How to Measure Scissors

February 08, 2021

Although both the style and color of the scissors are both very important things to take into consideration when making a purchase, there's one more aspect to consider - the size. After all, the size really does matter - when it comes to blades, at least.

Unfortunately, knowing what size of scissors you should buy can be difficult - just as difficult as it is to understand the clothing sizes in most of today's shops (anyone else went from size 6 to 14 within one day?).

However, don't worry, as Scissor Tec comes to the rescue. We gathered everything (and by that, we mean EVERYTHING) we know about how are scissors measured, how to measure scissor blade length, scissors dimensions, and so much more so that it'll be easier for you to decide which one will be your perfect fit. So, let's not waste any more time and get right into it.

Why Is It So Important to Choose the Right Scissors?

Scissors are your tool of trade, just like a paintbrush is for a painter, or a scalpel is for a surgeon. It is only natural that you want them to be as comfortable for you to use as possible. After all, choosing the right pair of scissors can make or break a hairstyle.

How to Choose Hairdressing Scissors?

Let’s imagine you’re about to start a busy shift at the salon. A day like any other, except you have a new pair of scissors you thought was a great buy! Well, sorry friend - you were wrong.

After making your first cut of the day, you notice something just isn’t right with it. It didn't leave the hair looking perfectly cut how it should be - and the split ends are still there, even though cut them off! Could it be because the blade isn’t right? Could it be because the shears you bought are actually low-quality, but were so amazingly priced that you just thought - Hey! What's the worst that could happen?

Well, my friend, the worst did just happen!

Low-quality shears are the end of your career. Precisely why you need to invest in the best from the get-go! Otherwise, you will be the said hairdresser above - and no one wants that! You want to be the hairdresser people book in for MONTHS in advance, so get it!! Buy the high-quality amazing shears your career deserves!

However, quality is only one of the things you need to take into account when choosing the right pair of shears. There are a few more.

So, the next thing you'd want to consider is what type of hair cutting style you do the most, as this will determine which scissors will be the best choice for you. Do you create a lot of layers and soft edges? Or maybe you tend to do more blunt styles? If you're not sure (because, for example, you are very versatile and create just about anything you can think of), you should really consider getting a set so that no matter what you decide to do, you'll have an ideal pair of scissors to help you.

Another, rather obvious characteristic that you should think about is whether you should get left-handed or right-handed scissor. After all, you don't want to struggle when holding them, as it will definitely be reflected in the hairstyle you create.

Last but not least, you have to think about the size - which is the whole point of this article. Choosing the right size of hairdressing scissors might not be easy, but it's doable. Take any hairdressing scissors you have close to you. Place them on the palm of your hand, so that the finger hole touches the base of your thumb and the tip of the blade is in the last section of your middle finger.

Keep in mind that you can use this method also to find your ideal size of barber scissors.

How To Measure Hairdressing Scissors

Once you know what scissors are of an ideal size for you, you need to measure them so that you’ll know which one to order when purchasing a new pair online. The best way to measure scissors is simply by using a ruler. Place the scissors and the ruler parallel to each other. There you go, now you know how long your scissors are.

Measuring the length of hair scissors

Important: When measuring scissors, you need to remember to do it from the finger hole all the way to the tip of the blade. Never add the finger rest to your measurements. Sure, the original German method did include the finger rest. However, lately, it has become popular to sell hairdressing scissors with a screw-on finger rest.

Scissor Lengths at Scissor Tech

Here at Scissor Tech, we want our customers to have plenty of options, which is why most of our scissors range in length from 5.5’ to 7’. ". No matter if you are a professional hairdresser, a barber, or just someone who enjoys cutting their friends' hair, you should have no problem finding a suitable pair for you.

And if you have any issues, or would simply like to find out more about the products, don't hesitate to contact our customer service. They will be more than happy to assist you and help you find your perfect pair of hairdressing scissors.


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