Fire-Over-Comb Barbering Technique? The "Singe" Cut

By Alison Alhamed | 03/15/2012 12:29:00 PM


A barber in Mokena, Illinois, uses an open flame with a comb in a technique he calls "The Singe Hair Cut." Ok, not to be entirely judgemental, but this is one of the strangest barbering techniques I've ever heard of. In an article posted on MokenaPatch, an online community covering Mokena, Illinois, Dina's Barber Shop groomer uses an open flame and a comb to cut the editor's hair—in a technique called the "Singe Hair Cut."

So, does the barber shop smell of products and Barbicide? Or burnt hair....

When we posted the story on our Facebook page—some fans gave us a little history lesson! Turns out this techique has been around for generations and is actually used more commonly as an alternative to shaving. Interesting.

After we posted the story on Facebook, MODERN fan Crystal Alvis Rivenbark shared her "candle cutting" videos with us. Check out one of her videos of the series below.

Dangerous and gimmicky? Or genius? We'll let you be the judge.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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Corie P-C    
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Quad Cities, IL  |  March, 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM

I am trained as a Barber, and Barber Instructor. I can say that this technique was not covered in my curriculum. I have heard of, and seen, other types of hair singeing techniques used for other types of styling. I just keep thinking that my liability insurance would skyrocket if I marketed this in my shop. Yikes!

Rosa Oliveira    
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Menlo Park Terr. N.J.  |  March, 16, 2012 at 08:13 AM

O.M.G.! I have Officially seen it all! I have seenso many techniques in my almost 30 yrs. in the industry, But, THIS TAKES THE CAKE!

Rosa Oliveira    
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Menlo Park Terr. N.J.  |  March, 16, 2012 at 08:13 AM

O.M.G.! I have Officially seen it all! I have seenso many techniques in my almost 30 yrs. in the industry, But, THIS TAKES THE CAKE!

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OKC, OK  |  March, 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM

We have someone who does this at our salon......IT SMELLS horiible! I am not for it! Smells and liability is HUGE!!!!!! What about the girls ends in this video? How does she trim those? lol

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Seattle, WA  |  March, 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM

I'd like to see what the candle hair looks like after. Seems gimmicky to me.

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California  |  March, 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM

Old school from the early 70's . Really does more damage than good hahahaha

Marjorie Meeker    
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Greenville Ca  |  March, 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This has been around for a long time I learn it in beauty school in the 70s. Its fun to see someone doing it. I certainly think you have to be very careful and pay attention to every word of advice she gives. I watch someone cut a head of hair with a broken beer bottle this seems tame compared to that.

Judith Ramirez    
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Chicago IL>  |  March, 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM

los videos son fantasticos y muy novedosos GRACIAS; THANK S

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Canada  |  March, 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM

wait...... if extreme heat from styling tools like curlers and straigheners ruin our hair over time and singe it, isnt this basically just doing all of this damage over the period of a few minutes rather than over the course of months......the frays, breakage, dry, dullness and split ends must be terrible after legitimately burning your hair.

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Pasadena, CA  |  March, 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM

This is weird but I guess I've seen similar to this when I was 16 my friend introduced me to burning the hair on my arms as an alternative to waxing. I don't clean it now because it's barely noticeable since it's a few and light color but when we were kids, we wanted to try everything we saw and when I tried burning the hair on my arms, it HURT! So, don't try this at

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