When it comes to creating beautiful hair cuts, whether that’s a simple trim or a complete restyle, every hairdresser needs the right pair of scissors in order to work more efficiently for each and every hair cutting job.
If you’re an experienced hairdresser, then you’ll most likely have good knowledge on how to choose hairdressing scissors. However, if you’re new to hairdressing, you might not know what to look for.
Here at Salons Direct, we’re taking a closer look at our Tondeo and Jaguar scissors from Rand Rocket to discover the importance of finding the right pair of scissors for you and what makes these particular scissors a crucial part of any hairdresser’s kit within the business of hair.
The importance of the right pair of hairdressing scissors…
When it comes to finding a pair of hair cutting scissors best suited to you, ask yourself what type of cutting style you execute most of the time. This will determine which shape of scissor is best suited to your cutting technique. Will you be creating a lot of layers and soft edges? Or, do you tend to have more blunt styles?
Next, find the size that suits you best. Smaller sized scissors between 4.5″ and 5.5″ create a more precise shape when it comes to cutting hair. Whereas longer scissors, 6″ and above, are better for techniques such as using the scissor over the comb technique and more basics trims.
With this in mind, when deciding on the right scissors for you, we recommend measuring the length of the blade against your middle finger and the total length of the scissors against the palm of your hand. It’s worth noting that most scissors cover a wide range of cuts range from 4.5” to 8”.
You also need to think about what your personal requirements are. For example, do you need a coating on the scissors? Are you allergic to nickel? Do you need left handed scissors?
The shape of the scissors…
The right pair of scissors should always feel comfortable in your hand, minimising hand fatigue. There are 3 different scissor shapes:
Also known as straight scissors, the shapes of the upper and lower blade are the same. The rings line up precisely with one on top.
Offset scissors have an angled handle area, shortened handle shank with thumb ring. Many people find these more comfortable if they prefer to hold the scissors with their ring finger, allow you to angle your hand easier.
These are a very exaggerated offset scissor. The upper blade is completely straight, handle shank with thumb ring angled sharply downwards.
What kind of cut are you looking to create?
The scissors that you invest in can be used in a number of ways to create different styles of cut.
Perfect for beginners, serrated scissors (or micro serrated scissors) include one blade with serrations to grip the hair and create a straight cut, though they cannot be used for slice cutting or chopping. Convex edge scissors are the sharpest and smoothest cutting blades and are perfect for slice cutting and chopping in.
Hairdressing thinning scissors have one full blade and one ‘toothed’ blade that looks like a comb. These are usually used to reduce the bulk in thick hair, create texture and produce a softer effect, rather than a straight or blunt edge.
Holding the scissors to create cuts
Vertical cutting and straight line cutting: The scissors need to be held absolutely vertical and so fully offset scissors are recommended.
Blunt cutting – bobs and one lengths: As the scissors need to sit flat to the neck and the fingers need to be out of the way, fully offset scissors are recommended.
Deep point cutting: The elbow needs to be high for this technique so straight set classic scissors are recommended.
Intricate work: When looking for clean lines around the edges of the hairline, then fine or narrow tipped scissors are recommended.
Scissors over comb: Longer sizes are required to avoid ‘chunk’ lines in the cut.
How often will your scissors need sharpening?
It is very important to maintain your scissors. When shears become dull they can tear the hair instead of cutting it, resulting in an uneven cut that could cause more damage than good, which is of course not good for your reputation.
How often you need to sharpen your scissors depends on how much they are used, what type of cutting you do, how you look after them, and what type of blade you are using. In essence, all scissors should be serviced at least every year, but be mindful who sharpens your scissors. You need special training and specialist equipment to sharpen convex blades.
It is also note worthy that your scissors should be properly maintained by cleaning and oiling them regularly as well as ensuring they are tensioned correctly.
Which hairdressing scissors are best to buy?
Our professional hairdressing scissors are designed to give you the ultimate cutting experience, whatever level you are – from budget student scissors, to top of the range, premium Japanese steel hairdressing scissors.
If you’re looking for a collection of Jaguar scissors, our best sellers (which are coveted by Nicky Clarke) include the Jaguar Smart scissors which are ideal for slice cutting.
Good scissors are an investment and choosing scissors that are right for you is essential, as they can help reflect the type of hairdresser you are through the precise work you can achieve.
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