Buying Hair Scissors

Published: 26th October 2009
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Whether you are a professional salon stylist or a do-it-yourself home stylist, the quality of your cuts depends largely on the quality of the hair shears you choose. Low-end scissors tend to be duller and can damage hair by breaking the hair instead of cutting it. Also, low-quality shears have a shorter shelf life. Before you invest in a pair of hair scissors, you need to know what to look for. Below are ten tips to consider before purchasing hair shears:

1) Durability. The longer your shears last, the more cuts you will be get from them. High-quality shears should last for 500 cuts or more. Scissors that only last for 100 cuts are not a good investment even if you buy them for a discount. In the end, low-quality scissors will cost you through bad cuts and the money you will have to spend to sharpen or replace them.

2) Rockwell Hardness. Hard metals ensure durability and high-quality cuts. The Rockwell Hardness measures how easily steel dents with a diamond tip. The harder the steel, the higher the measure; the higher the measure, the higher the quality. Look for shears with a Rockwell hardness of at least 50 or 60. Although scissors with a 50 hardness level might have a sharper edge than those with a 60 level, the 60 level scissors will maintain their sharpness longer.

3) Steel type. Hair shears are made from two types of steel alloy: 440 and 420 (also known as J2). The difference between the two is the amount of carbon versus the amount of chromium in the alloy. Carbon ensures the steel's toughness while chromium prevents stain and rusting. Scissors that are 440A may be resistant to rust, they are not very strong. 440C steel shears are the strongest and tend to be more expensive. 420 steel scissors have no carbon and are resistant to rust.

4) Blade shape. Hair shears have two basic blade shapes: convex and beveled. Convex blades are shaped and rounded from the outside toward the edge while beveled blades are straight and flat. Japanese shears have convex blades specifically designed to provide an optimal cutting performance.

5) Edge sharpness. The edges of hair shears can either be convex, razor or beveled. Convex edges do not have visible separate edges and provide longer-lasting, sharper cuts. Razor edges are usually given to convex shaped blades where a separate edge is crafted at the end of the blade. The beveled edge is the standard edge for hair shears and is heavier and thicker than the other edges. Beveled edged scissors are popular for pet grooming shears since they can cut any type of hair.

6) Fit and Comfort. Longer blades can cause hand fatigue as can the repetitive motions of cutting. Consider purchasing scissors that have ergonomic shapes to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

7) Handle type. The two most popular types of handles are even and offset. Even handles are also referred to as "regular" or "classic" and as the name implies, the insert holes line up evenly. Offset handles have two different handle lengths. The hole for the middle finger is a bit longer than the part of the handle where the thumb is inserted.

8) Finger rests. Hair shears can have either fixed finger rests or detachable finger rests. Fixed rests are forged to the scissors and cannot be removed. Detachable rests are screwed to the handle and can be detached simply by unscrewing.

9) Swivel thumb. Some scissors have a swivel thumb which allows stylists to use shears at various angles without moving the hand. The distance between the finger and thumb inserts prevents thumb restriction and subsequent cramping.

10) Screws. A number of hair scissors provide adjustable screws to ease the tension in the blades. If scissor blades are too tight, they can grind against each other. Conversely, if they aren't tight enough, they will fold and bend the hair instead of cutting through.

Once you invest in high-quality hair scissors, take steps to maintain their quality by cleaning and storing them properly. A shears cleaning cloth is recommended after use with caustic dyes and other solutions. Shears should also be sharpened a minimum of 1000 hair cuttings to retain maximum performance. Taking these steps will ensure that your scissors will remain sharp and last longer.Kissaki has been selling hair cutting scissors and Razors for the Professional Hair Stylist since 2001. We sell worldwide and have tens of thousands satisfied clients. Our success is attributed to our high quality products at a great value and our emphasis on customer satisfaction. Visit online today.

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