How to use Swivel Shears by Sam Villa

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/20/2013 11:37:00 AM


Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, shows you in this video the ergonomically correct way to cut in any position with wrists straight, hands open and elbows down.

"Converting to a swivel shear, there is a transition period, doing the 5 Positions Exercise ensures that the transition is swift and graceful,” explains Villa. "With traditional shears, there is a lot of twisting and turning to line shears up properly to obtain the right angle to see and cut hair. This is especially when cutting the bottom hairline, layers on top, fringe and around the ear." For more information on the Sam Villa brand, visit

Watch Villa's 5 Positions Exercise.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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