It’s A Decision Worth Splitting Hairs Over. Every hero needs a sidekick. And, as a hairdresser, your trusty sidekick is your shears. They defend against injury, protect damaged hair, and bring your vision to life. So not just any old pair will do.
But there are tons of different shears on the market. And we feel ya! It can be pretty overwhelming to figure out which ones to keep by your side. Luckily, we’re here to save the day. Here’s some pointers to keep in mind when you’re choosing your perfect pair.
First things first. Different haircutting shears are used for different techniques, hair types, and styles. Many professionals rely on at least four pairs of scissors, while some boast a toolbox that rivals that of a seasoned carpenter.
Here are some of the basic types of scissors you’ll want in your kit:
While shears vary in size, shape, and purpose, there are three major factors to consider when you’re choosing any pair of shears: comfort, control, and quality.
It’s not uncommon for professional stylists to do 100 or more haircuts in a week. That’s a lot of time spent doing tiny, precise movements with your hands. The last thing you want to worry about is cramping, fatigue, and discomfort that prevent you from doing your job effectively.
Even worse? Hairdressers are one of the highest risk groups for repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you plan to cut hair for years to come, it’s important to have tools that allow you to do your job comfortably and protect you from injury in both the short and long term.
One of the best ways to protect your hands and joints is by choosing shears with a handle that offers support and allows you to maintain good posture when cutting.
There are three common types of handles:
Other personalized options to increase comfort include shears with a swivel thumb, lighter-weight blades, and removable thumb gaskets to help handles fit your fingers better. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to comfortable shears. When you’re starting out, it’s worth trying out a few different types to find what works best for you.
Along with comfort, it’s vitally important to have shears that allow you to maintain the appropriate level of control while you’re working. This is where weight and length come into play. (So you can wield your shears like a boss!)
Shorter shears give you more control and are great for fine-tuning complicated hairstyles, and trimming small areas like bangs. Longer shears are great for thick hair and simple mens’ cuts, but allow less control for detailed work. Think about the clients you serve and the styles you prefer to cut – that’ll help determine the length you choose.
Shears can make or break a cut. That’s why having a quality pair pays off. Since we know that quality often comes with a price, how can you be sure you’re getting a great return on your investment?
Here are a few things to look for when you’re shelling out for quality scissors:
The best shears available are made from high-quality, hard Japanese steel that's often blended with elements, such as cobalt and molybdenum, to ensure greater strength and a longer lifespan, and reduce the need for frequent sharpening.
Aside from the blades, the tension system and screws that hold your shears together need to be able to withstand necessary adjustments and hold up to frequent maintenance.
Anyone can make false claims about the quality of a product, but luckily there are a few easy ways to know you’re getting the real deal.
Look for shears that are well-reviewed and backed by reputable salons and scissor distributors. A good reputation is earned by offering products that consistently produce excellent results.
Even better? The best scissor manufacturers and distributors offer excellent customer support and long-term warranties.We know it can be overwhelming to choose the right tools for your job. That’s why we’re here to help. Shop with us and be confident you’re getting the best scissors on the market. We care about our customers and about the products we promote. That’s why we offer top-notch customer service and support, as well as warranties to back up what we sell.