Answers To The Most Commonly Asked Scissor Questions Answer all your hairdressing scissor questions with this FAQ

Answers To The Most Commonly Asked Scissor Questions

Get more confidence with your online scissor shopping experience with our FAQ!

Why Shop At Japan Scissors

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When you are deciding on the best scissors for hairdressing There are a lot of aspects to take into consideration.

  • What kind of ergonomic scissors should I buy?
  • Your budget
  • What brand makes scissors that suit your needs?
  • Which size (length) should you buy?

The FAQ will address every one of the questions, and much more!

It doesn't matter if you're who is just beginning to explore the field of hair cutting, or an experienced professional seeking an upgrade in your shears check out the information you require!

FAQs: Buying New Scissors

Buy Now, Pay Later Payment Options

There are different Buy Now, Pay Later options available at Japan Scissors. Each one allows you to quickly order new hair shears and pay for them over time.

You can buy a new pair of hairdressing scissors and pay for them over weeks or months! You can choose the payment option at the end of checkout.

  • Afterpay (Read More): Available in Australia (🇦🇺), Canada (🇨🇦), New Zealand (🇳🇿) & the United Kingdom (🇬🇧)
  • Zip Pay (Read More): Available in Australia (🇦🇺) & New Zealand (🇳🇿)
  • Laybuy (Read More): Available in Australia (🇦🇺), USA (🇺🇸), New Zealand (🇳🇿) & the United Kingdom (🇬🇧)
  • Sezzle (Read More): Available in USA (🇺🇸)and Canada (🇨🇦)

The most popular payment methods are Afterpay, Zippay, Laybuy and Sezzle. Click the link below to find out which payment method suits your needs best!

What Free Shipping Is Available

Free Shipping is available for all hairdressing scissor orders. We prepare your order and ship fast so you can receive them in days, not weeks!

Each order comes with tracking and we use the best shipping option available (FedEx, TNT, AusPost, etc.) to ensure that you receive your scissors as soon as possible.

After ordering hairdressing shears, you will soon receive a tracking number for your order. This allows you to keep track of the package as it soon arrives at your address.

How Do I Backorder (Pre-Order) Hairdressing Scissors

Some hairdressing scissor models may be sold out. You can backorder these by emailing our customer care team (

You can pre-purchase a pair to secure your order ahead of time, or request to be notified when stock arrives.

Customers pre-purchasing their hairdressing scissor orders with a backorder will be prioritised over the waiting list.

You can backorder your scissors on the product page by entering in your email address. Let us know if there is an out-of-stock model you are looking for!

How Long Does It Take To Receive My Order?

At Japan Scissors, we prioritize prompt delivery to ensure you receive your hairdressing scissors in a matter of days, not weeks.

On average, you can expect your order to arrive within two to four days, allowing you to start using your new scissors without delay.

Shop With Confidence Online: 7 -Day Easy Returns & Exchanges

At Japan Scissors, we understand that ordering hairdressing scissors online can sometimes be challenging. That's why we offer a straightforward (no-questions-asked) 7-day return guarantee.

Within 7 days of placing your order for hairdressing scissors, you can simply email our customer service team at to request a size or model exchange, or to initiate a return and receive a refund. We are here to assist you promptly and ensure a smooth resolution to your request.

Choosing Hairdressing Scissors

What Are Scissor Handle Ergonomics?

An ergonomic scissor is typically defined by their handles. The most popular ergonomic handles are Offset, Crane, Swivel and more (Read More).

Hairdressing scissor handles, such as the Offset design, is designed to create a more natural grip that reduces tension in your hand, wrist, etc.

Ergonomic scissors have been shown to reduce the amount of stress on your hand, arm and back when cutting.

They can also help if you are repetitive strain injury ( RSI ), experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis in other parts of body such as shoulders!

Who needs ergonomic scissors? We recommend hairstylists, barbers, and anyone cutting hair for long periods to use an ergonomic pair of hairdressing scissors.

