Machine or Scissors? What’s Best For Your Haircut?
The difference in finishing can define a masculine haircut, make it more modern or classic, relaxed or serious. One of the elements that weighs heavily when the barber does his job is the tool used to cut the threads and sometimes men are in doubt whether the chosen one is really the ideal one.
Machine X Scissors
We’re talking about the scissors and the machine, of course, these are the two items that most mark the style when cutting, although some professionals even use the razor to achieve the desired effect. A lot of people ask me which of the two I prefer, and even more people ask me for advice on which to choose the next time I walk into the barbershop. It’s not uncommon to receive photos to illustrate the reader’s hair type and the cut he craves, but I’ll make it clear: you’re asking the wrong guy, although I don’t refuse to give my tidbits, your barber is the fittest person to opine.
What influences the choice and who decides?
Factors such as your hair type, the cut and even the product used for finishing and styling can (and will) influence, however, it is still the barber who will have the final say.
Example 1: you use a product that makes the strands well balanced, so a cut with scissors is possible, as slightly longer strands will not create as much volume.
Example 2: you want to elongate your face, so it is necessary to remove almost all the lateral volume, for that the machine may be the best choice.
Some cuts were created to be made with the machine, with the undercut type, but I still see a lot of professionals doing their work 100% with scissors in some cases where the application of the trimmer is optional, obtaining an admirable result.
Another factor to take into account is the familiarity that each barber has with the instruments available to perform the work and the haircut styles, which is why some salons ask you first what type of haircut you want, then recommend the barber more skillful to execute the chosen style.
In my opinion the biggest differences are:
Machine – the cut is more radical, with the shape and design of the hair being well defined, generating very modern results. Extremely short hairs seem to take longer to grow, on the other hand, the design is lost quickly, requiring a new cut in three or four weeks in most cases.
Scissors – the cut is more organic and natural, the nuances between the parts that make up the cut (top, sides, fringe, etc.) are more difficult to notice. Hair doesn’t get too short, but scissors cut types usually don’t lose their design as quickly.
I’ve cut using both instruments and I don’t think there’s any better or worse, sometimes it’s nice to change the style a little and give the cut a different finish than usual, as long as it’s versatile enough to be done with one or the other.
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