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A Guide To Help You Learn to Buy Hair Cutting Shears and What the Heck is the Difference? What They Don't Teach You in School . . .

Shears are a Hairstylist's and Barber's tool of the trade. Just as an artist wields a brush on a canvas, the Hairstylist and Barber uses shears to create beautiful or handsome hair. Shears are a Stylist and Barber's livelihood. It is of the utmost importance that a hair stylist or barber have the best and latest tools of the trade.

With good quality shears a stylist can change the way a person looks; making them appear younger, healthier, more attractive and boosting their clients self esteem. I bet you never thought about the psychological impact that a new "do" can have on a client. Just think how your client feels when their hair looks shoddy or "cheap". That client's experience is not a good one and they don't feel all the warm emotions like the first client. Will that Client come back? Doubt It!  Will they recommend friends come to you for that important hair cut? Probably not.

In Cosmetology Schools, Barber Schools, and Professional Grooming Schools you more than likely received a Student Kit that came with everything you needed to use. Usually you receive a pair of shears, or as some call them hair scissors. This set usually includes a pair of thinning shears as well. These shears are usually lower end shears, that are great while learning and practicing with!The shears included in your set are great shears for Cosmetology School or Barber School but, they are ill suited for use after graduation. After you take your board exams and you find that first Gig (Job) as a Professional Barber or Stylist, it is time to invest in a new pair of shears!

Many Stylist and Barbers beg the question, "Why buy a more expensive shear?"

Investing in a good quality shear pays for itself. So, why buy an inferior shear? The satisfaction of buying a cheap shear last only for a few moments. . . the disappointment in wasted money last much, much longer. . . and why replace a shear rather than adding a new one to your collection?

Even in the best and most talented hands, the wrong pair of shears will end in less than desirable results. A simple haircut can end badly for your client, and tarnish your reputation. Word of mouth advertising is often over-looked. When asked why new clients show up out of the blue; the answer is often "So and So's hair looked great, so I asked them who did it!" Cheaply produced shears can end in a hair cut that appears "cheap" and result in a client that isn't happy. Hair will grow back but, will that client come back?

Lower End hair cutting shears often have two things that affect their cutting ability. Blades that are dull or inferior can damage the hair, causing split ends and poor quality shears can not ensure the clean line cutting that every basic hair cut begins with. Poor metal quality in shears, need to be sharpened more often. If you do not pay a Professional Sharpener with a good reputation, to sharpen your shears, the hair shears are literally chewing your clients hair.

Dull and nicked blades also make your work more difficult. With a Fine Pair of hair cutting scissors, made from a higher Rockwell hardness metal, your cutting edge will be sharper, and stay sharper in the long run. A sharper cutting blade also works for you. It is more efficient, cuts faster, cuts more hair in less time, and reduces stress on your hands. One other thing to consider is just how often you get your shears sharpened and the cost of the service.  If you are having to get your shears sharpened often, they are proably inferior.  Just think of how many times you open and close your shears during one haircut! Cheaply produced shears are not what you want to use as a Professional Barber or Hairstylist!

There are literally thousands of hair cutting shears out on the market today! How do you know if you are buying quality shears?

Stay Tuned for our next edition in how to buy quality, professional hair cutting shears at ShearsforHair!

Shear Metalogy, Part Two of Our Ongoing Series, How to Buy Shears for  Hair Cutting! The Metal Aspect of Shears & Scissors!

There are thousands of hair shears out there to choose from, different metals, different handles, lengths, ergonomic, thinning shears, convex, this and that. . . the list seems almost endless but hey, it's OK, it isn't endless! Chill!

When you have graduated from your cosmetology student shears or barbering shears and it is time to buy those first shears, we recommend that you choose your "workhorse" shear. This shear will be the main shear you use when cutting hair. We also recommend a thinning shear  (sometimes called a blender, thinner, thinning shear or texturizing shear) as well.

Your talents are limited by your shears and your shears are limited by your talents.

We have talked to numerous shear manufactures and they are all in agreement. They all suggest buying a shear one step ahead of your skills and talents. We agree hands down. It is wise to invest in shears that will ultimately last you for a while. You sure don't want to be held back by your student shears. So, how do you choose that shear? The first thing you need is a little course on metal. 

OK, this is easy, no need to panic. You didn't have to minor in "metal-ogy" to get this. Lets go to the kitchen, pick up a fork, look at that fork. Is it rusted? Is it pitted? Probably not. "Silverware" as many call it, is made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is strong, and anti-corrosive resistant. Now go look at that black iron skillet that grandma used to cook in. Is it strong? Do you think you could break it? WE HOPE NOT! LOL! That Stainless Steel Silverware is made of iron and carbon, like grandma's skillet, mixed with other alloys (metals) to make it "stainless". Stainless steel does not rust unless subjected to real abuse!

