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Buying Hairdressing Scissors

Professionals who use hand-tools have a few items that they would call tools of the trade or more specifically tools for their trade. It would be true to say that hairdressing scissors fall into this category within the hair styling side of the beauty industry.  The amount of different scissor brands advertised nowadays, never mind the vast choice within those brands, can often can give newly qualified professional hairdressers a headache when it comes to that point in time where they want to invest in a more expensive and better quality pair of scissors.

As a rule of thumb sellers of scissors normally will advise people to buy and use a scissor that feels good in their hand. What feels good is a question that has been asked many times before? Well, the answer to that question is subjective but it is best experienced by trying a couple of inexpensive scissors in your hand and then comparing the feel against a few pairs of high quality German or Japanese scissors. You will find it hard not to notice a big difference in ‘feel’ and perceived quality.  Again as a rule of thumb expensive quality scissors tend to have a manufacturing process that ensures that the hardness and sharpness of the blades of the scissor ensure that they stay sharp longer and need to be resharpened less frequently. As I have mentioned sharpening, it is imperative that scissor owners realise that many of the expensive scissors are hand finished and when it comes to sharpening time, they can be ruined in seconds by a none-authorised scissor sharpener. If this happens it is time to buy a new pair because the damage can seldom be rectified. Always use a recognised professional hairdressing scissor sharpening service. If you don’t you will probably live to regret it. This advice also appliers to less expensive scissors.

Scissors can also have differing design features. Apart from obvious difference between thinners and scissors there are also various cutting blade types available and also differing type designs, such as offset and crane, of the scissor itself. Blades can be sliced [honed – like a razor edge] , serrated [notched], combinations of both and hollow ground [bevelled edge].
Apart from the normal familiar design of scissor there are the offset type where the finger-rings are a different lengths and curved crane design scissors. Both offset and crane design are claimed to be more ergonomic in terms of comfort while cutting the hair.
Regarding the scissor length, this is measured from the scissor tip to the end of the longest finger ring. This length does not include the finger rest if there is one attached to the scissor ring. The length that the stylist prefers is optional and could depend upon the size of the hand and the style of haircutting. Once again the ‘feel’ of the scissor comes into the equation. Generally speaking, gentlemen’s barbers tend to use a longer length of scissor.

Once a stylist has chosen his or her preferred scissor, uses it frequently and is happy with it, you will find they tend to replace it with the same scissor make, style and size once it reaches its eventual end of life.