It’s more than simply length and shape when it comes to getting a nice haircut. It’s all about making your hair feel good, emphasizing your features, making strands easier to manage, and adapting to your way of life.
When approaching the whole picture of your strands and how to help best; hairstylists have a lot of aspects to consider. Fortunately, we have a variety of tools to pick from to assist barbers in achieving the desired results. So, we are going to discuss thinning shears today.
What are Thinning Shears?
Thinning Shears have two blades, one with teeth and one without. These teeth are little grooves on the blade that assist in reducing unnecessary weight, softening lines, and blending areas by quickly removing hair in even parts.
“Use thinning shears to ‘decorate’ the shape you made, not to build it,” advises Jay Small.
These shears should only be used as a finishing touch to any haircut, not to accomplish the overall shape or structure of your hair. “When using thinning shears, only use them for the last 10% of the haircut,” Small advises.
Type of Hair Thinning Shears
According to Sunnie Brook Jones, a famous hairstylist, there are three types of thinning shears. She says that one can be used for texturizing and blending, another for chunkier weight removal, and a third for finishing. The number of teeth on thinning shears is the most distinguishing feature. Some teeth are spread further apart, while others are much closer together.
The number of teeth on your Shear will have an impact on how you utilize it. Smaller teeth are ideal for blending and softening harsh lines. Small explains that “the finer the teeth, the more blended and even the weight removal will be.” Texturizing shears and finishing shears are the shears with finer teeth. “Texturizing shears will have about 25 teeth [or more], and finishing shears will have between 15-22 teeth,” Brook explains. ” They provide more thick hair and more airy flow, and at the end, they provide nice finishing.
7-15 teeth are found in wider teeth, such as the chunking shears, as Brook refers to them. Small and Brook both suggested against going too wide with your Shear’s teeth spacing when using these wider set shears to remove unwanted weight from the hair. ” The larger, the chunkier, more severe the cuts, the larger the opening or space between teeth,” Small explains.
Is It Safe to Use Shears for Thinning at Home?
While there is still space for error, our experts believe that thinning shears are safe to use at home if used properly and after training. Because thinning shears have a gentler edge than hair cutting scissors, you’re less likely to injure yourself or chop off chunks of hair by accident.
Here is some pro advice to remember when using thinning shears:
Selecting the Right Thinning Shear
You should be very careful while using the hair Thinning Shear. The texturizing and finishing shears are the easiest to use on yourself, “You really just want to use finishing shears on the mid-lengths to the ends to remove [unwanted] weight,” whereas “Texturizing shears can add movement and lift to your hair.”
Where to Make the Cut
Cutting placement and the direction your shears are facing as you make the cut will be the challenges you run into if you overdo it with thinning shears. “These shears, particularly the expanded toothed ones, can leave holes in the hair since cut too close to the scalp or hair, and they cut in portions and the line might be dangerous. “
Like when a cowlick is clipped too short and stands on end, like Alfalfa,” Small explains, “[the shorter hairs] may start to lift off the head.” And if you make the cut with your shears facing the opposite way that your hair grows, you’ll get a chunky, misdirected snip.
Know Your Hair
Weight reduction may benefit thicker to medium-bodied hair while harmonizing rough lines will benefit finer, straighter hair the most. It’s more about the length and less about texture. Because longer hair isn’t cut as often as shorter hair, Small adds that overusing thinning shears can make hair feel thin, weak, or brittle. “Too much reliance on thinning shears might lead to a loss of shape,” he warns.