4. Great quality scissors will have a 440 heating grade with V-steel or cobalt mixed into it. These have an HRC rating of 59-61.
5. The greatest quality steel comes from a steel making company in Japan named Hitachi. Hitachi steel makes scissors and shears for high end barbering tools. Hitachi hair scissors will have a hardness and sharpness rating of 62-63.
6. Steel that comes from China, India, Korea and Pakistan are usually softer and chip very easily as they have a heating grade of 330. These have a hardness and sharpness rating of 53-54.
The scissors usually sold at beauty supplies stores that usually go for about $20 are 330 grade and won’t last very long if you intend to use it very often for more than just trimming off damaged ends.
In fact, if the intent is to use it regularly it will dull quickly. If a professional stylist has a pair of these and cuts at least 10 heads of hair a day with it, it will need to be sharpened every two weeks and after sharpening it 4-6 times it becomes useless.
7. It is best to get a three holed swivel thumb scissor because it gives you more control over the hair which eliminates pains in your wrist, and it can be used by both the left-handed and right-handed.
8. Titanium coated hair scissors will never rust on you.
9. Longer blades allow you to have a stable, straight and even cut, so if you are about making your hair even or trimming to maintain health, this is your friend.
10. Shorter blades (4.5″ – 5.5″) are designed to cut close to the skin so if you are maintaining undercuts and intend to keep it short and sweet, a short blade is your friend since you will be cutting near the scalp.
11. The thinning scissors (also called the notching scissors) are for when you want to blend two sections of hair flawlessly, like for a tapered cut.
Psst! Remember how I hinted that hair scissors can be quite expensive? Well guess who got a set of professional hair cutting tools (scissors, thinning shears and razor blade complete with the case) for just $15?
I’m talking about Japanese 440C with a 62HRC rating! So now that you have the skinny on choosing a pair of scissors that will give you value for your money, there is no need to break the bank for a pair because bargains are out there. Happy shopping 🙂 !