Stainless steel is iron, carbon, and other alloys like chronium all mixed together. This potion isn't a secret but it is the key to a quality shear. Every hair shear is made with a stainless steel mixture of alloys. Some shears contain cobalt, otherwise known as molybdenm (moly steel), sulpher, manganese, and even silicon. And, no, it isn't the same silicon your friend Heather is thinking about adding to her body to enhance certain aspects!

Ultimately, hairstylist, barbers, and groomers want to launch your new career with the best shears you can afford and only you know that price but, Shear4Hair recommends that you choose your first shears wisely. Down the road, instead of buying a new pair of shears to replace the ones you have; you can add NEW ones to your shear collection. As your skills and talents grow, so should your collection of shears. All this metal talk is going some where. We promise.

The Big Rockwell scale. Simply put, the Rockwell Hardness scale measures how hard a metal is. Hardness is determined by using a load to push a diamonded cone into the metal.  The depth the cone travels into the metal is the degree of hardness. The higher the degree of Rockwell, the harder the metal. But, hardest isn't always the best. Shears ideally should be hard enough to prevent corrosion and to hold that sharp cutting edge, but light enough to be easily used. We don't want your arm falling off, but we don't want you cutting with a shear that won't stay sharp either.  A dull shear is not an ergonomic shear, and we want you to cut hair using ergonomics!

The industry standard for hair cutting shears is hotly debated right now but, 440 Stainless Steel is universally agreed on as being the best base for a hair shear. You may see it referred to as simply 440 Stainless Steel or you may see Japanese Steel. These terms are pretty much interchangable.

So, don't be afraid of the "metal-ogy", you just passed with flying colors! 

Handles, Which Shear Handles Are Best for You?

OFFSET Hair Shears and "regular" or "EVEN" Handled Hair shears are different in not only looks but in comfort. Most styles of shears manufactured now are an offset design. The Even handled design (regular as you called them) is classic. Older or more experienced hairstylist will often cut with the EVEN handled shears because they are used to them.

OFFSET Shears have handles that are just that, offset. The way in which the finger holes do not line up makes them OFFSET. At one point it was thought that the OFFSET handled design was more ergonomic for professional hairstylist, barbers, and professional pet groomers. But, that isn't the case. Most Physical Therapist recommend that a haircutting professional use a variety of types of haircutting shears to avoid the repetitive motion diseases of the fingers, hands, and wrists. By using shears with different kinds of handles, you avoid the same repetitive motions and hopefully this will keep your fingers, hands, and wrists healthy throughout your career! :)

OFFSET shears are usually more comfortable. But, comfort is the in the eye of the beholder. Just like a hard pillow is great for some, it may be awful to others. Most cosmotology, barber and professional pet grooming schools are issuing OFFSET Shears in their student kits so for younger hair cutting professionals, OFFSET shears are what they look for when purchasing new shears.

It is good to have a wide variety of different hair cutting shears in your arsenal, Even handled shears, Offset handled shears, Swivel thumb shears, and crane handled shears are just some of your options.

Most Physical Therapist recommend that a haircutting professional use a variety of types of haircutting shears to avoid the repetitive motion diseases of the fingers, hands, and wrists.  By using shears with different kinds of handles, you avoid the same repetitive motions and hopefully this will keep your fingers, hands, and wrists healthy throughout your career! :)

Kenchii's Butterfly Shear Shows an Offset Handle, See the Way the Finger Holes Aren't Lined Up? These Are Offset Shears                                              Tondeo Spider Classic is an Even Handled Haircutting Shear, See How the Handles Appear Even With Each Other?

Kenchii Offset Handled Shears                                                                          Tondeo Classic Even Handled Shears

This is Another Illustration of the Difference Between Offset and Even Handled Shears

OFFSET shears are usually more comfortable.  But, comfort is the in the eye of the beholder.  Just like a hard pillow is great for some, it may be awful to others.  Most cosmotology, barber and professional pet grooming schools are issuing OFFSET Shears in their student kits so for younger hair cutting professionals, OFFSET shears are what they look for when purchasing new shears. 

It is good to have a wide variety of different hair cutting shears in your arsenal, Even handled shears, Offset handled shears, Swivel thumb shears, and crane handled shears are just some of your options.

Shears4Hair, Recommends You Follow Physical Therapists Recommendations and Cut With a Variety of Different Shears to Keep Your fingers, hands, and wrists healthy throughout your career!

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