Hair Cutting Shears are defined by their composition, sleek look, and variety of models to choose from. There are now a wide range of shears for anyone from cosmetology students to seasoned professionals. Hair Shears can be made to fit the smallest hands, as well as the largest barbers fingers. You can customize the fit by inserting finger ring sizers, choosing shears with an ergonomically shaped handle, or by choosing the shears that are the correct length for your hands.
There are also different types of Hair Cutting Shears for different cutting techniques. Maybe you are doing some trimming around the ears or some point-cutting, you should probably be using a shorter pair of shears. You don’t need a long blade to do this type of cutting. You should have a pair of 5 inch shears for that. Lets say you are a barber, and you are doing some scissor over comb work to even out the top. For this type of cutting, you are going to need a longer pair of shears to get the job done more efficiently and cut down on fatigue. You should have a 6.5 inch shear for this. The longer blade is essential for even cutting, and will cut the time you spend on each client down to a minimum. All hair stylists know, the faster you get the client out of your chair, the more clients you will see in a day. More clients means more money. More clients also means happier clients, because they can get a fabulous haircut and style in a minimal amount of time.
Efficiency is a big part of the game when it comes to cutting hair. By owning the correct hair cutting shears for each type of cut you are doing, you will be more efficient and a happier hairdresser. How many different pairs of hair cutting shears do you have? As a minimum, we recommend having 3 different styling shears, as well as two pair of texturizing/thinning shears.
Japanese Shears are the most popular type of hair shears. When compared to other types of hair scissors, japanese hair shears are by far the best type of hair cutting shears. Modeled after the Japanese art of sword making, Japanese shears are designed with the best type of stainless steel. Japanese cutting shears are razor sharp. The Japanese shears scissors steel alloy is built to hold an excellent cutting edge for a prolonged period of time. Japanese scissors can be designed with many different handle shapes. The most important part of Japanese styling shears is the convex edge. This razor edge is designed to slide through the hair without grabbing or pushing the hair. Japanese shears’ convex edge is a rounded type edge, opposite a concave edge. This precision edge gives the Japanese shears the ability to cut smoothly. Most cheaper and older shears are made with a beveled edge, which is a set angle and has no convex shape. The convex edge is far superior and guaranteed to last longer.
Haircutting Scissor Problems
Author: Nadine Visscher
When giving a haircut, one of the most important tools are your scissors. If you have a great pair of haircutting scissors, it will make your job that much easier. With proper care, your haircutting scissors can last you a liftetime. Without proper care, however, you may experience a few problems such as -
* hair catching or pulling while you are cutting
* the hair sliding or moving towards the tips of your scissor blades rather than cutting
* hair being pinched or bent when you close the blades
* the shears feeling rough when you are cutting
You can address each on of these concerns with a good cleaning. When you are using your scissors, little bits of hair and chemicals can get around the screw and clog the pivot joint.
Cleaning Your Scissors
To clean them, wipe your scissor blades with a soft, dry cloth. Put a drop of oil between the blades and behind the set screw. Open and close your scissors several times to work the oil into the joint. The oil and the moving blades dislodge the hair bits that were stuck in the joint. Wipe the scissor blades with a soft dry cloth to clean off the hair and oil. Once you clean this area, the blades should be able to move freely, making it unnecessary for you to adjust your scissors.
After cleaning your haircutting scissors, test them to see if they still need adjusting. If they continue causing problems where the hair is pulling, pinching, or sliding, you will need to adjust the tension.
Adjusting Your Scissors
Should you find that there isn’t enough tension and you need to adjust them, hold your haircutting scissors tightly in a closed positon, and press them down firmly on a hard surface. use a dime, a screwdreiver, or the adjustment tool (that came with your scissors) to turn the screw clockwise just a little bit (equal to 3 – 4 minutes on a clock face). You want to do this very carefully so you don’t damage the pivot screw.
If you have the opposite problem where the tension is too tight, follow the same steps, except turn the screw ever so slightly in a counterclockwise direction.
Once your haircutting scissors are adjusted to the proper tension and you are sitll having problems, you may need to get them sharpened. Be sure to get them sharpened by a specialist, someone who knows what s/he is doing.
With proper care, your haircutting scissors should last you a lifetime.Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/haircutting-scissor-problems-181037.html About the Author Nadine Visscher is the author of haircutting ebooks and has an great selection of both haircut videos and haircutting scissors.
