Best Hair Cutting Shears for Beginners

October 06, 2021

Becoming a hairdresser is definitely not a piece of cake - we get that. There’s plenty of things you need to learn about, from what kind of hair textures there are (different textures require different hair cutting techniques), what hair colors will be the most suitable for your client’s skin complexion, to what types of hair cutting shears there are, and what purpose they serve (aside from cutting hair, of course). 

The beginning is never easy - it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about hair cutting or becoming a doctor (each of them is difficult in its own way). However, it’s crucial that you do things at your own pace - don’t listen to people that tell you, ‘Oh, you don’t know that? Well, I knew it within the first week.’ 

However, before you dive deep into the art of hairdressing, you need to purchase a very important item - one that is as important as lipstick for Kylie Jenner. You need your first pair of professional scissors so that you canfeel like a professional hairdresser, even if you’re simply on your way to become one. 

With the wide selection of hair-cutting scissors available, you might be asking yourself, ‘How the hell am I supposed to choose? There are too many!’ Well, that’s why we are here. What? Did you think we were going to leave you on your own with such an important decision? No way Jose! That would be plain cruel of us. 

Instead, we prepared a whole list filled with what we believe are the best hair cutting shears for a beginner such as yourself. Ready? Let’s dive into it then! 

Before the Purchase

Before we start, there’s one thing we need to stress - you don’t need to spend a fortune on your first pair of scissors, especially if you don’t know if that’s exactly what you want to be. There are several good pairs that won’t make that big of a dent in your pocket. 

Once you get the hang of it and decide, ‘Yes, that’s my job! That’s what I want to do for the rest of my life!’ then, yes, please, go ahead and buy even a thousand-dollar pair! We’ll even help you pick! But before that, just make sure that the pair you choose is the right one for you. 

And that’s the second thing we want to talk about. 

Not every pair of scissors will be the perfect fit. It’s almost impossible to find ‘the one’ among hairdressing scissors within the first, or even the second time you’ll make a purchase. You need to test the waters and see what it is that you like. Do you want your scissors to have a removable finger rest, or maybe you prefer those with a permanent one? What kind of edge do you want? Do you want scissors made from stainless steel or some other material? 

There’s a lot, and we mean A LOT of things that go into the perfect pair of hair-cutting scissors. 

Now that this is out of the way, let’s focus on what you came here for - what hair cutting shears are the best option for beginners. 

Best Basic Hair Cutting Scissors

Every hairdresser needs a pair of the most basic scissors - and what’s a better choice than Sozu’s Basics Hair Cutting Scissor? These classic silver scissors are the best way to start your collection. Although they are quite affordable, they don’t look cheap, as it is sometimes the case with budget scissors. 

Those ergonomic shears are not only useful, but they are also very beautiful with the elegant floral design decorating the finger holes. Depending on what size you need, you can choose a 5.5 inch and 6-inch pair. 

Aside from the scissors, you will also receive a hard case, spare plastic finger inserts, tension key, and scissor oil. 

What’s Included: 

  • Beautiful design with floral accent
  • Great value
  • 5.5 inch or 6-inch sizes to choose from
  • Handmade blade
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Scissor case, Scissor Oil, Extra finger inserts, Cleaning Cloth and tension adjuster. 


Best Scissors For Thinning Hair

Different people have different hair. Those who are lucky, usually have beautiful long, beautiful, thick hair. However, thick hair, although desired by many, can be really difficult to deal with. 

That’s why some people thin it out, and as a hairdresser, you need to prepare to be able to accommodate such a client - it’s precisely why you need to have at least one pair of thinning shears

There are many benefits of thinning out hair, including making it less difficult to style, adding texture, adding volume (in some cases) or making your hair look softer and wispier. 

Now, you might be wondering -Okay, I get why I should learn such skill, but which scissors will help me with that? Haven’t you learned? That’s why WE are here! 

Thinning scissors are a little bit different from the classic shears. The blades are made with notches of teeth, that helps you control the amount of hair that is going to be cut off. 

When it comes to which thinner will be the best choice, we highly recommend the Matsui Matte Black 6 Inch Offset Thinner. This pair of scissors includes an offset handle, which provides you with extra comfort, as well as a superior hollow ground design, which ensures longevity and durability! 

What’s Included: 

  • Timeless, classic design
  • Made from hard steel
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Scissor case, Scissor oil, Extra finger inserts, Cleaning cloth and tension adjuster.  


Best Scissor Kit

There’s nothing worse than not being able to provide your clients with what they wish because you don’t have the right hair-cutting scissors to do what they want. No matter if you are still learning, or you already have some experience, it’s crucial that you have a few different types of hair shears to choose from, so that you can provide your clients, or practice, almost any hairstyle in the world. 

So, which scissor set will be the best choice for a beginner wanting to improve their skills? There’s only one answer - the Matsui Apprentice Scissors Kit. Made from premium Achei Japanese steel and designed especially for apprentices who are just learning the art of hairdressing, this set has everything you will need. 

The Matsui’s scissor kit consists of three pairs of hair cutting shears - a 5.5-inch Apprentice Cutting Scissor, a 6-inch Apprentice Cutting Scissor with serration for blunt cutting, and a 6-inch Apprentice Thinning Scissor. 

What’s more, it comes with a case, razor, spare blades, scissor oil, cleaning cloth, tension adjuster, and spare finger inserts, which means you’ll have everything you need to take care of your hair-cutting shears like a pro! 

And you want to know what the best part is? There’s a lefty version! Yes, if your left hand is your dominant, you can easily purchase this set in a version adapted to you! Isn’t it amazing? 

What else is included?  

