Know Your Hands – Then Your Shears

Buying a pair of shears is like buying a pair of shoes. First you need to know your size. In general, the size of your hand is the size of the shears. To ensure optimal cutting experience, most shears should not extend over your palm.

Little Fingers Matters
In comparison, females tend to have shorter little fingers than males. So shears have to be chosen accordingly, and attention should be paid to shears’ finger rest. Broadly speaking, the shorter the little finger is, the longer and wider the finger rest should be.

Offset is where the thumb is at its most natural position. Palm’s width determines shears’ offset, especially for hairdressers who like to palm the shear with a fist. The right pair of shears should fit the users’ hand ergonomically and the wrong choice of shears can lead to serious long-term damage to the users’ hand like carpal tunnel and tendonitis.

Touching Point

Every single pair of Above shears has 4 main touch-points:
-Point where the thumb touches the static handle.
-Point where the ring finger touches the dynamic handle.
-Point where the little finger touches finger rest.
-Point where the first and middle finger touch the shank of static handle.

There are 5 key elements in choosing a right shear.
-It looks right
-It weighs right
-It fits right
-It cuts right
-It is priced right