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 “Ergonomic 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.Continue reading “Removing Weight From 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Many stylists find themselves wondering what kind of shears would be the healthiest over the long run for them to use. The answer, without a doubt, is Swivel Thumb hair cutting shears. SENSEI invented the Swivel Thumb shear in 1981. Our goal was to accomplish three major improvements in the stylist cutting position. First, a Rotating Thumb shear allows you to keep your Continue reading “The Benefits of Swivel Thumb Hairdressing Scissors”
It is important to trim the hair that can grow between your dog’s paw pads. If it gets too long, it can collect a lot of dirt and debris during walks, and it can also make it slippery for the dog to walk on wood flooring. Trimming this hair should be done carefully to avoid cutting the dogs pads. It can be done with a small clipper, or if you prefer to use a shear, we recommend you use Blunt Nose curved dog grooming shears to further reduce the risk of cutting the pad.
When you work as a professional dog groomer, the tools you use are crucial to completing each job in a quality manner. Professional grooming shears are significantly different from hair cutting shears—if the shears a groomer uses aren’t specifically meant for coarse pet hair, then they may not be able to complete the job at all. As such, finding the models that work best on dogs’ thick undercoats can take a bit of research. These are the different types of pet grooming shears and what to look for when you’re purchasing these products for your tool kit.