For a busy barber, a good shear isn’t just the tool of the trade: it’s what transforms your cuts into well-crafted masterpieces that keep your clients returning time and time again. A good shear won’t just give you a clean cut each time, it will also spare your hands and shoulders the many aches and pains that come after long days of repetitive movements.
Hair can have a transformative effect on our confidence and personality. Unsurprisingly, a new style if the first thing a client considers when needing a fresh outlook on life. A subtle change is often the best starting point: a few layers for volume, gentle highlights for a summer vibe, a sultry ombré in the fall. However, there will always be those customers who are after something more dramatic.
At SENSEI, we believe beginning hairdressers should focus on three factors in choosing their scissors. First, the handle design should be healthy for the stylist. Awkward handles can cause repetitive strain injuries and shorten your budding career. A Crane or Rotating Crane handle has been proven to be the best design for the health of your hand.
Your scissors are the primary tools of the haircutting craft. If they are made right, they perform with less effort and the results are more consistent. If they are poorly made, you have to push harder to close the blades each time and you have to chase the hair as it slips away, costing you time and effort. You also have to sharpen them much sooner costing you money and downtime. You can also be limited in terms of cutting options.
SENSEI is the only collection of scissors that have been designed by a team with expertise in Ergonomics and Metallurgy. Sensei is the only line where every model starts with an ergonomic design. No matter what SENSEI shear you buy, you are getting a healthy handle design.
Traditional thinning and blending shears have a tendency to remove texture as they cut. For more textured haircuts like layers and pixie cuts, we recommend using a texture shear like our 14 Tooth PointCut™ texture shear.
Today we are writing to tell you about a technique that uses texture shears to make your clients with low hair density look fuller. This is especially important for women with fine hair who still want a nicely layered cut but doesn’t leave the perimeter feeling sparse or for men in the early stages of hair loss on the top of their head.
Through your time in school and working in your salon or barber shop, you might have heard a lot of mixed messages for deciding the right length shear to use. At Sensei we feel the length of your shear shouldn’t be decided by a feature of your anatomy as some people believe. Instead, we feel the length of the shear should be decided by what you’re going to use it for. Short hair cutting shears and long hair cutting shears each function best by the certain types of hair and haircuts they are used for. We recommend having both a longer and a shorter shear so you can use the best type of shear for your particular client. But even if you prefer just having one length of shear to use for every type of hair, considering the main types of haircuts you perform is a really important part of deciding what that shear should be.
When it comes to choosing your hair cutting shears, the most important component is what you’re going to be using the shears for. The various techniques that are used to create the perfect cut often require a different blade length or texture. So, what technique needs what shear?
Working with the right hair cutting shears – and knowing how to care for them – can improve your performance, help you to get the most from your investment in your shears and ensure you avoid injury. These three key questions answer just about everything you need to know when it comes to hair cutting shears.