Thinning Shears vs. Blending Shears

Thinning Shears vs. Blending Shears

This is not the stylist but the innovative tools into its workstation that compel the clients to come back enthusiastically right after the awesome haircut. To go the extra mile, not only do the hairstylists require the basic scissors, but also do they want a bit of extra flavor by the addition of an array of clippers, trimmers, scissors and shears.

The boost in the toolkit relies on a myriad of tools; here in this blog, we would talk about the two; Thinning Shears and Blending Shears. Unfortunately, both often get confused with each other, even by the stylists perching on higher grades of professionalism. Here, in this informative blog, our veterans would elaborately compare and contrast both.

Firstly let's look into the Common Purpose:

Both Blending and Thinning shears are designed to change the look of the hair rather than shortening the length. It means that both fall into the category of Haute Couture. Although the roles are different, Blending Shear and Thinning Shear have to sync during the styling process.

Difference in Functionality:

The first thing that differentiates Thinning Shear from the Blending Shear is the functionality;

Blending Shear comes forth when the requirement is of cutting a small amount of hair in creating a real natural transition. Blending Shear is also helpful in cutting lines from the first phase of hairstyling without giving a bold effect. Furthermore, Blending Shear is the best option for texturing the hair's surface or removing the interior weight.

On the other hand, If the client possesses unmanageable hair, the Thinning Shear is recommended to be applied to prune the bulk only sans, affecting the originality of style. 

Difference in Construction:

The actual physical difference between Thinning Shear and Blending Shear is precision and arrangement of teeth. 

Blending Shears are outfitted with a sturdy but straight blade that seems like a regular scissor blade on the face value but includes a row of toothed grooves. Teeth are razor-sharp.

Thinning Shear is fitted with two blades of teeth on the flip side at both ends with no solid edge. As a result, thinning Shears are comparatively wider to accommodate more bulk hair in one fell swoop.

Difference of Precautions:

There are different sets of precautions involved while using either Thinning Shear or Blending Shear.  

Blending Shear

  • Blending Shear should never be used higher than a ¾ inch above the tip of the hair.
  • Blender should be used at the very last. 

Thinning Shear

  • Thinning Shear should never be used at the base, near roots, or middle of the hair.
  • Never make significant cuts as it's akin to wreaking havoc.

Order of Usage: 

After minimizing the client's hair to the desired length, the barber first applies the Thinning Shear to thin the specific area. Once thinning is done, the barber gets some hands with the Blending Shear; the magical blending provides the desired outcome and looks to the client. 

Final words

It's concluded that Thinning Shear and Blending Shear are both essential tools in terms of tuning down the hair. Both may look alike but are poles apart and can do wonders when utilized by the right persons at the right time. Of course, it's totally up to the handler how charismatic he could be with these fantastic hair-cutting tools. Adieu!


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