Best hair shears and thinning scissors: snip in 2017!

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I’ll be blunt. For me, no barbershop or home can be considered as “completed” without a set of hair cutting scissors. It doesn’t matter if they’re top professional shears or just your regular hair scissors.

Perhaps this rather stern view I hold is due to me being a barber for a few years…

Anyway! Both home users and barbers will find different benefits in using hair shears.

My top pick for standard hair shears would be Got Glamour cobalt. If you want quality thinning scissors, I recommend Equinox Razor Edge.

For home users, a set of the best hair cutting scissors means your quality haircut on a better budget than hair clippers.

For barbers, thinning scissors or texturizing shears will complement your stylist efforts and shape a better cut.

A long time ago, I was into fancy scissors like this pair I owned:

After that, my preferences shifted to simply, yet practical tools.

I won’t simply throw some reviews of the top rated hair cutting shears your way, though. I’ll focus on details like the different types of scissors for cutting hair and how to use thinning scissors.

Snip-snip! 

Performance
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  • Got Glamour Cobalt
  • Scissors type:
    Hair shears.
  • Size:
    6" or 7" as per choice.
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Ergonomics:
    ★★★★★
  • Left-handed use:
    No.
  • Price: $$
Budget
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  • Utopia Care Razor Edge
  • Scissors type:
    Hair shears.
  • Size:
    6.5"
  • Blades:
    ★★★★
  • Ergonomics:
    ★★★★
  • Left-handed use:
    No.
  • Price: $
Package
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  • Mosher Salon Tools
  • Scissors type:
    Hair shear + thinning scissor set.
  • Size:
    6" for both tools.
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Ergonomics:
    ★★★★½
  • Left-handed use:
    Yes.
  • Price: $$+
Value
EquiGet1
  • Equinox Razor Edge
  • Scissors type:
    Thinning scissors.
  • Size:
    6.5"
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Ergonomics:
    ★★★★½
  • Left-handed use:
    Possible, but not that convenient.
  • Price: $$
Texture
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  • Suvorna Razeco e15
  • Scissors type:
    Thinning shears (texturizing-ready.)
  • Size:
    6.5"
  • Blades:
    ★★★★★
  • Ergonomics:
    ★★★★½
  • Left-handed use:
    Possible, but still inconvenient.
  • Price: $$-

The best hair cutting shears

Best performance hair shears:
Got Glamour cobalt

No doubt: Got Glamour’s tools wins the award for the best convex hair scissors on the market. Let’s start with two things. First, they are made in the USA with American traditions in mind. Second, their steel is strengthened by cobalt and molybdenum.

What this effectively means is that your barber scissors will last longer, while the molybdenum adds flexibility to the way the hair shears move. To top it off, these professional shears come in either 6″ or 7″ size. You can pick the length you prefer, unlike other fixed size models.

At 1.4 ounces, the 6″ Got Glamour is very light and won’t tire your hands. To further reduce fatigue, you have a delicate offset handle. Ultimate control and stable stance are guaranteed by a removable finger insert and stylish pinky rest.

If you have bigger fingers, just remove the insert and continue with your work. I picked this set as the best shears for hair stylists exactly due to their ergonomics and readiness for long haircuts. The sharpness of the convex blades outshines other similarly priced competitors.

The only downside I’d like to mention is that these professional hair scissors aren’t a great fit for left-handed people. You might want to consider another model in case you cut with your left hand.

Best budget hair cutting scissors:
Utopia Care Razor Edge

Utopia Care’s scissors win my pick for the best budget hair cutting shears. The first thing you’ll notice here is the eye-catching design. A red stone etched onto the classy black blades. The rubber finger inserts also look great as if they had white stars on them.

Onto the important things: this set of professional scissors comes with convex blades made of solid Japanese stainless steel. They will be a bit heavier, but quite durable. At 6.5″ instead of 5.5″, they are also better to use if you want less cuts with more coverage.

Another good feature are the removable rubber inserts. If you have bigger fingers, you surely struggle with tighter scissor inserts. Here you have a simple and quick solution for a better fit.

The haircut scissors will also come with a leather storage case for extra convenience.

Some weaker points: there are better professional shears for left-handed stylists out there. The Utopia Care set also isn’t the sharpest tool. However, considering their price, these are the best hair shears for tighter budgets.

Best hair shear + thinning scissor set:
Mosher Salon Tools

In case you wanted a combination of regular hair scissors and a thinning shear, Mosher Salon has got you covered. 6″ in size, this 2-in-1 package is reserved for those who value professional quality and ergonomics.

If you’re left-handed, rejoice: both shears here are a good fit for lefties so you’re good to go. What makes these especially good as scissors for hair stylists is the product’s focus on ergonomics and blade sharpness.

With Japanese steel quality and handmade, hollow ground convex blades, these will go through any hair type. Perfect for longer styling sessions and quite versatile as you’ve got two types of barber scissors at your disposal.

For your convenience, you’re also getting an exquisite leather case. It’s above the average quality and adds a neat touch to the package you’re already getting. Very comfortable to carry around too.

What you might not like here is the fact that there are no removable inserts. In other words, if you have quite big hands, these otherwise top rated hair cutting shears might not fit you optimally.

In this case, you can opt in for Equinox’s set of 6.5″ scissors with removable inserts.

Best thinning and texturizing shears

Best value thinning shears:
Equinox Razor Edge

Equinox have more than 2000 reviews with a 4.7/5 rating at the time of writing this list. This is a brand every stylist is familiar with. There’s a good reason for that: the flawless quality of their tools, be it texturizing shears, hair thinning scissors or standard hair shears.