Offset handle hairdressing scissors as the best example for ergonomic handles
How To Choose The Right Scissor Size?

The right cutting scissors will depend on the haircutting techniques your use. The most popular haircutting scissor size for hairstylists in salons is 5.5". A shorter blade allows for precision and more accurate haircutting techniques.

The most popular haircutting scissor size for barbers is 6.0".A longer blade is perfect for the popular barber scissor-over-comb technique .

If you plan to cut close and detailed work, shorter length (5.0" or 5.5") is preferred as it creates a more precise shape with small intricate cutswhile longer blades (6.0", 6.5", and 7.0") can be used for bulkier jobs like trimming hair at an angle or using scissor over comb approach that requires greater precision, but less movement than other styles.

There are many different types of blade lengths used in salons and barbershops. The sizes range from 4.5" inches to 7.5" inches.

Four scissors with different lengths that show the sizes used in salons and barbershops
What Are The Best Hairdressing Scissor Brands?

There's no shortage of hairdressing scissors brands out there. But it isn't easy to choose the best brand for professional hairdressing and barbering.

The best and most trusted hairdressing scissor brands use high-quality steel, ultra-sharp haircutting blades, and offer shears at affordable prices.

Some well-known examples include Jaguar Hairdressing ScissorsJoewell ShearsYasaka ScissorsMina ScissorsJuntetsu, Kasho Shears,  and Kamisori Shears.

Different hairdressing scissor brands for professional hair stylists
How Do I Choose Hair Scissors For Home?

You'll need to think about materialshape and blade type as well sizeBrowse our best scissors for home-use here!

Your choice should be comfortable enough so you can slice through your hair effortlessly with it while using an ergonomic handle design that suits most people's needs perfectly!

The most popular haircutting kits for home feature sharp blades and comfortable offset handles. These are perfect for cutting your own hair, or somebody else's at home.

The best haircutting scissor size (length) for home use if 5.5" or 6.0". This is the perfect all-rounder size that fits everyone's hand while trimming or restyling your hair.

What Are The Most Common Sizes & Types Of Scissors People Use?

There are many different types of hairdressing scissors, but is there one size that suits everyone?

Whether you are a professional hairstylist, barber, or just starting to learn how to cut hair, there is a pair that suits your needs!

The most common scissor size used by men and women is 5.5" or 6.0".

The most popular scissor handles are the Classic/Straight, or the Offset handle.

If you are unsure which hair scissor blade suits you, then go for the Convex, or Bevel edge blade.

Choose a hair cutting kit from a popular scissor brand, and you will be cutting hair in no time!

If you have questions about which hair cutting scissor suits your needs, then email us at

What Are The Different Hair Scissor Handles?

The different types of handles available for hair scissors are offsetclassic straightswivel and crane. The most popular scissor handle type is the Offset handle and the Classic Straight (Opposing) handle. The Swivel and Crane handle types of more ergonomic, but can be difficult to hold for some hairstylists and barbers.

Hair scissors with offset handles are the best choice for hairstylists, barbers and home-hairdressing. They provide a comfortable grip and allows you easy access through your wrist pain because it curves away from blades, reducing strain on thumb muscles as well!

Straight handle scissors are the most common type of scissor with a straight, firm grip that can be used by both right-handed and left handed people.

The crane scissor handles curve towards the blades and they are designed for people with smaller hands. The ergonomic design provides a more comfortable grip than straight scissors handle, making them perfect to help you cut things without worrying about dropping or losing your tool!

The Swivel Scissor handles are a more modern design that has been gaining popularity. They're similar to offset scythe handle, but it's easy- rotate 360 degrees and can cut hair at different angles without having too much strain on your wrist!

What Are The Most Popular Blade Edge Types?

When you're looking for the perfect pair of hair cutting scissors, it's important to consider what type of blade edge should I get?

There are four main types: convex(ultra-sharp), beveled(all-rounder and durable), serrated( easily catches hair falling) or hollow ground concave.

