Today, I want to teach you about some of the common hair cutting tools that are used in the hair industry…
1. Shears (Scissors)
Shears are the most basic and commonly-used tools to cut hair. They are essentially just scissors designed to cut hair.
Unlike your kitchen scissors, they are very sharp and made to deliver a clean cut without folding or bending the hair. Shears should be used to create harder lines unlike other tools.
I have only ever used Kissaki Shears and thoroughly enjoy them.
2. Thinning Shears / Texturizing Shears
Thinning shears are used to either thin the hair or texturize the ends. They can also be used to create volume. They can create a similar look to a razor, but more uniform. Sometimes, it can help stubborn hair lay down better.
On the other hand, a lot of people are opposed to using them, although it is really a matter of preference. Be careful, not to cut lower than the hair’s natural bending point, or else that hair will stick up.
I would definitely invest in a good pair of thinning shears. I used a very cheap pair for years until my nicer pair was given to me and it makes a huge difference, believe me.
3. Straight Razor / Razor Comb
In beauty school, they make you learn to cut hair with a straight razor, but I really enjoy using a razor comb.
I feel like the razor combs are so much easier to control. In either case, a razor creates a really soft, jagged look. If you don’t like hard lines, talk to your stylist about this.
Be careful using it yourself though, because the razors are super sharp and can leave your hair a mess if you don’t know what you’re doing. Like the thinning shears, some people prefer not to use a razor. Also, note that it can wreak havoc on curly hair.
This might be pretty basic knowledge, but clippers are used to create very short cuts such as fades and military haircuts.
I think that Oster Classic 76’s are pretty much the greatest thing ever! They are expensive but the cut they deliver is so clean and precise. Oster offers blending blade attachments to make sure your fades are perfect. Once again, if you don’t know what you’re doing, I wouldn’t recommend trying it, because it could end up in a disaster.
5. Edger / Trimmer
These little guys are basically just for cleaning up edges on short haircuts. I really like the Oster T-Finisher.
Do you have any experience with any of these hair cutting tools? Are there any other types of tools I left out? Say what you think in the comments section below!
With an extensive knowledge of hair color science and over 12 years as a licensed cosmetologist working in the hair industry, Hollee feels the need to share her passion for beauty with the world. She specializes in hair color science, hairstyles, hair hacks, hair knowledge, and how things work in the hair industry. She enjoys sharing her expertise and helping people achieve their personal hair goals.