What’s the Difference Between German- & Japanese-Style Scissors?

The most commonly used scissors are the German- and Japanese-style scissors. But what’s the difference between the two? Here we discuss the major distinctions so that you can decide which style is best for you. Facing Side Unlike the flat, German-style scissors, the facing sides of Japanese-style scissors have a small hollow ground area behind… Read more »

Cast vs. Forged Steel for Hairstyling Scissors

There are two types of steel most hairstyling scissors are made from: cast steel and forged steel. Cast steel is liquid metal poured into a mold and then ground into shape. Many “Japanese steel” scissors are cast. Forged steel is made by heating and hammering rolled steel into shape. It is then ground into the… Read more »

What to Know About Cuticle Nipper Sharpening

What to Know About Cuticle Nipper Sharpening

Professional manicurists and individuals alike use cuticle nippers to snip away rough cuticles from around their fingers. Over time, however, cuticle nippers can lose their edge, becoming dull and ineffective. Instead of tossing out your cuticle nipper, you can restore it to new by using cuticle nipper sharpening services. Here’s what you need to know: … Read more »

Blade Types for Expert Hair Cutting

Blade Types for Expert Hair Cutting

The blade on your pair of hairstyling shears is an artful weapon, and you must wield it as such! Even the slightest dull edge will transform a textured or relaxed up-do into an up-don’t. We’ve distinguished the different types of shear edges and the kinds of haircuts they work best for here. Convex Edge A… Read more »

Shear Maintenance: Why Hairstylists Need Their Scissors Sharpened

Shear Maintenance: Why Hairdressers Need Their Scissors Sharpened

Shear maintenance is simple if you stick with a routine. In your industry, precision is of the essence. You can only achieve this by wielding the sharpest tools. But haircut precision isn’t the only reason you should have your shears sharpened by a professional regularly. Here are a few reasons why having your shears sharpened… Read more »


Your scissor should be wiped after each use with a clean towel. At the end of the day you should put the smallest drop of oil on top of the screw and on the “ride” line, at the back of the scissor behind the screw. The smallest drop of oil, there is no need to… Read more »

The Spine of the scissors:

The spine is the power of the scissors. All styling scissor blades have a slight bend inward towards the opposite blade (called the set of the blade). This converging force at the point where the blades meet causes the hair to be cut. The stiffness of the spine is the force that makes this happen…. Read more »

Handles come in four basic designs

Place a pair of scissors on a table and look down at it. Draw an imaginary line from the tip past the pivot (screw) through the end of the handle. Opposing finger rings: Both thumb and finger rings are the same distance from the pivot and on opposite sides of the imaginary line. Offset finger… Read more »

Stainless Steel, well it’s sorta stainless:

Stainless steel is made by adding a lot of Chromium (at least 12%) and Molybdenum to steel alloy. The Chromium, when in contact with air forms a non reactive Chromium Oxide film. This film protects the surface iron from reacting with water and forming rust. If the scissor is scratched when wet, the Chromium cannot… Read more »

There are two types of steel most hair-styling scissors are made from:

Cast steel: is liquid metal pored into a mold and then ground into shape. Many scissors that say “Japanese steel” are cast. Forged steel: is made by heating and hammering rolled steel into shape. It is then ground into the final finish. Under a microscope, the forged steel molecules are more densely packed together. This… Read more »