Let’s face it, when it comes to hair tools there are hundreds out there.
- What brand do you pick?
- How much do you spend?
- What do you need to look for?
- What should they do?
- What should they include?
These are just many questions we ask ourselves when it comes to picking the correct cutting tools, the main tools used in cutting are typically scissors and clippers.
First let’s look at a few different types of scissors…
When it comes to picking scissors the main things you want to bear in mind are:
- Left or Right-Handed.
- Straight or Offset. Straight are a more basic design whereas offset allow you to use them more naturally.
- Length of blade.
When choosing your scissor length, I always say that the blade should sit comfortably in the palm of your hand, so for instance if this is 5inches, you would go for a 5-inch blade.
I always go for a 4.5-5-inch blade as I can control them easier, however this length isn’t for everyone, I would suggest trying them for comfort before buying.
Here are two of my favourites:
How do you hold scissors?
To hold your scissors properly is slightly different to holding kitchen scissors.
With the screw facing you, your thumb goes in the bottom whole, with your third finger in the top whole, your other fingers can then rest on the top, with your pinkie finger resting on the finger rest.
See picture below.
Next let’s take a look at clippers…
When it comes to picking clippers the main things you want to bear in mind are:
- What do you want them for?
- How long do you want them to last?
- What do you need them to include?
- How much do you want to spend?
My go to clipper brand is always Wahl as they are easy to handle, they have good longevity and they have different ones to suit different needs.
Here are two of my favourites haircutters:
How do you hold clippers?
The best way to hold your clippers is to have your four fingers around the handle and your thumb on top, this will give you better control over your clippers.
See picture below.
Once you have your tools the most important thing is maintaining them.
How to main haircutters
Scissors should be maintained by keeping them in a soft case to avoid any damage, these are great as you can keep any other tools, such as clips and combs in here also.
With professional scissors, once dropped they can break very easily, as the blades become unaligned. Unfortunately, most of the time they cannot be repaired due to how delicate they are, so look after them.
Getting your scissors sharpened on a regular basis will help to keep them working to their full potential, however I would only recommend getting this done a maximum of two times.
Clippers should be maintained by keeping them clean and disinfected, this spray is really quick and easy to use.
You should also use clipper oil regularly as it will ensure that the clipper blade will stay sharper for longer. Simply apply a few drops, turn the clipper on and let it run for a few seconds.
Other things you may want to invest in are a good comb and clips…
These are my all-time favourite combs; I won’t use anything else now. They are lightweight, easy to handle, have fine and wide teeth and they have at the end they have a feature making it easy to section.
In summary, picking your tools is really all about comfort and personal preference, so pick them up, handle them and see which ones suit you best!