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    How many people use straight scissors and how many use curved? I love curved. I use them upside down to trim straight lines and the curved side for topknots, legs, rosettes and tail poms.

  • #2
    I use both, they each have a purpose. And depends on how bad my hands hurt if I change them out or not lol

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    • #3
      I use both ... 7" straights to get my side angles of the top knot, then curves to round out the top knot and I leave coat down the neck (so the poodle doesn't look like they have a cap on) and even the neck hair with my long straights (8-1/2", I think). I really love my long straights. I use them even on the front legs of the smaller breeds .. a few cuts down the length of the leg and voila!

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      • #4
        I almost only used curved scissors.

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        • #5
          I love my big 10 inch

          curves and straights that is.........oh you guys have such dirty minds! lol

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          • #6
            I used mostly curved. Like Chris, I turn them over to make the straight lines. Occassionally I'll pick up my straights though, especially on standards.

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            • #7
              Poodle help

              ok guys the only poodles I have really done are shave downs. At school I had to do poodle with clean face/feet.

              If I have to do a poodle on sunday for my practical test I am a bit nervous so any assistance or tips would be so appreciated. I also have to do a pompom tail and have never done that so please advise any tips you can possibly give me...........

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              • #8
                Straights only

                Love doing good trims on Poodles, and learned long ago with straights. I curve my wrist and always feel that I know exactly where the cut is being cut. Nice that we can choose.
                Money will buy you a pretty good dog but it won't buy the wag of it's tail.

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                • #9
                  Pekesapoomom:

                  I like to pull all of the tail hair away trom the body and then twist the hair rather tightly. Cut the hair straight across about 1 to 1/2 inch above tipof tail.

                  Note sometimes I trim right across the top of the tail tip..

                  Shake out the tail and it should have a decent shape. Just neaten up the shape.

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                  • #10
                    I love to use very long, very straight shears. I've never felt really good about the curves....hmmm it's been a long time, maybe I should give them another try.

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                    • #11
                      I love curved shears. I used to do the twist and snip on the tail, but I kept getting christmas trees. So now I hold a tiny piece of hair and get the tail to stand up as naturally as possible. Then I comb hair all out in a circle and scissor a circle. then I trim all hair hanging over my clipper line. then I trim the front side of the tail the same way. Usually makes a very round tail.

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                      • #12
                        I find I use my curved more than anything, but when doing a Standard I can definately set good lines with my 8 straight! Curved work out well for top knots and TB feet. The groomer I work with has never used curves...couldn't imagine that!!

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                        • #13
                          10" straights on the front legs, 8.5" curves on the rest of the dog. I would DIE doing a poodle without my curved shears. I commend those of you who can do a topknot with straight shears, lol.

                          Tammy in Utah
                          Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                          • #14
                            Straight and curved

                            straight: for legs, body(back sides) topknot
                            Curved: topknot (rounding it) tail, butt (if it needs rounding)

                            I LOVE TO SCISSOR POODLES! actually i just love the breed, they are so nice and the ones i groom are among the more cooperative dogs.

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                            • #15
                              I love to scissor poodles. I use my straights for everything. I don't even have a pair of curved. My boss has a pair that I tried once, but since I have rarely used them, I just put them away, and pulled back out my straights, lol.
                              Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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