Every hair artist needs and perfectly matched shear to create beautiful hair styles, but this isn’t as easy as it seems. The skill of the professional hairdresser cannot shine if they are working with a substandard shear. The efficiency and comfort of the professional is on the line, so here are a few tips that you can use when selecting a shear for yourself.
Selecting the right shear is dependent upon the style of cutting that you are utilizing. For example, smaller shears – 4.5” to 5” – are suitable for precise cuts and styles. Longer scissors – 5.5” to 7” – are perfect for simple cuts and trims. Here is how you can choose the shear with the right length, you can measure the blade against your palm and middle finger. Blades that are same size as your hand are more suitable for you. There is also another factor that you need to think about, most shears come with a protective coating of chrome or nickel; you may have an allergy so looking into that is also important.
Ergonomics are an important aspect of selecting a shear. A shear should be easy to palm and it should not cause fatigue and discomfort. Traditionally there are 3 shapes of shears; classic, offset and crane.
In the classic shape, both the blades are the same.
Offset shears have thumb ring and an angled handle area.
Crane shears have a straight upper blade and a thumb ring that slightly in the downward direction.
Serrated shears can provide a straight cut, but you shouldn’t use them for slide cutting or chopping hair as the results will be undesirable. Shears with a convex edge are very sharp and can cut hair just like a warm knife through butter. They are perfect for slide cutting and chopping.
For vertical or straight cutting the shears need to be held vertically, so offset shape of shears will be perfect. One length or blunt cutting, fingers need to be out of the way so again offset shears are suitable for these cuts as well. When you need to handle deep point cutting you need to have high elbows and the best shears for this cut will be straight set shears. Narrow tipped shears are perfect for intricate cutting and clean lines. Longer shears are more suitable for over comb cuts.
When you have selected the shears based on the information above, the next thing you have to wonder about is how often you should sharped the shears. Dull shears can tear and damage the hair of your customer. So how often should you sharpen shears? It depends on how much you use the shears, and the type of cuts you perform. Generally, all shears should be serviced at least once every year from a specialized service people. Proper care and oiling of shears also plays a role in keeping them functioning at a high level.
You can use the information above to browse iShears shop and choose your favorite shears. You will need to all different shapes to make sure that you can provide your customers with the cut or trim that they want. Go ahead and start shopping!