Buying Hair Scissors 101

Hair Scissors

We know that a good trim every once in a while is great for achieving and maintaining healthy hair. Then there are those among us who are itching to get on with that big chop, or switch things up and try a cute bob or tapered cut. Whichever category you fall in you will need the tool for the job.

We may know that stainless steel scissors are recommended but if you are like me you probably want to ensure you get a good pair of hair scissors for the job.

You might be swayed by the cute patterns and trendy look of some but cute alone won’t cut it (Yeah pun intended 😉 ). Now when you Google hair scissors the prices may scare you a bit but that’s only if you end up looking at brand name professional hair scissors (No need to stop there unless you are a professional stylist).

In fact, here is a fun fact for you: all hair scissors are made at the same factories it’s just that branding and a cut for the middle man that ramp up the cost so no need to break the bank to buy a pair. The key is to get something that can last you a long time (especially if you plan on using them on the regular).

This post has something for everyone; the layman like me who just wants a good pair of scissors to do trimming once in a blue moon, someone who cuts their hair regularly because it grows like weeds and they want to keep it at a certain level, and the self-made or professional hair stylist.

Let me just add that if you get your cut done at a stylist this post can benefit you as well; after all, you need to know if the tool being used on you is good especially if it is being used on 10 other heads per day. So what do you need to know when choosing a pair of hair scissors?


1. All steel is measured by a worldwide rating system called HRC. The HRC measures the hardness of the steel that makes the scissors and indicates the sharpness of the blade.

2. There is a slight difference between scissors and shears. Shears are any scissors longer than 6.5”, while scissors are at or shorter than 6.5”.

3. Good quality scissors are those made from steel that come from Japan or Germany. These are identified by the heating grade of the steel.

The heating grade ranges from 330-440 and come in three subcategories; A,B,C with C being the best quality. If the scissors are made from steel that was processed at a heating grade of 440C, it will last you a very long time (Decades to be precise 🙂 ).

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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The Mane Captain

its important to know how to use them once bought

Chavon Walton

I would never put scissors to my hair. That’s why I pay the professionals.