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First Time Scissor Shopping

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair scissors aren’t the easiest things to know how to shop for. It takes a lot of time and effort to pick out the right pair for you and to know that you will love them. The process of shopping for hair scissors isn’t like a wedding dress in that you can’t just put something on and fall in love. With shears you have to test them for a minute and make sure they’re comfortably usable. The drama that comes with scissors shopping doesn’t always have to be difficult, though.

Starting out as a new stylist is when this process is the hardest. This is because without many years of experience, you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. When you are a beginner, the process is about five times harder and takes about five times longer. It does get easier though so take a breath!

The first thing to remember is to never shop alone; especially with something so expensive like hair scissors. Salesmen and women have a tendency to sell you shears because of their price, not their quality. If you hear so many good things about a pair of shears that are over 1000 dollars but you hear nothing about a cheaper pair that seems to have half-way decent quality to them, there may be a problem. The salesman knows he is getting your attention focused on the expensive shears and he is going to go on about them until you give in. This is why you should always bring a friend; preferably a friend that knows a thing or two about styling. She could help you discover some ways to choose the best shears. And hey, it never hurt to have someone there to help you say no to a salesperson!

Things never seem to go fast when shopping for shears but to speed up the process, think about the things you are looking for when you cut hair. And not just things like the color of the shears or a price range; consider things like the sharpness of the blades and the performance that a specific pair are known to give. It may even help to think about it as finding all of the positive things about a certain pair you may find and then after finding that pair, ask about the price. It’s not always a great idea to judge a pair by its price.

Shopping never seems to be hard for women because it’s more of a hobby than a chore. Face it, we’ll use any excuse to be able to go out and shop for an afternoon! However, when it comes to shopping for useful tools like hair scissors, the process of shopping actually does become difficult and takes some time and consideration. Always remember the two main things about being a first time shear buyer: never shop alone and always get well-familiarized with each pair you may like.

 

Common Mistakes Of Haircutting

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Think you can give yourself a quick trim right in your very own home? Hey, it saves money so most people think why not do it? It’s one of the easiest ways to save money, especially when some salons charge forty dollars just for a haircut. This may be one of the smartest ways to get a great look in a small amount of time for a small price. But watch out, at-home styling has its con’s to go right along with its pro’s.

When you try cutting your own hair, you are definitely a brave person. Cutting someone else’s hair may be a bit easier but even doing this can be a risk for you and for the person you are cutting. There are so many common mistakes people can make by cutting their own or someone else’s hair that they know. From angles to lengths, it is evident that some people aren’t as talented as their hairstylist and should probably leave it up to the stylist to complete the task. If you remain confident that you can do it yourself to save money, be sure to read these tips before you begin.

To assure yourself that you will do a great job, you should carefully use your shears in the ways that will keep your hair in good shape. Begin by making sure your shears are as sharp as possible. Those who cut their own hair often assume that it’s fine to use a pair of hair scissors that haven’t been taken out of storage in a year or more. Using a dull blade is one of the worst thing to put your hair through. If the shears aren’t quite sharp enough for use, you should contact a silversmith right away to ensure the best cut possible.

After your shears are in great shape (as far as sharpness goes at least) you can begin trimming. But it’s not safe to start cutting your hair in a horizontal line straight around from ear to ear. You must know the exact technique for trimming hair so that the ends will end up even when you finish. The worst thing to do is tie your hair into a ponytail and chop it off where the ponytail holder is. This will not give you an even cut and can be extremely hard to fix.

To learn the proper ways to cut and/or trim hair, don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser. You won’t offend him or her by telling them that you like to touch up a few spots on your own every once in a while to save some money. Just ask how you should do a certain technique to get your hair to look just like they cut it. They should let you know whether or not the technique is difficult to perfect, so if they don’t warn you, be sure to ask so you can perform the job just right.

