The Anatomy of Hairdressing Scissors: Understanding the Parts


Understanding the different parts of hairdressing scissors is essential for using them effectively. Here are the key components of hairdressing scissors:

  1. Blades: The blades are the sharp cutting edges of the scissors. Hairdressing scissors typically have two blades that meet when the scissors are closed. The blades can vary in length, curvature, and cutting edge type (e.g., beveled edge, convex edge). The quality, sharpness, and alignment of the blades greatly influence the cutting performance.
  2. Pivot screw: The pivot screw is located at the center of the scissor where the blades meet. It allows the scissors to open and close smoothly. The tension of the pivot screw determines the opening and closing resistance of the scissors. Adjusting the tension can impact the cutting action and feel.
  3. Finger holes/rings: Hairdressing scissors have finger holes or rings for the thumb and finger placement. The size and shape of the finger holes can vary to accommodate different hand sizes and preferences. Some scissors have removable finger inserts or adjustable finger rings to customize the fit and comfort.
  4. Tang: The tang is the portion of the scissor that extends from the pivot screw to the finger holes. It provides stability and balance to the scissor. The tang can be straight or curved, depending on the scissor design.
  5. Finger rest: Some hairdressing scissors feature a removable or fixed finger rest attached to the tang. The finger rest provides support and a resting point for the ring finger, helping to reduce fatigue during long periods of cutting.
  6. Handle design: The handle refers to the entire portion of the scissor where the fingers are placed, including the finger holes, tang, and finger rest (if applicable). The handle design can vary, offering different shapes and ergonomics to suit various hand sizes and cutting techniques.

Understanding the anatomy of hairdressing scissors allows hairstylists to manipulate the tool effectively, maintain it properly, and communicate about its specific features. It's important to choose scissors that suit your hand size, cutting style, and comfort preferences, as well as to keep them well-maintained for optimal performance.

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