June 23, 2019 6 min read

How to choose the right hairdressing scissors by size or style? Would you be requiring ergonomic handles for extensive use to reduce stress? Find out how to choose the right pair that suits you.

Hairdressing scissors typically come in sizes from 4.5" to 7" inches. There are offset and crane handles for ergonomics and traditional handles for simple use. Bevel edge and convex edge blades also give you different hair cutting feel.

Hairdressing styles and sizes

For professional hair cutters, hairdressing scissors make for beautiful hair cuts, whether it is a simple trim or a completely new style (restyle), every hairdresser and barber needs the best scissors with excellent edges to perform at their best in the salon.

For experienced professional barbers and hairdressers, a good knowledge of which scissors have the best edges for the smoothest and sharpest cuts is crucial and knowing how to choose thesehairdressing scissors is critical, whether or not you are new or a veteran to hairdressing.

At Japan Scissors we try to make the process of choosing new hairdressing scissors a lot easier with our collection of professional quality hair cutting shears, such asJuntetsu,Jaguar,YasakaandMina. The importance of finding the right pair of scissors in style, size, quality and ergonomics will take your hairdressing experience to the next level within the hair cutting industry.

Finding the right pair of hairdressing scissors is like finding your soulmate…

To perform at your best in the hairdressing industry, you will need to find the right pair of scissors, and with this you need to know what cutting styles and techniques you are interested in. This will help determine what shape and size of scissors will align with your hair cutting techniques.

Hairdressing Scissors Sizes Example
With the above image you can get an idea of the different sizes of hairdressing scissors, as they tend to range from 4.5” inches to 7” inches, however, recently the 5.5” inch and 6” inch scissors are more common and widely used by hairdressers and barbers.

The 4.5” inch to 5.5” inch scissors tend to have more precision and create a precise shape when cutting hair. The 6” inch to 7” inch longer hair scissors are used for over the comb techniques and simple trims, these longer(barber) scissorsare very popular for barbers.

When looking for the right hairdressing scissor size that suits both your style and your hand size, try measuring the blade against your middle finger and the total length against the palm of your hand to see if it fits. Scissors between 4.5” inches to the larger 8” inches are suitable for many different techniques in hairdressing.

The handle and shape of the scissor fit your cutting personality…

Now let’s talk about your personal style with the scissors, such as the coating, polished and ergonomics with the straight (classic), offset (semi-offset and full offset) and crane offset handles.
Hairdressing Scissor Straight, Offset and Crane Handles
The Classic Handles: The upper and lower blades are aligned on these classic handle hairdressing scissors and you can see how the rings line up with the one on top. These are very common and a more traditional style of scissor.

The Offset Handles: The offset and semi-offset handles are very common as they are slightly angled and have a shortened handle shank with the thumb ring, as these hairdressing scissors place your hand in a more relaxed and comfortable position while cutting.

The Crane Offset Handles: The Crane offset handle scissors are the most angled, and you will see the upper blade is completely straight in the above picture, the handle shank and thumb rings are angled sharply downwards. These crane hairdressing scissors are supposedly the most comfortable and ergonomic choice in the Australian and New Zealand hair industry today.

What style of cutting suits your hairdressing style?

Hairdressing scissors are a direct reflection of the style and way you cut in the salon. Investing in the right pair of scissors can be important, but understanding each part of the shear and the blade itself is important to know, as different scissors give different hair cuts.

The Hairdressing Scissor Blades:

If you are looking forbeginner scissorsfor practicing on mannequins, students and apprentice hairdressers and barbers, look for serrated scissors (micro serrated scissors) as they tend to grip the hair and create a simple straight hair cut. These hairdressing scissors whoever cannot be used for slicing (slice cutting) or chopping.

If you are looking for professional gradehairdressing and barber scissors hair scissors then the Convex edge blades are perfect for you as they have excellent edges that produce the smoothest and sharpest cuts that are perfect for slice cutting and chopping. The convex edge blade requires hardened steel which is usually found in Japanese hairdressing scissors, as the quality of Japanese Steel is superior.

The way you hold the scissors shows how you create cuts…

Mixing up the style of how you hold your hairdressing scissors with how you cut is important and understanding the type of scissors that align with your cutting styles and techniques is what makes you stand out in the salon or barbershop as the most experienced and talented hairdresser.

How you hold the scissors:

If you hold the hairdressing scissorsvertically(vertical) for cutting andstraightline cutting, then the scissors need to be held absolutely vertical and so theoffset scissors are recommended due to their angle and ability to keep your hand in a natural and comfortable position while cutting.

ForBlunt Cutting (bobs and one length), then you will need the hairdressing scissors to sit flat to the neck of the client. Your hand and fingers need to be positioned so your fingers not in the way while cutting. For these styles of blunt and bobs hair cutting style, we highly recommend thecrane stylefull offset hairdressing scissors.

Now for theDeep Point Cutting style, you will need your elbow to be held up high so that the scissors are straight, and we recommend theclassic straighthairdressing scissors for this style of hair cutting.

Intricate precision work for clean lines around the edges of the client’s hairlines, you will need a fine or narrow tipped scissors with excellent edges for the most precise cuts.

Lastly, theScissors over comb style of cutting which is found in barbers and barbers, we recommend straight or offset hairdressing scissors around the 6”, 6.5” and 7” scissor length. The longer size of these 7” inchbarber scissorsallow for the best over the comb style of hairdressing.

When do I need to sharpen (Sharpening) my scissors?

The maintenance of your scissors ensures that the professional hair cuts that you give to your clients are still as sharp as always with the excellent edges on your hairdressing scissors being as sharp as ever.

It is a difficult question to answer, however, looking at how often professionals use their hairdressing scissors and what type of blade (convex or bevel edge scissors) will also change how often you need to sharpen your scissors.

All hairdressing scissors should be sharpened and serviced at least once a year to ensure they are well maintained, but ensure that the professional hairdressing scissor sharpening service you use is experienced, so as not to damage your tools.

Hairdressing scissors should also be maintained by the hairdresser and barber with oil and cleaning cloth to ensure they last as long as possible.

So what hairdressing scissors should I buy?

If you are looking for professional hairdressing scissors, take a look at the below recommendations.

Here are our wonderful recommendations for barber scissors:

Take a look at our beginner hairdressing scissor recommendations for apprentices, student hairdressers, and barbers:

Thank you all for taking the time to read up on how to choose, maintain and look after your hairdressing scissors so you get the best cuts and keep those excellent edges on for a long time.

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