Due to the hair and beauty industry becoming an increasingly popular career choice for many, it’s never been more important to do what you can to stand out from the crowd. Competition for jobs in hairdressing can be fierce due to the outstanding level of hairdressing talent found throughout the world. Whether you’re looking to open your own salon or find a hairdressing job aboard a luxury cruise liner, there are many things every hairdresser can do and services that are available to help you find and secure that dream job.
1. Keep learning.
It’s crucial that you continue to learn new skills not only in preparation of future opportunities but to continue doing your current job to the best of your ability. Styles and the industry change often and its important that you remain up to speed with the latest looks and techniques. Asking colleagues can provide experience based knowledge on everything from effective techniques to customer service.
2. Invest in yourself.
Many stylists choose to attend privately run courses. Courses on a range of hairdressing topics take place at locations across the country held by some of the countries finest hairdressing bodies including L’Oreal, Schwarzkopf and many more. These offer an excellent opportunity to stay in tune with latest trends. (more…)
Over years of visiting Hair Salons across America, we have seen what one would consider to be horrendous acts of neglect and abuse to Styling Shears. We sell shears, so we might be a little anal when it comes to taking good care of your shears. I’ve been surprised to see everything from using a pair with a broken tip, to a pair dinged up so badly that they won’t even close all the way.
1. You can’t tighten them any more. You have tightened the screw down so tight that it will not come loose any more, or it is stuck.
2. Rusty Shears are Crusty Shears! If you see any rust at all on your shears, replace them immediately. Before your clients see it.
3. You can’t get the screw out. Scissors need to be taken apart to be cleaned properly, which should be done daily.
4. Old Faithful: You love your shears so much that you have not even considered a new pair in the last 5 years. Chances are, you will be surprised at the ease of use and quality of steel that is used in newer shears.
If you fall into any of these categories, you better go to our shop and buy some new scissors immediately. In early 2009, Shiro Shears started using the new Vacuum Heat Treatment Process: Temperature is controlled of a cycle of time in Shiro Shears Advanced Heat Treatment Process. This process is what makes Shiro Shears stand out from others. This extra step is what gives the steel its extra strength, and is key in creating alloys capable of holding the “Ultimate Edge”.
Curl queen Ouidad is giving one lucky stylist the opportunity to assist her in creating gorgeous runway curls backstage at an upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show in New York City. This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes a trip to New York City and two-night hotel stay from February 12 to 14. The yet-to-be-named show will take place on Sunday, February 13, and styling prep will start at 5pm. To enter, click here and fill out the entry form, then share two sentences about why you’re passionate about curls on Ouidad’s Facebook page.
I have heard it all from stylists about what you should and should not do when cutting curly hair, which got me thinking: What is the difference between shears and how they shape your hair?
For more information about this, I went straight to my local curly expert, Ron Valdez at Estilo Valdez Salon in Austin, TX. There are so many different types of shears on the market, each claiming that it is one and only tool you will need. Ron Valdez sings a different tune, “I cycle through six pairs of shears. You can’t tell which you will need to use until you cut down into the hair. Every head of hair is different, so it responds differently to each pair of scissors.”
How can you tell when you’re using the right pair or scissors? Valdez offers some advice, “Start off with one pair and (it) may change throughout the head. One pair won’t always cut it. When you close the shear and it glides through the hair and doesn’t push it out, that is the right type of shear for that hair.”
One glance at these scissors will tell you just how different they are from each other. Each is designed to perform a specific task—some are used to create subtle effects while others are perfect for basic haircuts.
What Type of Shear is Best for You?
You have some choices to make before you select the right pair of scissors. Of course, you’ll also want to shop around for the best prices.
Type of Blades
Beveled blades feature one serrated edge and are ideal for layered cuts, tapered cuts and the “scissor over the comb” method.
Convex blades are razor sharp and promise a clean, smooth, flawless cut. They are ideal for slide cutting.
Type of Handles
Opposing grips feature handles of the same length that are symmetrical to the center screw. It is perfect for individuals who cut with the thumb and middle finger.
Offset grips feature a short thumb handle and a longer finger handle. This allows natural, fluid movement and is ideal for individuals who cut with the thumb and ring finger.
Crane grips feature a long finger handle and an angled thumb. This ensures less strain on the wrist and shoulder and allows a freer, open cut.
