I still remember being a trainee hairdresser, having just qualified and my instructor told me to go out and purchase a pair of hairdressing scissors. An easy task you might think? I mean, scissors are just scissors surely, they have two blades that open and close, allowing you to cut things like hair? How wrong I was!
When i walked into the hairdressing supplies store, I was literally overwhelmed with choices – Did I want a thinning scissor or a texturiser, or a standard scissor? Was I interested in offset handles, Semi-Offset or Straight? What length blade did i want? The questions literally seemed exhaustive, and I couldn’t believe how complicated it all seemed to be, Which is why I hope that this article will be useful for you.
The first distinction to be made, is the type of hairdressing scissors that you want to buy, The most obvious is the standard cutting scissor – but there are also thinning scissors which are designed for taking some of the thickness out of the hair, and Texturising scissors which all add texture. Thinning and texturising scissors are essentially specialist scissors which are only used for certain cuts, so for the purpose of this article we will concentrate largely on what to look for in your standard hairdressing scissor.