These all have different pros and cons so make sure that whichever one suits your needs best is right for them before buying!

If you are a professional, then the Hollow Ground, Convex or Bevel edge blade will suit your needs.

However, if you are at home, a student or apprentice, then you can pick any Convex, Bevel or Micro-Serrated edge blade.

The better steel, the sharper the blade and more efficient your haircutting shears become.

What Are The Different Types Of Steel Used in Hair Scissors?

One of the most common questions we get asked is "why are hairdressing scissors so expensive?", and it is usually due to the high-quality (and expensive) steel.

There are over a hundred different types of steel and materials used to make high-quality scissors, but the most popular include:

440C, 10CR, VG-10, 9CR, 8CR, Cobalt, Titanium, Stainless Allow Steel, Chromium, and more!

The different between a high-quality scissor steel and cheap steel is the hardness (HRC).

The higher the quality of the scissor steel, the higher the hardness. For a premium pair, you would expect around 60 HRC. And for a cheap pair, you would get around 55-56 HRC.

Thinning Scissors: How Many Teeth Should They Have?

Thinning scissors are used to thin or blend the hair.

They have teeth on one blade that help remove excess bulk from thick areas of your haircut without removing too much length, and each pair may have different number of teeth as well as size.

These specialized tools have between 30 – 45 teeth depending on how long their blades are and make it easy for blending away scissor marks or removing bluntness from cuts with just one simple snip!

What Are Finger Inserts For Scissors?

Scissor finger rings can help you avoid cuts and even scissors injuries by protecting your fingers from blades.

They're a great way to improve the grip on those dangerous tools, so they won't slip out of control when cutting hair with them!

Can a Left Handed Stylist Use Right Handed Scissors?

Yes, a hairstylist with a left hand can make use of right-handed scissors. However, they're not as easy to use, or work like left-handed scissors.

Hairstylists who are left-handed should use genuine left-handed scissors for the most effective outcomes in cutting hair. 

Utilising a genuine left-hand handle hair shear can reduce the possibility for repetitive strain trauma (RSI) and will to make hair cutting more easy and comfortable.

Maintenance & Sharpening: What You Need To Know

When Do Hairdressing Scissors Need Sharpening?

Yes, All hair scissors have to be sharpened over time. The kind of steel used in the process of manufacturing and the edge of the blade determines the frequency at which the scissors need to be sharpened.

Edges of the blade that are convex along with Japanese stainless steel shears can be among the most effective varieties of hair scissors that keep their sharpness for the longest.

Edges of the blade that are rounded or carbon steel shears comprise two of the most harmful kinds of hair scissors that can keep the sharp edge.

Can I Sharpen My Scissors At Home?

Yes, it is possible to sharpen scissors for hairdressing at home with sharpening stones or diamond sharpener tools.

It is important to ensure that you choose the right kind of sharpener to prevent damaging the blades. If you do the wrong thing while sharpening your scissors you may end up damaging the blade.

What Are Professional Sharpening Services?

Professional scissor sharpening services is a firm that specialises in the repair and maintenance of haircutting scissors. They are able to sharpen blades, alter the tension and clean the cutting tools to allow them to function like new.

The major advantages of professional sharpening services include the assurance the scissors you use are sharpened and kept sharp.
Also, make sure that the scissors are set to work using your hands.

How Often Do You Need To Sharpen Scissors?

It is recommended to sharpen your shears for hairdressing when they begin to lose their sharpness. This will ensure the sharpness of your blades and ensure that they are performing in their optimal way.

Hair shears can be sharpened every time they are employed. Based on studies from American barbershops and salons, an often employed hair cutting shear will be sharpened every three to nine months.

How Do Adjust The Tension Between Your Scissor Blades

You can alter the tension of your hair scissors using the tension key or screwdriver in order to tighten or loosen the screw.

Be careful not to tighten too much the screws, as this can harm the cutting edge.

Make sure your tension set enough that the blades do not fall open due to the weight of their own, but not too tight that blades rub against each other when they close and open.

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