Choosing the Right Shears for You.
Why is it Important to Find the Right Shears?
The wrong shear can contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rotator Cuff, and other hand, arm, shoulder, neck and back problems. The right shear can prevent, or even cure, these problems. Also, poor quality shears will cost you more because they need to be sharpened more often.
What's the Perfect Length for me?
Most scissors range in length from 4.5” to 8”. To choose an all-around cutting tool, you should measure the length of the blade against your middle finger, and the overall length of the scissor against the extended palm of your hand.
Most smaller hands are more comfortable working with a 5.5” or 6.0" scissor, while most larger hands prefer a 6.0” or 6.5” shear.
Ultimately, comfort should be the most important factor.
Things to Consider:
If a shear is too light, it may not have the blade power to cut through thick or ethnic hair. If it is too heavy, it will cause hand pain.
If a shear is too short, you will work longer on each hair cut. If a shear is too long, you may cut yourself more often and not have precise control of the scissor tips.
A scissor that is not balanced properly will feel as if the blades and tips are very heavy and will lead to hand fatigue.