Japanese Experts Explain and Recommend Shear Types

How to Choose Professional Hairdressing Scissors: A Guide

Scissors are the most essential tool for hairdressers, crucial for achieving precise haircuts. With so many types, brands, and prices available, it can be challenging to decide which ones to buy. This guide will simplify the process of choosing the right
professional hairdressing scissors. Key Considerations for Selecting Hairdressing Scissors

1. Handle Types

Symmetric Handle:Traditional design with two aligned rings, also known as eyeglass

Offset Handle: One ring is shorter and offset, reducing hand strain and
increasing cutting efficiency. Preferred for its ergonomic design.

Crane Handle:A variation of the offset handle, positioned lower than the blade
to reduce strain on the elbow, shoulder, and arm. Ideal for cutting while
seated or doing chop cuts.

2. Length

Scissors are measured in inches, typically ranging from 5.0 to 7.5 inches. Most
hairdressers prefer around 6 inches. Longer scissors may be preferred for men’s
cuts or specific salon needs.

3. Blade Shapes

Tyoku Ba (Straight Blade) Ideal for blunt cuts and chop cuts due to its precise
hair capture.

Sasa Ba (Curved Blade): Curved like a bamboo leaf, suitable for slide cuts and
stroke cuts, allowing intentional hair release.

Yanagi Ba (Slightly Curved Blade): Offers ease in soft cutting and precision.olumn text content

How to Choose ProfessionalHairdressing Scissors: B Guide

1.Consulting Experts
Seek advice from scissors specialists. Providing information about your
clientele and cutting style will help them recommend the most suitable options.

2. Maintenance and Common Issues

Common Problems: Misalignment, dullness from improper maintenance, rust, and damage from exposure to moisture and chemicals.

Self-Maintenance: Regular cleaning and oiling to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation. Proper storage in a dry place to avoid damage.

Professional Sharpening: Have your scissors professionally sharpened regularly, at least once a year, to maintain their cutting efficiency.Column text content.

3. Choosing the right hairdressing scissors involves considering handle types, blade shapes, and length, along with hands-on testing and expert consultation. Proper maintenance and professional sharpening will extend the lifespan of your scissors, ensuring they remain an invaluable tool in your hairdressing kit.


Symmetric Handle

• The moving and still blades are lined up in the same position.
• There is a high degree of freedom in using it, and various cutting techniques can be used since the range of motion is wide vertically and horizontally.
• Because the thumb side is long, symmetric handles can be leveraged to cut powerfully.
• Although this type of shear is symmetrical, it is not recommended for ambidextrous use.

Offset Handle

• The thumb side is short.
• It is wonderful for beginners because it is easy to hold, open, and close.
• This style is recommended when wanting to use large scissors of 6.5" or longer because it fits the hand comfortably.

Finger Rest

The pinky rests on this spot. If there is a finger rest, the scissors are stable and easy to cut.

Hump (Camel Back)

Scissors with a hump increase the stability further. Like the finger rest, the hump differs depending on personal taste, so it does not affect the quality of the cut.

Crane Handle

The Crane Handle is bent more than a standard offset. Hairstylists can use it easily without raising the elbow, but the range of haircutting techniques is considerably narrowed.

3D Type Handle

A 3D handle adds a twist to the thumb and finger holes. The scissors fit the fingers to give a sense of stability.

The handle is made up of a complex combination of these elements.

Many stylists are offset-handle enthusiasts for both cutting and thinning scissors. However, we recommend the symmetric handle for newcomers, stylists who want to expand their range of techniques, and stylists with a particular cutting style because it gives a high degree of freedom to hand movements. Stylists unfamiliar with holding scissors tend to choose scissors that fit snugly in their hands to have a fixed hand. However, as stylists gain experience, these handles cause difficulty performing various cutting techniques. Using a symmetric handle may be easier with better movement. The comfortability of each handle may vary by technique or experience, so we recommended to find the right style handles as the time suits them. There are various types of handles, but it is best to emphasize the ease of use for individuals.