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FAQ For Hair Scissors

Procuring the perfect hairdressing scissors involves a delicate balancing act between several vital aspects.

  • Identifying the suitable ergonomic scissors
  • Allocating a reasonable budget
  • Selecting a brand that caters to your needs
  • Deciding on the appropriate scissors size (length)

This FAQ page provides answers to these questions and so much more! Whether you're a newcomer in the hairdressing industry or a seasoned professional searching for better quality shears, you'll find the information you need right here!

FAQs: Acquiring New Scissors

Buy Now, Pay Later Options

At Japan Scissors, we provide several Buy Now, Pay Later alternatives. These options allow you to purchase new hair shears and pay them off over time. Order your new pair of hairdressing scissors and spread the cost over several weeks or months! You can select your preferred payment method at checkout. Available payment methods include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Laybuy, and Sezzle.

Free Shipping Options

We provide free FedEx shipping for all orders of hairdressing scissors. We ensure your order is prepared and dispatched swiftly so you can receive your scissors within days. Each order comes with tracking, and we use the best shipping option available to deliver your scissors as soon as possible.

Backordering (Pre-Ordering) Hairdressing Scissors

Some scissor models might be out of stock. In these situations, you can backorder by emailing our customer care team at You can pre-purchase a pair to secure your order in advance, or request to be notified when the stock is replenished. Backorder requests can also be made on the product page by entering your email address.

Order Delivery Time

At Japan Scissors, fast delivery is our priority. On average, you can anticipate your order to arrive within two to four days.

Shop With Confidence Online: 7-Day Easy Returns & Exchanges

Ordering hairdressing scissors online can sometimes be a challenge. That's why we offer a no-questions-asked 7-day return guarantee. Within 7 days of placing your order for hairdressing scissors, you can email our customer service team at to request a size or model exchange, or to initiate a return and receive a refund.

Understanding Scissors: An In-Depth Look

Scissor Handle Ergonomics

Scissor handle ergonomics refers to the design and functionality of the handle that promotes comfortable and efficient use. A well-designed handle can decrease strain and reduce the risk of injuries during prolonged use.

Choosing The Appropriate Scissor Size

The suitable size of hair cutting scissors depends on your specific haircutting techniques. The most common scissor size for hairstylists is 5.5", which enables precision and accuracy. For barbers, the most popular size is 6.0", perfect for scissor-over-comb techniques. Shorter blades (5.0" or 5.5") are excellent for detailed work, while longer blades (6.0", 6.5", and 7.0") are better for bulkier tasks.

Top Hairdressing Scissor Brands

There are numerous hairdressing scissors brands in the market. The leading brands use high-quality steel, ultra-sharp haircutting blades, and provide shears at affordable prices. Notable examples include Jaguar Hairdressing Scissors, Joewell Shears, Yasaka Scissors, Mina Scissors, Juntetsu, Kasho Shears, and Kamisori Shears.

Choosing Hair Scissors For Home Use

When selecting scissors for home use, consider the material, shape, blade type, and size. A comfortable, ergonomic handle is also essential. The most popular haircutting kits for home use feature sharp blades and comfortable offset handles. The ideal size for home use is 5.5" or 6.0".

Most Common Sizes & Types Of Scissors

The most common scissor sizes used by both men and women are 5.5" or 6.0". The most popular scissor handles are the Classic/Straight, or the Offset handle. For blade types, the Convex, or Bevel edge blade is a good choice. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Different Hair Scissor Handles

Hair scissors are available with offset, classic straight, swivel, and crane handles. Each type offers a different level of comfort and ease of use.

Popular Blade Edge Types

The main types of blade edges are convex, beveled, serrated, and hollow ground concave. Each type has its own pros and cons, so choose the one that best suits your needs.

Different Types Of Steel Used in Hair Scissors

There are various types of steel used in the manufacturing of high-quality scissors, including 440C, 10CR, VG-10, 9CR, 8CR, Cobalt, Titanium, Stainless Alloy Steel, Chromium, and more! The type of steel greatly impacts the price and quality of the scissors.

Thinning Scissors: Tooth Count

Thinning scissors, used to thin or blend the hair, typically have between 30 to 45 teeth. These tools are excellent for removing excess bulk without drastically reducing length.

Understanding Finger Inserts For Scissors

Finger inserts, or rings, can enhance grip and prevent injuries. They are an essential safety measure when cutting hair.

Can a Left-Handed Stylist Use Right-Handed Scissors?

While left-handed stylists can use right-handed scissors, it is not as effortless or efficient as using left-handed scissors. Using scissors designed for your dominant hand can minimize the risk of repetitive strain injuries and make cutting hair more comfortable and efficient.

Maintenance & Sharpening of Hairdressing Scissors: A Comprehensive Guide

When Do Hairdressing Scissors Need Sharpening?

All hair scissors require sharpening over time. The frequency of sharpening depends on the type of steel used during manufacturing and the blade edge. Hair scissors made with convex edges and Japanese stainless steel can retain sharpness longer, while rounded or carbon steel edges may dull more quickly.

Can I Sharpen My Scissors At Home?

Yes, you can sharpen your hairdressing scissors at home using suitable sharpening tools like sharpening stones or diamond sharpeners. However, it's vital to use the correct type of sharpener to avoid damaging the blades. Inappropriate sharpening can lead to permanent blade damage.

What Are Professional Sharpening Services?

Professional scissor sharpening services are companies specializing in the repair and maintenance of hairdressing scissors. These services can sharpen blades, adjust tension, and clean your tools to restore them to peak performance. The main advantage of using a professional service is the assurance of well-sharpened and properly maintained scissors, tailored to fit your hand and cutting style.

Sharpening Frequency

You should sharpen your hairdressing scissors when they start to lose their edge. This ensures optimal performance of your tools. Depending on their usage, hair shears should ideally be sharpened every three to nine months, as suggested by various American barbershops and salons studies.

Adjusting Scissor Tension

You can adjust the tension of your hairdressing scissors using a tension key or screwdriver to tighten or loosen the screw. Be careful not to overtighten as it can damage the cutting edge. The tension should be set just right so the blades don't fall open under their own weight, and not too tight that blades rub against each other when they close and open.