Types of Thumb Grips
Standard thumb scissors feature a removable and reversible finger resting piece that can be attached to either the left or right. This allows individuals greater versatility (with left and right hand use.
Cutaway thumb scissors do not feature the reversible finger resting piece, but does provide exceptional comfort.
Anatomic thumb scissors allow for greater radial movement due to its curved design. Thus it provides more freedom of movement for the stylist.
Rotating thumb scissors are a new advancement in the haircutting industry. They reduce hand and wrist strain and feature an open-hand grip design, which reduces thumb “travel” and creates a more comfortable experience for the stylist.
Length of Blade
Choosing the blade length is really a matter of comfort and preferred styling methods. You will find you probably need to utilize several different types of scissors, but your hand should feel comfortable no matter what size it is.
Short blades are useful for detailed touchups, such as cutting around the ears or very close to the skin. This type of blade is recommended for all stylists; chances are it will be used frequently for more intricate cutting. The blade should be no longer than 5.5 inches.
Long blades are ideal for cutting thick hair, slide cutting, scissor over comb methods, and bobs, to name a few.
Some other features that stylists may choose to focus on include the production material of the shears, the method of production of the shears and the tension system the shears provide.
So how can you get hands-on experience using various shears with different curl patterns? The new stylists at Estilio Valdez ask their curly friends to come in for a cut, and Valdez even puts an ad on Craigslist for all types of curls to receive a free cut while the stylists are learning how to shape and style curls correctly.
The best advice Ron could give me was, “It’s a craft and just like any other craft, you will master it over time.”
by Megan Dorcey
Our hair is often the part of our body that comes under the most abuse, quite often self-inflicted. There are many weird and damaging things we do to our hair which can harm its condition, which can not only look bad but leave us prone to worrying about conditions such as hair loss or dry and brittle hair.
Some of the common problems which can cause serious damage to our hair have to do with the products we put on it for styling purposes. Products like hair spray, gel and wax can all have negative effects on the overall health of our hair; drying it out or not allowing our head, specifically our scalps breathe. This effect is worsened by some people not regularly washing this mixture of styling products out of their hair thoroughly at the end of the day.
If you don’t take proper care of your hair then there is a chance that it can become brittle, unattractive or in extreme cases: fall out. One common problem people experience is split ends, lots of products claim to fix split ends but the facts are that once they are split there is nothing you can do but get the affected areas cut. With long hair this is simple as you may find that a shorter style can look better than a long, untidy one. If you find you need to allow your hair to grow a bit before cutting the split ends away then you can use some products to make this less noticeable.
Some people do not give their hair the nutrients it needs and considering the air we encounter every day can have airborne pollutants such as car exhaust gases our hair can be left in a bad way at the end of the day. Making sure you use conditioner on your hair is important and people with long hair can sometimes not use conditioner as much as they need to.
You should be sure to use conditioner from root to tip. Another thing some long hair owners fail to do is dry out their hair thoroughly, after a shower or bath you should make sure to dry your hair out completely.
Another problem some people have with regards to moisture is frizz, frizz can occur when the humidity gets up and if your hair is particularly prone to this such as curly hair styles then you will likely need to quickly apply styling products after washing your hair and whilst using products regularly you should be sure to condition regularly in order to maintain your hair’s shine and body.Check online to get great deals on hair styling products and the best hair styling shears to get maximum control over your hair.
Author: Lee Enway
Here at Shiro Shears we absolutely love it when customers give us positive feedback. Here is an e-mail we received recently, thanks Jessica!
“Dear Shiro Shears,
I am writing you today to express my gratitude for making my purchase affordable and easy. I have been searching for a reasonably priced pair of shears to replace my old shears. When I came across your page on twitter, I looked at your website and was able to find a new set of hair cutting shears (including thinners) for a great price. I am usually hesitant to purchase expensive things online, but when I saw your payment plan option and 30-day returns I just couldn’t resist. For less than $30/month I now have an awesome pair of shears, and the thinning shears are surprisingly smooth. I am not used to using such nice thinning shears, and the difference is remarkable. I was a little worried about trying a pair of swivel-thumb shears, but I am pretty sure that the swivel-thumb is helping with the pain in my hands. It used to hurt really bad at the end of the day, but now its not quite as bad. I just wanted to thank you for making it easier for us hairdressers to afford nice shears.”
-Jessica Andres (Las Vegas, NV)