  • Made of premium Achei Japanese steel
  • Available in the lefty version 
  • Lifetime warranty 
  • Comes with a whole set of equipment that makes taking care of your scissors easier


Best Colorful Scissors

Everyone needs a bit of color in their life, so why not add it through scissors? We can guarantee that using scissors that you actually like the look of will make your work a lot easier and pleasurable. 

As we already mentioned, as a hairdresser, even in the early stages of learning, you should have a variety of different scissors to choose from. However, buying them individually can be quite expensive, especially if you decide to buy the more pricey ones from the start. So, what can you do?

Buy them in a set! 

After all, usually, when you buy a set, the price for a pair is a lot lower than if you were to buy them separately. 

This particular set, which we think will be perfect for learning how to do many exquisite hair cuts, is made of two pairs of scissors - a 5.5’ ergonomic shears with a handmade blade and 5.7’ thinning scissors with 27 teeth. 

The set is available in a few different colors - black (if you want to add a bit of elegance to your collection), silver (a classic, nothing more to add), or pink rainbow (for when you want to make your everyday life at least slightly more interesting and colorful). 

When purchasing this set, aside from two pairs of scissors, you will receive a hard case to keep them protected, as well as accessories, such as spare plastic finger inserts, tension key, or scissor oil. 

Best parts? that’s easy!  

  • Beautiful color and overall design
  • Great value
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Lifetime warranty

Scissors Buyer’s Guide - What to Consider Before Finalizing the Buy

Buying shears - no matter if it’s your first or your fiftieth pair - is not easy. However, there’s something you can do to make the process slightly more bearable - educate yourself. Think about it - wouldn’t buying scissors be a more pleasurable experience if youknew what to look for?

There are a few things you should definitely know about when it comes to scissors, especially if you are planning on staying in the hairdressing business. What are those? Let us tell you, and while we’re at it, we’ll share what we know about them. 

Types of Blades

If you thought that there’s only one type of blade available, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are actually three: 

  • Convex- this one is reserved for professionals who know how to handle it, as it is a lot sharper than the other two. 
  • Semi convex- these blades are a perfect mix between convex and beveled edge ones. Even if they are narrower than the beveled edge, they aren’t close to the real convex edge. It’s also worth mentioning that scissors featuring this type of blade are sharper than those with beveled edges. 
  • Beveled edge - this type of blade is slightly older and the least expensive, but also the least ergonomic. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad, though! Beveled edge blades can still do a great job when used in the right way.

Types of Hair Shear Handles

Just like there are different types of blades, there are also different types of handles: 

  • Classic - The name is probably self-explanatory. This is the type of handle most people are familiar with, as it is present not only among hairdressing shears, but every type of scissors there is. It is the best choice for those who prefer to hold their hair-cutting shears with their middle finger, and not the ring finger. 
  • Offset - The offset handle is a very common choice among hairdressers who actually hold their scissors with their ring finger. The way it is designed allows for a more relaxed position when you’re cutting hair, which minimizes the risk of wrist injury in the later stage of your hairdressing career. 
  • Crane (increased offset) - Although not as popular as the other two, the crane design has enough devotees for scissor companies to produce models with it. It is mostly used by hairdressers that experience back and/or neck pain. 
    • Swivel- Probably the least popular out of all handle designs. It was designed to grant hairdressers with ease when cutting hair. Because of the less restrictive feel, your thumb is in the correct position no matter the angle you’re cutting at. 

    Which To Use For What

    As someone who wants to improve their skills, as well as learn something new, you need to know what kind of scissors you will need for what. We won’t be able to get into much detail (because honestly, it would be a little too much), but still, we feel it’s something you should be aware of. So, here is what you need if you want to: 

    Intricate Styles 

    Since intricate styles require attention to detail and focus, you should choose a shorter pair of shears, preferably somewhere between 5 and 5.5 inches. Smaller sizes give you more control over the cut.

    Point Cutting

    If you want to use point cutting technique on your clients, then you need a pair of straight hair shears with thumb rings that align on top of each other - they will allow you to blend in the layers seamlessly. To be more comfortable, choose a pair with a classic handle. 

    Straight Line Cutting

    This is a technique used for blunt cuts, which require a lot of precision - you need to keep your hand and fingers as steady as possible when doing it, or else you risk ruining the haircut. The best choice, when it comes to which scissors you should use for this technique, are those with short and angled handles - not only do they provide you with comfort, but also support for your hand. 

    Thinning and Texturizing 

    Every hairdresser knows that hairdressing is more than just cutting hair or dying it another color. Sometimes, you might need to add texture to your client’s hair because it lost it a long time ago. Sometimes, you might have to thin out the client’s hair because it is so thick that it is too much to handle for them. Depending on what you do, you’ll have to either use thinning or texturizing scissors. Here is how to know the difference between them: 

    • Thinning shears, as the name suggests, are used for thinning hair. They usually have up to 40 blades (but they can have more) on one blade, while the other is left plain and straight. The more teeth the scissors have, the more hair will be thinned. 
    • Texturizing shears are used to add texture to the hair. Usually, they have anywhere between 5 and 25 teeth distanced evenly. The fewer teeth the shears have, the more aggressive the haircut will be. 

    Our Brand

    Here at Scissor Tech, we understand that not everyone is born a professional hairdresser - and that's completely okay! It is also precisely why our inventory is inclusive of all skill levels. No matter if you are just starting your hair cutting journey, or if you already have experience, you are bound to find something for yourself!

    In our offer, you can find a variety of hairdressing and barber tools - only from reliable brands, like Matsui or Yasaka. Aside from traditional, classic shears that will be perfect for any person, no matter if they are a hairdresser or just someone who wants to cut their hair at home, you can find all sorts of professional hair-cutting shears that will complete your collection just fine. 

    And in case you have any doubts or questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Our team of professionals will be more than happy to assist you and help you make a perfect choice. Thank you for shopping at Scissor Tech! 

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