The Anatomy of Hairdressing Scissors: Understanding the Parts

The Anatomy of Hairdressing Scissors: Understanding the Parts


Hairdressing scissors are precision tools, and understanding their anatomy is essential for using them effectively. Here's a breakdown of the key parts of hairdressing scissors:

  1. Blade:
    • The blade is the most crucial part of the scissors. Hairdressing scissors have two blades, one stationary (the upper blade) and one moving (the lower blade). The blades come together to cut the hair.
  2. Cutting Edge:
    • The cutting edge is the sharp, curved or beveled part of the blade that actually cuts the hair. It is essential for making precise cuts. The quality and sharpness of this edge determine the scissors' cutting performance.
  3. Blade Length:
    • Blade length is the measurement from the tip of the blade to the point where it connects with the finger rest or tang. The blade length varies depending on the scissor's design and purpose.
  4. Tang or Finger Rest:
    • The tang is the portion of the blade that extends beyond the pivot point. It serves as a finger rest, allowing the stylist to place their little finger on it for stability and control while cutting.
  5. Pivot Point:
    • The pivot point is the central screw or bolt that holds the two blades together. It allows the scissors to open and close. The tension of the pivot point can be adjusted to control the tightness or looseness of the scissors.
  6. Finger Rings or Eye Rings:
    • These are the round openings where the stylist inserts their fingers. They come in different sizes and shapes to accommodate various hand sizes and preferences. Proper finger ring sizing is important for comfort and control.
  7. Handle and Thumb Ring:
    • The handle is the part of the scissors that connects the blades and finger rings. It is the area where the stylist grips the scissors. Some hairdressing scissors have a separate thumb ring, which allows the stylist to place their thumb through it for better control.
  8. Tension Screw:
    • The tension screw is used to adjust the tightness or looseness of the scissors' movement. It is often located at the pivot point and can be tightened or loosened to suit the stylist's preference.
  9. Bumper or Silencer:
    • Some scissors have a rubber or plastic bumper on the inside of the handles. This bumper helps absorb the impact when the blades close, reducing noise and minimizing the risk of wear and tear.
  10. Finger Brace or Tang:
    • The finger brace or tang is a flat extension that extends from the lower blade, opposite the thumb ring. It provides a place for the stylist's ring finger to rest and helps stabilize the scissors during cutting.
  11. Finger Rest:
    • The finger rest is a plastic or metal extension at the end of the lower blade, opposite the cutting edge. It serves as a resting place for the stylist's pinky finger, providing stability and control during cutting.

Understanding the parts of hairdressing scissors is crucial for using them effectively, maintaining their performance, and making any necessary adjustments. It's also essential for choosing the right pair of scissors for specific cutting techniques and hairstyling needs. Different scissor designs and features can impact the way they feel and perform, so it's important to select scissors that align with your cutting style and comfort preferences.

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