Thinking About Your Scissor Toolkit

In beauty school we all were taught to use a 5.5” shear and a thinner to do all our haircuts.  While it’s true you can do hair that way, is that really the best way to work today?  SENSEI just completed  a video class for beauty students where stylist Wendy Cisneros showed how to use five different scissor types to create a modern shag cut that was finished in minutes.

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Why Ergonomic Shears Are Essential for Every Hairdresser 

Every stylist should start their scissor shopping by choosing a handle design that allows them to work in a comfortable body position. For a professional who uses shears all day in the salon, not paying attention to ergonomics is a mistake that can cost you your career. Continue reading “Why Ergonomic Shears Are Essential for Every Hairdresser ”

How To Blend Long Hair With Texture Shears

3 Techniques for Removing Weight From Hair

Nearly every day, hairdressers are faced with the need to remove excess weight from hair styles they are creating. I think removing weight in a haircut can be done for two main reasons. One is just to release some bulk or to blend out weight lines. In that case you are not trying to create more volume. The other is when you want to create negative space or visible separation in hair to enhance the texture and movement of the hair. Removing weight from hair can be a great way to give your hair a more lively aesthetic.

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How To Choose the Right Texturing Shears

There are many times in the process of haircutting when the objective is to either remove weight or control the weight distribution within the haircut. There are also many times when the goal is to add texture or reduce bluntness within the haircut. In both cases texture shears can be a big help.  

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How To Add Texture to Long Hair

Adding texture to long hair helps to create movement and interest. Although texturizing long hair can be tricky, there are several ways to do it. You can use a DrySlide™ shear to add vertical layering to hair, cutting each hair to a unique length as you slide. These specialty shears allow you to do this without damaging the client’s hair. Slide cutting with a normal precision shear is possible, and stylists have done it for years, but there is a problem with doing that. Precision shears can cut straight lines only because they have an edge that is designed to grip the cuticle of the hair to keep it from pushing away. Continue reading “How To Add Texture to Long Hair”

A Quick Guide to Grooming Shear Care

Taking proper care of your grooming shears will help them to last for decades of professional use. Maintenance is simple, really. There are several tips to help you when undergoing grooming shear care. First, get in the habit of cleaning your tools off at the end of every day. Simply wipe the blades with a towel to remove any residue from the blades and make sure they are cleaned off. Then, apply a drop of clipper oil to the open pivot of the shear, and open and close them a couple of times with the blades pointed downward to help the oil flush out the area under the tension screw. Continue reading “A Quick Guide to Grooming Shear Care”

Proper Maintenance of Swivel Shears

SENSEI Swivel Thumb shears are trouble free. We invented our unique recessed washer system that keeps the nylon bearings safe and secure unlike other brands, where they tend to wear out quickly. They have a screw that you can easily adjust with a penny or a dime. The key thing is to not let the thumb get loose, so it rotates on its own when you remove your thumb. If the thumb ring turns on its own after you take out your thumb, turn the screw slightly to the right until it stays in place but still can turn smoothly when you want it to. Continue reading “Proper Maintenance of Swivel Shears”

The Difference Between Thinning and Texturizing Shears

How can you tell a thinning shear from a texturizing shear and what are the pluses and minuses of each. 

Given the fact that scissors are the most important haircutting tool, it is amazing how little info is taught about them at most beauty schools.  So, we thought it would be helpful to try to break it down for you. 

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The Best Metal for Hair Cutting Shears

Another question stylists are confronted with when trying to choose a hair shear, is what kind of metal should the shear should be made from? Shear makers talk about all different types of steel, and hairdressers really don’t know enough about the different alloys or blends of steel to make an informed choice. SENSEI will try to demystify this subject and give hairdressers some knowledge about the various steels used for scissors. First off, it is important to address why the steel even matters for scissors. Continue reading “The Best Metal for Hair Cutting Shears”

How To Choose the Correct Shear Size

One of the decisions a hairdresser must make each time they buy a scissor is what sizes to get. In beauty school, most stylists learn with a 5.5” scissor which they are often taught to do everything with. SENSEI believes the length of the hair shear should be driven more by the cutting techniques you use. The 5.5” shear from beauty school is an ideal length for cutting the hair held between the fingers—no doubt. That size gives you enough blade to cut to your second knuckle, which is as far as you really should cut Continue reading “How To Choose the Correct Shear Size”