The next time you want to touch up your hair’s ends, be sure to refresh your memory on the things to remember. The angle you cut your hair at is so important so that you get a nice straight cut and none of the ends wind up uneven. Don’t forget to ask for any secret tips from your hairstylist too. She knows everything about hairstyling so she’s the best person you could ask for pointers from. Finally, the most important part of trimming your own hair: updating your shears. If that means buying a whole new pair of hair scissors, then so be it. If they just need a quick sharpen, contact a silversmith and see how  you can get the hair scissors into tip top shape. After all, this is your hair and you want it to look better than any other hairstyle!

 

5 Things You Should Know About Hair Scissors Before Purchasing

January 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Wouldn’t it be nice if styling our hair were as easy as waking up and walking out the door? So many people search and search for hairstyling tools that will make their hair routine easier. But when it comes down to it, is there really one product that will actually help you style your hair in so many small steps? Think about the pair of hair shears sitting in your medicine cabinet and the things they can do for you. You may think you know all about them and what they do to keep your hair routine short whenever you need a trim, but there are a few things that you should know about them.

Before using your shears regularly, you must familiarize yourself with everything the tools have to offer. One of the most important parts of a pair of hair scissors is the grip on them. Your comfort is so crucial when you are cutting hair because if your fingers aren’t comfortable in the holes of the shears, you cannot perform well as a haircutter. Your cuts won’t be precise, your shears can slip in the middle of a cut, and your fingers could also cramp up. All of these could cause your client to become unhappy with their hairstyle. To ensure that your grip is good enough with the shears, you can either break the shears in if they are just slightly uncomfortable, or you can test them out for a bit before making a final purchase. Just remember, as long as your fingers are happy, so will your clients be.

You should also familiarize yourself with the blades of your hair scissors. The sharpness of these compared to your scissors for your office is a big difference. Hair shears are designed to cut precisely through hair as smoothly as possible. The blades are not designed for paper, in fact cutting through paper with hair scissors could permanently damage the blades. Not only should you be careful about damaging the blades, you should also be aware of the sharpness for your own safety. One wrong snip could slice through your skin and cause infections down the road. Safety always comes first when it comes to the blades of hair scissors and is one of the most important things to take care of when cutting hair.

When purchasing a pair of hair shears, the cost is typically one of the make or break factors in deciding what to buy. It is important to weigh all options between each pair you see. Make sure you know things like warranty information, all features, and durability. If you are purchasing a pair of hair scissors, you must know all about them so you can be sure that the investment will be worth it. You should know exactly what you’re getting yourself into with every purchase you make, especially something as expensive as a pair of shears so be sure to ask plenty of questions.

The fourth thing you should know about hair scissors is what others think of them. Make use of your internet and look up reviews of scissors before you purchase them. When you know what others have experienced with the same tools, you can have a better grasp at what you could expect. If you buy something without knowing anything about it, how will you know if it will work for you or not? Reading reviews is one of the smartest things you can do before purchasing anything because of all the opinions and background information that is provided.

The final thing you need to get straight before investing in a new pair of hair scissors is your own feelings. You have to make sure that you know you will love the shears and the affect they have on you as a hairstylist. Also remember that it’s not like a shirt where once you get sick of wearing it, you can just throw it away. Hair shears have so much value to them and must be dealt with in such a careful way. They definitely aren’t cheap and need to be something that you know you can stick with forever.

After getting everything straight, you know you can purchase a great pair of shears. They must be the right kind for you that will perform great jobs as you continue your styling. Whether it’s your hair that you’re cutting or another client’s hair, it is very important that you know all of the things mentioned above so that you are getting your money’s worth in the purchase of hair scissors.

Using the Right Scissors To Prevent Injury

September 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When most people think of carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetition induced wrist injuries they think first of the secretary at the office typing on her computer as the most likely to suffer from this problem. Of course some of the first cases were out of that industry, but it is definitely not a problem just for them. Hairdressers are a prime target for carpal tunnel and these other wrist injuries since holding scissors as well as blow dryers and more all day is the same type of repetition, which brings this health problem on and can possibly end a career.

