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How to Choose your Hair-Cutting Scissors?


Your hands should always be free to securely handle your hair-cutting scissors. Uncomfortable scissors might result in hand fatigue and increase your risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injury or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The length of a pair of scissors, excluding the finger rest, is measured from the very tip of the blade to the end of the longest finger hole.

Whether you use a short or long blade will depend on your preference and the type of cutting you’ll be doing. To decide your ideal size, place a pair of hair-cutting scissors on the palm of your hand with the finger grip touching the base of your thumb. The tip of the blade should be close to the middle of the last section of your middle finger.

Because barbering shears are used to cut hair over a comb, their larger blades are necessary for them to line up with the side of the comb. Regular hair-cutting scissors are used to trim the hair in little increments while it is brushed and held in place with the fingers. The scissor blades are consequently more proportionately sized to the handle portion of the scissor. The barber scissors which hairdressers use need to extend only a few inches (at most) beyond the index finger when held since they frequently cut hair in small increments to maintain perfection.

Your fingers should be able to easily slide in and out of the handle’s finger holes. Applying this consistently helps prevent sore areas and calluses. On the other hand, if the holes are too loose, you run the risk of dropping the hair clippers and losing control of them. You have the option of a blade with a convex or a beveled edge. The cutting edge is polished into the blades of shears with beveled edges. On a steeper incline, the slanted blades abruptly establish an angle of about a millimeter with the honed edge. With this steeper angle than they could with a level cutting edge, the shears can cut more effortlessly.

Convex blades have a planned and created shallow arc behind them. The blades feature a razor-sharp point thanks to milling. This produces a cutting edge that is effortlessly razor-sharp. Convex hairdressing scissors are more expensive and more delicate, but they also have a finer cutting blade.

Sharpening typically costs more money. Convex blades are heavier than beveled blades since they are made of stainless steel. Although beveled blades are less expensive and require less upkeep, they might not offer the same level of smoothness in the cut. Your preferences and level of comfort will largely determine the style of handle you want. Scissors with a level or even handle have symmetrical handles.

Offset handle hairdressing scissors help you to cut with your arm and elbow in a more natural position since one handle is longer than the other. To correctly align and position the blades during use, an offset handle is necessary, which relieves pressure on the hands and fingers. Crane-handle scissors have a curved top handle while offset-handle scissors have a straight top handle.

Additionally, it enables a lower elbow posture. Never cut your hair with scissors designed for the other hand. Reverse-bladed scissors for the left hand make cutting effortless and comfortable while reducing hand and wrist fatigue. Barber scissors are the most crucial tool in your trade, and they need to be maintained regularly. At least once a year, all barber scissors should be sharpened. If you have curved blades, you should always employ a professional sharpener.

Willian Tenney
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