The design of these 6.5″ hair thinning scissors is sleek and simply exquisite. I really like the golden painted tension screw on top of the clean metal. The blades’ texture makes sure no hair clogs the thinning blades which usually is a major gripe for any stylist.

Speaking of blades…You’ve got convex hollow ground blade made of the highest quality Japanese 420 steel. Coarse, curly, straight hair…it doesn’t matter, these barber blending scissors cut with precision and sharpness.

Equinox offer two types of thinning scissors. With Style B thinning shears, you have rubber removable inserts. I suggest you pick this variation if you have bigger hands.

Honestly, there’s not a single drawback I can mention with this model. The brand also gives you a 30-day money back guarantee, which further shoots these as the best thinning shears I’d recommend you.

Best texturizing shears:
Suvorna Razeco e15

Suvorna is another well-known brand that produces high quality thinning scissors and barber shears. What you might notice with this model is the extremely polished looks. No ornaments, no detractions from their core concept: to provide precise, sharp and professional cuts.

The 6.5″ Razeco e15 features 30 blade teeth for outstanding layering, thinning or texturizing. The stainless steel is strengthened by carbon – it’ll stay sharper and last longer than usual scissor blades. No compromise on performance, as expected of Suvorna and their convex blades.

Moving on to ergonomics, once again you have a detachable finger rest here. Your thinning scissor will also come with black rubber inserts. Unlike other thinning shears, these inserts will not be installed straight out the package.

In other words, if you have bigger hands, you can just get to work and snip some hair. Suvorna have thought about convenience and you’ll also receive a pouch to store these blending scissors in.

As a downside, the aforementioned inserts might be a tad too big for the holes and not fit properly. This can be frustrating if you have especially small hands. Also, they are not an eye-candy like other models…but if you’re a result-driven person, that won’t matter at all.

The different types of scissors for cutting hair

As with many other things in our lives, scissors aren’t a uniformed tool. There’s quite a few types of shears that differ in their purpose and in the way you can use them.

Regular hair scissors vs
Thinning hair shears

This is simple: with regular hair scissors, you just aim to shorten the length. You’ll notice that both pivoted blades here are flat, just as other purpose scissors.

Thinning scissors, however, are for more detailed work. Instead of cutting in bulk and reducing length, they are used to lower the hair thickness. You will see that either one of the pivoted blades or both of them have small teeth. It’s exactly those teeth that achieve blending and texturing.

Within hair thinning shears, you will find another two types.

Regular thinning shears vs
Blending scissors

As I mentioned before, both types of scissors here aim to reduce density and “design” a hairstyle. However, there are two important nuances:

  • Hair thinning shears are better at styling bigger volumes of hairstyles. Blending shears cut less hair for a natural transition and delicate work.

  • Thinning scissors often have teeth on both their blades. With blending cutting shears, one of the blades will have teeth, while the other remains flat.

Here’s a very interesting video on why and when would you use blending scissors, instead of the regular thinning ones.

Tips when thinning hair with scissors

Be careful with your hair type

Probably you already considered that, but your hair type also plays a role in using thinning shears. An important reference point in using the proper hair cutting scissors for your hair should be the blades.

Shears that have a higher amount of teeth are perfect for fine, medium and straight or wavy hair types.

If you have curly hair, you should opt for scissors with less teeth with more width between them. These are perfect as chunking scissors that will remove the bulkier curly hair types. Wider teeth won’t work properly on straight hair, so don’t experiment with this!

Don’t forget to sharpen your scissors

Especially if you use your hair cutting shears often, you want to sharpen them from time to time. What I advise you to do is to perform basic maintenance every 6 months to an year. This depends on how much you use them.

I warn you: this can be a bit complicated with higher end cutting shears. You’ll also need a special sharpening stone. It’s all up to you, but for beginners, I advise you leave that to a specialist the first few times. Here’s the general process summed up in a video.

Match the scissors to your dominant hand

If you’re left-handed, don’t feel pressured to stick to right-handed scissors. There’s quite a few left-handed best professional shears around. Your convenience is the most important thing, after all.

How to use thinning scissors

Honestly, layering your hair/thinning your hair out with scissors isn’t such a big deal if you want something simple. Here are the most important steps you should follow. Don’t worry, you’ll get better with practicing!

Prepare your hair

This is crucial. Your hair should be brushed/combed and dry, by all means. Aim for absolutely smooth locks with no tangled ends.

Using thinning scissors on wet hair is a catastrophe. Moist hair clumps together, so you risk cutting way more than you intended initially. Don’t make this mistake and dry your hair out properly.

Pick a hair section

This is your starting point. Grab a section of your hair with your hands and place it between the scissor blades.

Pull the hair away from your body so the hair is properly stretched. This will also help you navigate the blades a few inches away from your scalp so you don’t hurt yourself.

Of course, this depends on how long your hair is. With longer hair, cutting 3-4 inches away from your scalp is advisable.

Thinning time!

With your hand holding the strand, hold the hair shears with the other one. Aim for a 45 degree angle for precise, safe cuts.

The scissor’s tip should point upwards, not downwards initially. Then, glide the cutting shears down your hair (now the tips will be pointing downwards.)

Optional: comb through the thinned/cut section to remove strands that haven’t fallen off yet.

Rinse & repeat

Do the same for all other hair sections. If you have especially long/curly hair that messes with your hair cutting, you can use hair clips. They will keep the other sections steady while you work on them one by one.

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