It takes tradition, skill and master craftsmanship to create shears that are perfect in every way. One of the most important elements that craftsmen have to be mindful of is ergonomics. Professional shears have to be easy to palm and comfortable to hold for a long period of time, so the hair artist can work long hours without experiencing any pain in the wrists.
Manufacturers have to tap into the latest technologies and add them to the traditional crafting methods to add advanced ergonomics to the shears. iShears practices this methodology to ensure that along with superior quality shears, the shear design is ergonomic and comfortable. The end goal is to manufacture a shear that feels like the extension of the hair artist’s arm.
Comfort & Precision
Whether it be right or left handed hair cutting scissors, comfort and precision are paramount requirements for professional hair dressers. At iShears, we infuse both these features in every shear. It is important to pay attention to the pivot of the shear. Comfort and precision depend on how smooth the shear is to operate and the pivot plays an important role in making sure that the blades remain seamless in their movement.
What does the blade’s edge have to do with the ergonomics of the shear? The sharper the blades the easier it is for you to get your desired results and less time it takes to get that cut. This is why convex edged blades in a shear are preferable. Beveled edges lose their sharpness quicker and less sharp to begin with, and they are also less durable.
The angles of the grip of the shear have to be precisely placed, because the thumb’s movement plays a big role in making the shear comfortable. The best way to find this feature out is by holding the shear in your hand and letting your arm down. Bring it back up, keeping the elbow up and move the shear with the thumb. If the blades move with the minimal pressure from the thumb, it means that the shear is as ergonomic as possible.
As alluded to above, the elbow position also matters when we speak of comfort while performing a cut. As you very well know, strains and injuries are a norm when your elbow isn’t positioned in the right position. Shears that force your elbow to be raised place stress on it. You should go for shears that let you keep your elbow in a downward position which will keep the injuries away.
If you are left handed, then make sure to choose a shear that is made especially for left handed hair stylists. No matter how many ergonomic features the shear has, if it isn’t left handed it won’t feel comfortable in your hand. Lefties will feel all the comfort that the shear has to offer when they pick only the lefty shears.
Comfort is the prime focus when you want to finish an epic haircut. And you can’t be comfortable with a badly designed shear in your hand. The best thing to do is take advantage of the trial offer to get the feel of the shear and see if it’s the right fit.
These are just some of the features that we think affect the ergonomics of a shear. You can tell us about features you think are more important in the comments below.