How to Thin Hair With Thinning Scissors: DIY Hair Thinning at Home

Dawn's Life, over 40
by Dawn's Life, over 40
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Do you have a little volume that makes your hair way too robust? Perhaps you simply have thick luscious locks that are in dire need of some shape and style. Whatever the reason, I’m going to show you how to thin hair with thinning scissors.

It’s the perfect solution to jazz up your hair and create some shape and style. So, if you’re wondering how to thin out hair safely, then keep on scrolling to find out!

Tools and materials:

  • Thinning scissors
  • Clips
  • Brush
Sectioning hair with clips

1. Section your hair

Section your hair and clip the rest in place. Typically, the middle section is where most hair thinning takes place as it simply reduces the bulk from underneath. However, sometimes thinning your hair on the top section will also do the trick if you have super thick hair. 

How to thin out hair

2. Start thinning

Now, it’s important to note that when you use these thinning shears, it’s best to place the hair in the middle of the scissors, as shown. 

How to use hair thinning shears

Next, place a section of your hair in the middle of the scissors. Start from around halfway through your hair. 

Tip: Use the bulkier sections of your hair that need thinning, not the ones that don’t. 

Cutting your own hair with thinning scissors

Then, simply snip the bulkier sections. Snip the scissors halfway and not all the way through. 

How to use thinning scissors on your hair

Then, remove the hair with your fingers. 

Clipping the thinned section of hair

Clip the section of hair that you just thinned so that you don’t get confused and thin it again. 

How to thin hair tutorial

Repeat the process on other sections of your hair (where needed). 

How to thin out hair with thinning shears

After I was done with the midsection of my hair, I noticed some top sections that were a bit bulky. If this is the same for you, simply follow the same process. 

How to thin hair with thinning scissors

Thinned hair from the back

How to thin hair with thinning scissors tutorial

That’s the process! Easy and fun! Remember to take your time with it and not thin out too much. It’s not only knowing how to thin out hair but also knowing where! Thanks for joining me, and I hope you learned a thing or two on how to thin hair with thinning scissors. 

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Thinning scissors
  • Clips
  • Brush

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  • Ruthann Nissly Martinez Ruthann Nissly Martinez on May 16, 2022

    One time I was thinning my hair with what I thought were my thinning sears, but they were my regular scissors 🤦‍♀️ That was like 20 years ago & my hair dresser is still telling this story to her clients 😹