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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.

How to Cut Hair Layers

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Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair, towel dry but leave it a little damp. If you cut your hair dry it will dull your scissors.

Step 2: Comb your hair straight back

Step 3: Section off about one half inch of hair as though you are going to cut bangs, but continue the section all the way down your face to the front of your ears. The rest of your hair should still be combed straight back to keep it out of your way.

Step 4: Bring the top section hair forward and down in front of your eyes. Using your nose as a measurement for length, cut the section of hair straight across to just the outer edges of your eyes. Your starting cut should be at the tip of your nose, never higher than the bridge of your nose. You should now have a straight line from the outside edge of one eye to the other. This line will be your length guide for cutting the remainder of your hair. The further down your nose you make your first cut, the longer your final haircut will be.

Step 5: Comb the section you’ve just cut straight up. Holding your hair between your index finger and your middle finger in a scissor-like grip, snip off the tips of this section. What you are trying to achieve here is to get a straight line while the hair is held straight up. If you cut too much, you will end up with a shorter haircut overall.

Step 6: Comb the sides of the section straight up taking with it some of the hair you’ve just cut. Notice that you can easily see how the sides are longer than the cut section. Using the bangs cut as your guide, and holding the side sections straight up, make your next cut straight across. When you let the hair go you will notice that it falls easily into layers.

Step 7: With your comb, section off another small amount of hair from ear to ear combing it forward and keeping the remainder of your hair straight back. Comb the new section of hair straight up, pulling with it the first section as your cutting guide. See where the first section was cut and the new section that is needing to be cut? Cut the second section evenly with the first. Pull the side sections straight up again to cut it even with the bang area.

Step 8: Continue to section and pull the hair straight up and cut across using the previous cuts guidlines. Make sure to not section off too much hair as you will not be able to see your previously cut section. Continue sectioning and cutting all the way to the back of your head, pulling each section straight up until you have sectioned and cut all of your hair. Make sure that you use sharp scissors and keep your hair damp throughout the whole process. Make sure to not tilt your scissors, your hair will be longer on one side if you do. When cutting the top section of your hair make sure you keep hair at the previous guideline, it is easy to cut shorter and shorter the farther back you go.

Until next time

Good Luck,

niki

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