Just as the secretary in the office had special products designed for her to help her avoid this injury during the course of her day the same goes for hairdressers and their tools. Companies such as Kamisori have designed their hairdressing scissors to be not only some of the best performing scissors in the industry but they are also ergonomically designed to prevent these injuries as well. These professional scissors are perfectly balanced and the steel blades will retain their sharpness for much longer than poorly made scissors. So not only are these scissors great for your hands but also your clients will get the best haircut possible.

The Importance Of Professional Scissors

September 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For the hairstylist a quality pair of scissors is the most important tool of their trade. Whether giving cuts to men or women it will only turn out looking its best if the hair is cut smoothly and precisely. Cheap scissors leave jagged edges and can cause possible split ends, but a quality pair of hairdressing scissors will remain sharp of cared for properly and will give a great haircut every time. Though they may cost more than many other shears those made from the best material will retain their sharpness and edge to create all the hottest looks.

Using Professional Scissors For Cutting Hair

September 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Cutting your own hair or someone else’s can be challenging enough, but if you are trying to do this with a poor pair of scissors than the job becomes even trickier. A sharp quality pair of professional hair scissors can make the job a so much easier task. Sharp scissors that are also well balanced, will do a far superior job or cutting hair so that it not only looks its best, but it will remain healthy and not develop split ends. Professional quality scissors made from stainless steel will also retain their sharpness better and last longer than any other type of shears, which in the long run is better for the hair you cut.

Hair Scissors

May 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is something new here at my hairstyling tools…SCISSORS. Professional hair cutting scissors. One of the most important things to have when you want to be assured of a good quality haircut. The wrong scissor could actually be painful, depending on what style your wanting. Here are some of the new items we are offering. For item pricing you can go to our website My Hair Styling Tools

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Included Items:

  • Professional 5 1/2″ Blue Titanium Hair Stylist Shears Kit.
  • 5 1/2″ cutting shear with finger rest.
  • 6 1/2″, 33 teeth thinning shear with removable finger rest.
  • Padded pouch.

Size/Teeth: 5.5 in. (14 cm) / 33 teeth
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440B
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC60
Coating: Blue Titanium

Features adjustable tension control dials.

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Features:

  • Top of the line 5.5″ Hair Shears with removable finger rest.
  • Triple tempered stainless steel.
  • Ergonomically designed handle.
  • Spring leaf for precision tension adjustment.
  • For right-handed stylists.
  • Velvet protective case.
  • Oil Lubricant.

Size: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440C
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC62

scissors3.jpg Ninja Swordsman shears are made of the highest quality Japanese steel to maintain blade sharpness.

Included Items:

  • Professional 5.5″ Titanium Hair Stylist Shears Kit (1 cutting shear and 1 30 teeth thinning shear)
  • Protective case.
  • Oil Lubricant.

Size/Teeth: 5.5 in. (14 cm) / 30 teeth
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440B
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC60
Coating: Titanium

I remember when I got my first “real” pair of hair cutting scissors, I was 16. I had no idea that they were priced from $ 100.00 to $ 1,000.00. My mom invested in a pair for me and I was the happiest new hairdresser in town. A good pair of scissors will slide cut like no other (you hairdressers know what I am talking about) A bad pair of scissors and a client wanting fringe around the face could send them away screaming.

It is very important to only cut hair with your scissors, and find someone who has had a lot of good feedback in regards to sharpening. I had mine sharpened once by some “unknown” I used them once afterwards and they broke. I found out it would be more expensive to fix them than to replace them. I was devastated. Took me years to get over…Okay slight exaggeration, but you get my point.

Your haircutting scissors become your pet, no one can touch them, and oh my gosh, talk about the first time I saw my child using them to cut paper AHHHHH! Yes, he is still alive, but I definitely got a higher hiding place, and well, a lock and key, can never be too careful!

So come and check out our new line of professional hair scissors, you won’t be disappointed. Make one your pet today!

Niki

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