"The Perfect Cut: Choosing the Right Size Hairdressing Scissors"
By Matt Grumley, Award-Winning Hairdresser and Scissorsmith, CEO of ShearGenius
In the intricate world of hairdressing, scissors are not just tools; they are an extension of the stylist’s hand. As an experienced hairdresser and the CEO of ShearGenius, I've come to understand the profound impact that the right pair of scissors can have on our craft. Today, I want to delve into a question that is fundamental yet often overlooked: What size hairdressing scissors are best? This decision can significantly influence your cutting technique and the comfort of your work.
Understanding Scissor Sizes
Hairdressing scissors come in various sizes, typically ranging from 4.5 inches to 7 inches. The size refers to the length of the blade from the tip to the end of the longest finger hole. This choice is crucial as it affects your control over the scissors and, by extension, the hair.
The Role of Hand Size
A common myth in our industry is that scissor size should be determined by the size of your hand. However, it’s more about the scissors' relation to the hair you’re cutting and your cutting style. For instance, larger scissors might cover more ground quickly, but they offer less precision compared to their smaller counterparts.
Choosing Based on Techniques
Different sizes cater to different cutting techniques. For instance, shorter scissors (around 4.5 to 5.5 inches) are excellent for precision work and detailing. They are ideal for techniques like point cutting or working around the ears and nape. On the other hand, longer scissors (6 inches and above) are suited for techniques like scissor over comb and are often preferred for cutting thicker hair.
Personal Comfort and Cutting Style
The choice of scissors also boils down to personal comfort and cutting style. As a professional, you will develop a sense of what feels right in your hand and what complements your natural cutting motion. Experimenting with different sizes can help you find your perfect match.
The ShearGenius Experience
At ShearGenius, we emphasize the importance of finding the right fit for each stylist. With a range of sizes available in our collection of Japanese hairdressing scissors, we cater to a broad spectrum of cutting styles and preferences.
Japanese Hairdressing Scissors: A Class Apart
Japanese hairdressing scissors are known for their unparalleled craftsmanship and quality. When considering size, it’s also essential to look at the quality of the scissors. A well-made pair of Japanese scissors can enhance your cutting technique, regardless of size.
Maintenance is Key
Regardless of size, maintaining your scissors is crucial. Regular hairdressing scissors sharpening ensures that they remain in top condition, providing clean and precise cuts every time.
Practical Tips for Busy Hairdressers
- Trial and Error: Don’t hesitate to try different sizes to find what works best for you.
- Consider Your Most Common Techniques: Choose a size that complements the techniques you use most frequently.
- Ergonomics Matter: Ensure that the scissors fit comfortably in your hand to avoid strain.
- Quality Over Size: Invest in a high-quality pair of scissors, as a good blade can compensate for length.
- Regular Maintenance: Keep your scissors sharp and well-maintained for the best performance.
- Consult With Peers: Discuss with fellow hairdressers and get their insights on scissor sizes.
- Attend Workshops: Stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in hairdressing tools.
In Conclusion: The Right Size for the Right Cut
In conclusion, the best size for hairdressing scissors varies depending on individual preference, hand size, and the techniques most commonly used. As an award-winning hairdresser and the mind behind ShearGenius, I encourage you to explore and find the size that not only fits your hand but also complements your unique style of hairdressing. Remember, the right pair of scissors is an investment in your artistry – choose wisely and cut brilliantly.