fine-tooth combs provide high tension and are perfect for creating clean sections.
Consider the length of the spine
The spine of a comb can be used to help a hairstylist ensure the hair cutting will be spot on. Shorter combs are best on shorter hair because they get up close to the scalp for tapering around the ears and the neckline, while longer combs are designed for longer hair because they can handle larger sections.
Use the comb as a guide
Combs can be used as a guide to read the angle, elevation and cutting line. Use a black comb on lighter hair and a white on darker levels—the contrasting colours clearly define the cutting line and angle.
Master the Mechanics
Are you able to flip your comb from one side to the other? Being able to successfully switch from the fine-tooth end to the wide tooth end of the comb without putting down the comb itself will save time from putting tools down or switching from one hand to the other and also create more control. Practice makes perfect! Spend time learning how to use both hands on the job.