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Important Factors to Consider When Investing in Hair Scissors

Spending day after day cutting and shaping and blending and thinning can put a lot of stress on your muscles, but the right hair shears provide every comfort enhancing feature available.

As a student, you’ll be using these shears often and on all types of hair so it’s important to invest in some quality shears that will last. Hair shears are your equipment; they are your most important tool. You wouldn’t expect a Computer Science major to succeed on a dated, slow, school-issued machine, so don’t expect yourself to achieve your full potential without the best tools available. The Kamisori 5.75”Ergonomic

Student Shears are made from 440C high chromium Stainless Steel. It is made with special corrosion resistant properties to ensure that they don’t rust or become damaged and this metal provides the highest durability so these student hair shears will last throughout all of your training.

Using the correct blade is another important part of learning how to cut and style hair. There are two popular blade styles used today: convex and bevel. Bevel blades have been around for a long time and are the oldest style used today. They tend to require more force to open and close the hair scissors and after time, this really adds strain and tension to the muscles in your fingers and hands. Just consider how many times you open and close your shears during one hair cut. The convex blade is a newer, updated blade and is used on nearly all training shears. It is a state of the art, smooth blade that requires less force. Convex blades are required for slide cutting because bevel blades will leave the hair choppy and gapped.

The tensions system on professional hair shears have evolved over the years to make the adjustments easier and more accurate. There are five tensions systems on professional hair shears: The Coin Adjustable, Round Click Dial Adjustable, Leaf Spring Assembly, Rotating Thumb Ball Bearing and Ball Bearing Pivot System. The purpose of a tension system is to allow the hair stylist to adjust how the shears open and close. If the tension is too tight, the shears will cut the hair poorly and it will cause a lot of unnecessary damage to the hair shears. If the tension is too loose, the blades will simply bend the hair rather than cutting it.

The coin adjustable system is the oldest tensions system available; it is considered an industry standard and very dependable. The round click dial adjustable tension system is similar to the coin adjustable system but it increases or decreases tension on the hair shears with each click so the stylist can more easily gauge the tension. The leaf spring adjustable tensions system is modified version of the previous two styles that allows for much more control and accuracy when adjusting the tension. The balance it offers to hair shears results in a longer lasting set of scissors. Both of the ball bearing tensions styles allow for more stability and movement when using the hair scissors.

The finger rest on professional hair shears is an important part of comfort and stability. It can reduce muscle stress and prevent injury, especially CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and RSI (Repetive Strain Injury). Some stylists like finger rests and some do not; it is based purely on preference. Because of this, some professional hair shears come with a finger rest and some don’t. On some shears, the finger rest is removable, allowing each student to try cutting hair with and without the rest. No matter what their preference, students will be able to work comfortable with these kinds of shears.

One more important and innovative feature on professional hair shears is the swivel thumb ring. Many scissors are manufactured with stationary thumb rings, but for a new hair stylist, it is important to use scissors that can adjust to his or her preferences. It’s also valuable in that it give a student the opportunity to try using the scissors at different angles to help decide what works best. Many high quality shears have a thumb ring that adjusts to any angle to increase comfort and leverage and to provide options to each new stylist.

Professional hair shears come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and designs. They range from very inexpensive and very low quality to extremely expensive and the highest quality. Purchasing shears as a stylist is an investment, and should not be taken lightly. The least expensive pair of professional hair shears is almost never the best option; with poor quality scissors your will deliver poor quality cuts and hinder your career. It’s important to invest in the best tools not only for your career, but during your schooling as well.

Jade Greene is a expert on hair straighteners and hair scissors.

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