Hair Scissors Should Chop Your Hair, Not Your Wallet

Isn’t it frustrating when you go to a salon just for a trim but pay the same price as a fully haircut? Stop paying so much for a haircut and do quick trims at home! In today’s economy we all (seriously, even our favorite celebs) are looking for a way to save money so don’t blow yourself too out of proportion when shopping for the perfect hair scissors to do the job. It is a good idea to have a good quality pair to do the job well but there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on a pair of scissors.

When it comes time for your next trip to the salon, think about your budget. Do you have the finances available to spend on this cut? Take a hard look at your spending and figure out if it’s worth it to spend money on a simple trim. If not, your next decision is to figure out if you would save more money by splurging on a good quality pair of scissors or by getting your regular six-week haircut.

After you’ve considered all your options, it’s time to move forward either way. If you’re leading down the path of buying shears, do your research. Find out a price range and compare that to the quality of the scissors. One thing to look for in the product is their specific function and remember to always read reviews about them as well. But how do you decide what to buy? Aren’t scissors all the same? The answer is no, there are many different types of scissors that may vary in size and shape.

Hairdressers usually use shears that are in half-inch increments from 4.5 to 6.5 inches for size. To mirror what you get from a professional stylist, be sure to find shears that are within this range. Anything longer than 6.5 inches would be considered barber scissors and aren’t necessary. Purchase the pair that you think will do the best job on your locks.

One of the most important things to think about is the sharpness of the shears. The hair scissors must be very, very sharp and you can test this by snipping a few locks of a doll’s hair. Take the shears in your hand and start trimming the doll’s hair as if you were cutting your own. If you feel the hair being cut in your fingers or if you can hear a “snitch, snitch“ as you are trimming the doll’s hair, it means that your hair scissors are not sharp enough.

Also think about your hands in this situation. You want them to be comfortable when cutting. After all, the magic can’t happen without the hands! This means you should make sure to order scissors that have big enough or small enough holes for your fingers to fit through. Too small of holes will cause rubbing which leads to blisters and even calluses. However, if the finger holes are too large, you won’t have a solid hold on the shears and this will lead to a messy cut and potential injury. The ideal size means your fingers slide in and out with ease but will not slip.

So what do you think? Splurge on shears or overspend at the salon? Although a quick trip to the salon might be easier if you aren’t so confident in cutting your own hair, it might be cheaper for some to just do their own hair at home. The most important factor in your decision could be the quality of hair scissors you have available. It’s time for you to save money on haircuts. Lose your hair, not your money!

Jade Green is a beauty and fashion reporter who writes about hair shears and flat irons.