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How to Choose Hairdressing Scissors

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Scissors are of the most important tools professional barbers and hairdressers have for doing their jobs. This key piece of their toolbox needs to perform at high standards, as it can greatly impact the work they do as well as their experience.

If you want to find your perfect pair of hair cutting scissors like those utilised by Scissor Tech Australia, there are a few things you should consider.


At stores, some people might advise measuring the scissors against your hand but this might not be the best way to decide the size of the shears.

When choosing your scissors, look for one you can use when cutting the hair while holding it (these should be smaller) and a larger pair for cutting using techniques that don’t need you to hold the hair.

The right handle

With thousands of different scissors on the market, it can get confusing to choose one that will satisfy your needs. The key is to know the three general categories they fall into:

Opposing grip: they have both thumb and finger hole directly opposed to each other. When using them, you’ll put some strain in your thumb and will need to raise your elbow.

Offset handle: these have a smaller thumb loop so you don’t have to pull back the thumb too much but you’ll still need to raise your elbow.

Crane handle: these handles are offset and sometimes can also have rotating thumb holes. They work great to reduce the stress put on the hand when working and allow you to rest your elbow, avoiding neck and shoulder pain.


There are two main types of blades. Depending on your style you might feel better with one or the other:

Convex edge: also known as “Japanese style” blades. They’re smooth and incredibly sharp, perfect for slicing.

Bevelled edge: these lightweight blades often have micro serrations on the blades, which are great for novice hairdressers as it avoids the hair from slipping down the blade.

A final point you should consider is the work and styles you usually do at the salon, to get scissors that can help you create texture or a special scissor for dry hair can make your job easier.

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