The electric clipper and shaver have both made it much easier for us to groom ourselves in the comfort of our own homes, but even these great devices have their limitations. There are some things you need to do while styling that an electric razor just isn’t precise enough to do. At the same time, there are places we need to trim our beards and mustaches that an electric razor just can’t reach.
When it comes to trimming your hair with a clipper, a good pair of shears is essential to finish the job – unless you’re shaving everything off, of course. That’s why every person who grooms themselves needs a quality set or two of hairdressing shears or scissors.
In this guide I’m very briefly going to talk about the kinds of things you should look out for when picking out a pair of shears for yourself.
Getting a Handle on Things
The part of the shears that you’ll spend the most time handling is, of course, the handle. No prizes for guessing that. Shears have handles that can come in a few different styles. There’s no right or wrong style and it is largely down to personal preference. You’ll find that most people like one handle style and tend to stick with it. In general there are three main handle styles: straight, offset, and swivel ring.
Straight handles aren’t all that common anymore, but many traditionalists still like them. They are the ones most likely to cause hand cramps or other forms of discomfort from prolonged use.
Offset handles are most common and also most popular. These have the rings your thumb and finger go through offset, with the thumb ring lower than the other. This provides a good, comfortable hand position at rest.
The swivel ring type is not one you’ll often see. Here the thumb ring has a swivel built into it that allows you to have the same comfort and control no matter what cutting position or angle you have to take.
It’s also important to try and find out what the ring sizes are. Some imported shears are meant for parts of the world where people have smaller average finger thickness, which means you may be unable to use them comfortably.