Most people believe that one scissor is pretty much the same as any other scissor, particularly when it comes to cutting hair since it seems to be such a simple job. However, even someone who has tried cutting their own hair on a regular basis will know that it is almost impossible to do a good job of it with a regular scissor, which is partially why we decided to use the word shears here instead of scissor. The best hair cutting shears are not only about how easily and precisely they allow you to cut individual strains of hair, but, more importantly, about how clean the cut is. You would not say just by looking at it, but the cut made with a regular scissor and that made with a hair cutting shear is quite different when observed under the microscope. Or, if you do not have a microscope just cut a specific strand with a regular scissor and wait for a month or so and you will see how the hair end begin to split precisely because the cut was not clean. The hair cutting shears we are going to feature here were all hand picked because they prevent the development of split ends on hair and also for several other reasons. That is why we encourage you reading the entirety of our article, scrolling past the list with the products themselves, so you can discover on your own why it is actually a good idea to buy a good quality set of hair cutting shears instead of the regular scissors.
1. Equinox Professional Razor Edge Series
As far as we are concerned the best hair cutting shears are the Equinox Professional Razor Edge Series. This is a 6.5 inch long share with 3 inch blades which makes it also a well balanced set of shears so you hand does not grow tired. The first thing that drew our attention to the Equinox was the fact that they offer a lifetime warranty. You can’t really have the guts to make that kind of an offer unless you are using the best quality Japanese steel and that is exactly what they are using. To give you an idea of just how good Japanese steel is you should know that it is also being used for surgery scalpels. The other significant features of the Equinox Professional Razor Edge Series is the fact that they use a gold and silver adjustment screw, so, provided that you put a minimal effort into its maintenance, there is no part of these shears that will rust with age. There is also the fact that the finger rests were specifically designed for barber shops so they will not become uncomfortable with time and will not exert unnecessary strain on your fingers. Finally, we should point out the fact that you also get a leather carrying case that we encourage you to use so as to protect the shears from humidity and dust.
2. Utopia Care 6.5-Inch Professional Barber Razor Edge Hair Cutting Shears
While the Equinox are the very best shears on the market, they do tend to be somewhat on the expensive side, so if you are looking for a set of shears that are of the best quality but also come with a reasonable price tag, then the Utopia Care 6.5-Inch Professional Barber Razor Edge Hair Cutting Shears. They are so close to the Equinox we have already talked about that you would be excused for calling them clones, but there are some slight differences. The length is the same, and they do use Japanese steel, but they do not have the gold and silver tension adjustment knob. Instead they went with a more traditional gold plated knob, which means the knob is perfectly protected only for as long as you can keep that plating on there. So provided you do not actually drop them, they should last you for anywhere between 10 and 20 years. The Utopia actually have a feature that really impressed us in that it comes with a set of rubber inserts so you can perfectly adjust the shears to your fingers even if they are very thin.
3. Goody Classic 6.5 Inches Hair Cutting Shears
If you simply cannot afford either one of our top choices, there is an even cheaper solution that we really only encourage you to buy unless you have no other choice. The Goody Classic 6.5 Inches Hair Cutting Shears come with a brilliantly sharp blade but, because they do not use Japanese steel you will be lucky for that edge to keep for more than a year. There is also the fact that the handle is made from plastic so the shears are not that well balanced. Still, if you are only going to cut your own hair, perhaps once every 2 or 3 months, you may get to enjoy this set of shears for more than a couple of years and then you will be able to move up to a better set.
4. KLOUD City Professional Hair Cutting Shears
If you have ever paid attention when you were at a hair cutting saloon, you will know that professional hair cutters use at least 2 types of shears. On the one hand you have the regular shears that we have been talking about so for, but they also use a set of shears that look somewhat like a comb. They use that when they need to cut only some strands of hair and leave others behind. You would want to do that for several reasons but the most important one, beside various design techniques, is the fact that it allows you to be more precise. So if you want to try your hand and professional hair cutting, then your best choice would be the KLOUD City Professional Hair Cutting Shears. While they do not use Japanese steel, they do have a high quality steel and workmanship and we are confident this set would last well over a decade as long as you take good care of them.
5. Hair Cutting Precision 3-piece Barber Shears Set
If you need to get the best deal for a very limited amount of money, but you do need a set of hair cutting shears, your best choice is the Hair Cutting Scissors Precision 3-piece Barber Shears Set. This set is the kit equivalent of the Goodie Classic we have already talked about. They will not last for more than a couple of years, not unless you can obtain the services of a high quality sharpening expert, but, for the time being they will serve you well. They at least make the attempt to provide the very best quality, and they do use a good quality steel in their makeup.
6. Suvorna 5.5″ Professional Barber Multicolor Titanium Razor Edge Hair Cutting Shears
Interestingly enough most people get into home hair cutting because they want to cut their children’s hair on their own. However, children are famously difficult when cutting their hair so that is why the Suvorna 5.5″ Professional Barber Multicolor Titanium Razor Edge Hair Cutting Shears is the perfect choice for parents or barbers that deal a lot with children. It is a professional grade set of shears with Japanese steal and titanium coating so it will stand the test of time with ease. It also has those rubber inserts that will be great for the thin fingers of young mothers.
7. ZZZRT Barber Salon Shears
Although we do love the quality, look and feel of the Suvorna, we have to admit that you have to have a pretty big bank account to afford them. Instead you could go with the ZZZRT Barber Salon Shears. They are just as colorful and of approximately the same quality. They use Japanese steel, although not as good as the one used by the Suvorna, but it is close enough as to make no difference for the average parent.
8. Sally Hansen Beauty Tools Shears
If at all possible you should make your choice from the shears we have already talked about up to this point, however, there are some hair cutting shears that did draw our attention for one reason or another. The Sally Hansen Beauty Tools Shears are among the cheapest shears we could find that still provide an adequate, clean cut, and that seem to keep their edge with time provided you take good care of them.
9. Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Styling Shears
There is an interesting alternative to the Japanese steel shears we have been talking about so far, and it is the Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Styling Shears. They use a modern ice tempering technology in their steel to obtain a relatively high durability in their steel. Still they are only a good choice if you leave close enough to an actual Tweezerman dealership that you can take advantage of their life time free sharpening service guarantee.
10. Suvorna Ador 5.5″ Professional Barber Hair Cutting Salon Shears
We are going to finish our search for the best hair cutting shears with the Suvorna Ador. As we have mentioned before when we discussed their children focused shears, they use the very best steel and we are very excited to see that they also use a titanium coating that should provide long lasting durability as well as a very modern look and feel. Given the price point we would still go with the Equinox, but the Suvorna Ador is a very interesting alternative.