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April 12, 2020 3 min read

Everyday we get asked  "what are the different types of hairdressing scissors available?", and today we are going to answer this for you!

There are different hair scissors to suit professional, students and home hairdressing enthusiasts.

The different types of hairdressing, barbering, hair cutting and thinning scissors include:

 Scissor Types Use & Benefits
Short Blade Hair Scissors Popular for most hairdressing techniques and precision haircutting.
Long Blade Hair Scissors Popular for most barbering techniques including over the comb.
Texturizing Thinning Scissors  The most common thinning scissors that usually includes thirty to fourty teeth. Things most hair evenly with a 40% to 50% cutaway. 
Wide Tooth Chomping Thinning Scissors  Great for thick hair. The comping thinning scissors has between sixteen and twenty teeth. For thick and curly hair, these have a 15% to 25% cutaway. 
Offset Handle Hair Scissors  The most popular ergonomic scissors available. They relax your hand, wrist and elbow. Reducing fatigue and RSI while cutting.
Crane Handle Hair Scissors  The best ergonomic design for people with RSI or cutting for long periods without resting. 
Opposing Handle Hair Scissors These are the traditional classic handle designs with no ergonomics. 
Swivel Handle Hair Scissors  These are unique handles that rotate and swivel while cutting hair. Perfect for people with RSI and other strain injuries. 
Colour Coated Hair Scissors  Hairdressing scissor colour types include pink, rose gold, rainbow, matte black, blue and various other designs.


The haircutting scissor & shear types define the style, the techniques and situation.

So if you are a barber using over the comb techniques, then a 7" long blade type shear is required. But a hairdresser in a salon can use a 5.5" inch offset type scissor for all their haircutting techniques.

Types Of Hair Cutting Scissors & Shears

The different handle types of hairdressing scissors

There are a lot of different types of shears that are used to cut, thin, texturize and chunk hair. Haircutting scissor types tend to be the most popular and useful shear.

Haircutting scissors types vary depending on the hairdresser, the techniques and styles, situation and client's hair.

Left-handed scissors and right-handed scissors have different handles, and a lefty using a right-handed scissor is definitely not a good idea.

The types of hairdressing and Barber Shears allow for different hairstyling techniques. Each pair may be better at different haircutting tasks.

As an example, long blade shears are better for over the comb barbering techniques. 

The large variety of different styles of scissors differ in appearance. Basic polish, satin finish, colour coating and more. 

The scissor handles dictate the ergonomics of each pair. Offset and crane handles are the best ergonomic scissor types for reducing fatigue.

Standard thumb scissors also have removable and reversible finger rests that can be attached to the grips.

Let's look into each type of hairdressing scissors and barber shears to understand which pair suits you!

Short Blade Cutting Scissors

Short blade scissors

Hairdressing scissor with short blades are between the sizes; 4" inches and 5.5" inches.

The shorter blade is capable of most hair techniques are the most common scissors available. 

They are perfect for hair stylists with smaller hands. Browse the short blade collection here.





Long Blade Cutting Scissors

Long blade barber shear

Hairdressing scissor with short blades are between the sizes; 6" inches and 7.5" inches.

The longer blade is capable of most hair techniques and is commonly used for barber techniques like over the comb.

They are perfect for hair stylists with larger hands. Browse the long blade collection here.





Texturising Thinning Scissors

Yasaka thinning scissor

Texturising thinning scissors with thirty to forty teeth thin our hair slowly. This ensures you don't take off large chunks.

The forty teeth thinning scissors are the most popular tool used to thin hair.


Each tooth has a V-shape blade. These sharp teeth ensure that each thinning motion is precise. 




Wide Chomping Thinning Scissors

Chomping thinning scissors


Hairdressing thinning scissors come in a varying amount of teeth. The fewer the teeth, the more chunks these thinning scissors take out.

The chomper thinning scissors usually have between 10 to 20 V-shaped teeth and are commonly used for thicker hair.

When you have going through long and thick curly hair with a 40 tooth texturising scissor, you will understand why these chomping thinning scissors are so useful.




James Adams is an author for Japan Scissors. He focuses on writing informational content on Hairdressing scissors for beginners and professionals.
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