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April 29, 2019 - 4 min read

You don't always need to spend $500 on a pair that will help you cut like a pro! 

The best Hairdressing scissors for apprentices and students often include:

  • A reasonable size that covers most haircutting techniques: generally 5.5" or 6"
  • Hardened steel that keeps the blades sharper for longer, so you don't need to run back and forth with the scissor sharpener
  • Offset ergonomic handles that will reduce fatigue while cutting for hours on end
  • Bevel or Convex edge blade
  • Cleaning, oiling and maintenance kits

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Some of the top-selling brands for apprentices and student hairdressers are:

The result is a pair of apprentice cutting and thinning scissors that will stay sharp while you practice to become a real pro.

We get asked about the best value scissors for students and apprentices every week, so we have decided to put together our top 5 best apprentice scissor list.

You can also view our full collection of apprentice and student hairdressing scissors here.


The Top 5 Best Apprentice & Student Scissors

The list of scissors available for student and apprentice hairdressers is massive, so we are going to stick with the most popular models we are selling over the past few years.

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These scissors are the best value for money with a high level of satisfaction from professionals and apprentices.

1) Jaguar Jay 2


 Jaguar Jay 2 Hair Cutting Scissors - Japan Scissors


These Jay 2 Jaguar scissors are easily the best value for money. They are so popular that they are our top selling pair for 2 years in a row. 

They have outsold all our apprentice scissors and have the highest satisfaction and most positive feedback in Europe, USA, Australia & Asia.

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They use basic offset ergonomics for comfort, sharp bevel edge blade and a German screw system that keeps them tight. 

  • Features

STEEL Chrome Stainless Steel
SIZE 5.5" & 6" Inches
CUTTING EDGE Slice Cutting Edge
BLADE Classic Grind Blade
FINISH Polished
Item Numbers JAG J5055 & JAG J5060



2) Mina Matte Black

Mina Matte Black Student & Apprentice Hair Scissor


Second only to the Jaguar Jay 2 in popularity, the Mina Matte Black sell as the most affordable and best value set of hairdressing scissors.

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They feature a basic black design, offset ergonomics for comfort and a Japanese style screw tension system to keep the blades tighter for longer.

  • Features

HANDLE POSITION Offset Ergonomics
STEEL Stainless Steel
SIZE 6" Inches
CUTTING EDGE Slice Cutting Edge
BLADE Convex Edge
FINISH Allergy-Neutral Coating
WEIGHT 42g Per Piece






3) Jaguar Pre Style

Jaguar Pre Style Relax Hair Cutting Scissors - Japan Scissors

The third most commonly used hairdressing scissor under $200 is the Jaguar Pre Style series. Internationally, the Pre Style Ergo P is the most popular model. 

These are the most used apprentice hair cutting scissors after the Jaguar Jay 2. Compared to most hairdressing scissors, the Pre Style Ergo and Pre Style Relax scissors offer a lighter feel, precision cutting, and premium quality.

  • Features

STEEL Stainless Chromium Steel
SIZE 5", 5.5" and 6"
CUTTING EDGE Micro Serration Blade
BLADE Classic Blade
FINISH Satin Finish
Item Numbers JAG 82650, JAG 82655 & JAG 82660



4) Mina Kami Hair Scissor

Kami japanese scissorsThe Kami hair scissors are a new pair by Mina. They cut sharp and have basic offset ergonomics that keep you comfortable while cutting for longer.

The handle design is a head-turner, but the overall quality and the Japanese steel used to make these are what keeps this selling.

  • Features

HANDLE POSITION Offset Ergonomics
STEEL Stainless Steel
SIZE 6" Inches
CUTTING EDGE Slice Cutting Edge
BLADE Convex Edge
FINISH Allergy-Neutral Coating
WEIGHT 42g Per Piece




5) Jaguar Pink Pre Style

The Pink Pre Style scissors are the most popular apprentice scissors in 2020. They have been awarded based on their high-quality craftsmanship and cute simplistic design.

These are easily the most affordable and best value apprentice hairdressing scissors available with a bit of style!

  • Features

STEEL Stainless Chromium Steel
SIZE 5.5"
CUTTING EDGE Micro Serration Blade
BLADE Classic Blade
FINISH Allergy Neutral Coating (Pink)



Side Note: For this article, we have spoken with, collaborated or received feedback from ApprenticeshipCareers, Hairdressing Apprenticeship Guide at Training.com.au and the amazing staff at Japan Scissors.

What Size Hairdressing Scissors Should You Use?

Scissor sizes available


The majority of hairdressers use between 5.5" inches and 6" inches on their hair scissors. These cover the large majority of hairdressing techniques required to satisfy all your clients.

Read more about: How To Choose The Best Hair Scissors! 

What Types Of Scissor Handles Do You Need?

Hair scissor handles30 years ago hairdressing scissors came in classic handles. Now we understand that cramping and strains on your wrist and elbows may cause permanent damage, offset ergonomic handles are available. 

Read about the different types of hairdressing scissors available!

Find out why so many students and apprentices are buying hairdressing scissors online! Get the best hair scissors for barber and hairstylist apprentices at JapanScissors!

James Adams
James Adams

Jun is an experienced writer for hairdressing and barbers. She has a great passion for premium hair scissors, and his favourite brands to cover are Kamisori, Jaguar Scissors and Joewell. She teaches and informs people about scissors, hairdressing and barbering in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada.

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