Precise hair-cutting means the exact technique and tools must be used during the hair cut. This guarantees a perfect bob line or a fringe or any other style which looks almost flawless. When it comes to hairdressing, your skills can be as good as the tools you use. Sometimes, it’s just overwhelming coming up with a set of tools that will complement your skills better.
It’s therefore important to have basic knowledge concerning different precision hair cutting tools and when to use them. Having the guidelines comes in handy whether you are a-Do-It-Yourself (DIY), want to trim your kid’s neckline or just when you want to make conversation between you and your hairstylist sound a bit professional.
With that said, let’s take a look at common hair cutting tools that are used to take skills to the next level in the hair cutting industry.
Hair Cutting Scissors/Shears
Shears are basic tools, but a less complex than the ordinary scissors. They are perfectly designed to cut hair. They range between 5 and 7 inches (17.78 cm), and they have a specially designed tang to rest the pinky finger which means more comfort and control.
The best part is—shears are made really sharp and cut a slice through hair without having to fold or bend the hair. According to Scissor Tech Australia, for the scissors maintain their effectiveness, you need to regularly sharpen the blades. The general design and spacing helps prevent sore arms, shoulders and less stress on the back helping prevent tendonitis, bursitis and carpal-tunnel syndromes.
They are similar to the common shears except that they have teeth embedded on each blade. The gaps allow the stylist to soften the lines, thin out the hair or just texture the extreme ends depending on the situation. Additionally, they are used to blend and tame stubborn hair and create hair volume if the correct technique is applied. Depending on the desired end result, check your thinning scissors for the following characteristics:
- Spacing between the teeth.
- If both blades have the teeth or it’s just one.
- The number of teeth available on each blade.
It may come as a surprise to many, but you can literally perfectly cut your hair using a razor and a comb. They are especially useful when cutting loads of hair on an otherwise standard haircut. If you don’t jagged hairline, consult with your hair stylist.
The best approach is to first use a pair of scissors and follow up with a razor blade. Depending on the stylist experience, a perfect line cut is still practical. If this seems a bit hard, consider using a razor comb.
These small buddies are specially designed to clear up edges on hairlines, necklines, short haircuts, and beards. They are just like clippers, but they are small which is easier to handle hence more precise.
Just as the name suggests, hair clippers are necessary when you want to create perfect short haircuts such as fades or military haircuts. They use the same approach as texturizing scissors, but are equipped with an electric mortar. Any hair that gets trapped between the small blades moving against each other is just cut. Its advantage is that it is more accurate and easier to operate.
The type of tool you’ll use is greatly determined by your ability to use it and the desired results. Knowing when to use a tool and how to use it is equally vital. As seen, if you want jagged hairline for example, use a razor, for short hair cuts or when you want to clean your beard or neckline edges go with a clipper. Finally, invest your time in learning how to use these tools in order to be an all-round hair stylist.