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The Men's Hairstylist vs. The Barber and the Scissor-Over-Comb Technique

Lauren Salapatek | March 25, 2017 | 8:09 PM
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Is there a difference on how a cosmetologist and a barber work on men’s hair? You bet there is! Here, Esquire Grooming’s Tommy Tusa explains the difference between the two professions and how they approach the scissor-over-comb technique.

Tusa's thoughts:

“Barbering is patience. You really want to go fast? Slow down…someone who is going really fast doesn’t really impress me. When I see someone who works really deliberately and is very focused, and knows what they’re doing, that impresses me."

“Barbering is very much like sculpting. That’s why I like to do a lot of scissor-over-comb work. It’s not so clipper heavy-handed or attachment depending.”

“A cosmetologist is going to make a much, much, easier transition to barbering than what I’ve seen from the new barbers getting into cosmetology.”

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