Shear Stories Blog

Colored Shears

Mizutani Retro Shear in Matte Black
Many shears available to stylists come in bright colors - black, rainbow, striped, you name it! What is this coloring, and why do only some shears have it? Also, is this coloring important in which shears you consider to buy? This post will answer this common stylist question.

Adjustment dial or screw? Which is better?

Hikari Blaze shear showing finger dial
There are three broad categories of adjusters for salon shears. Each of these fastener systems has their own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting a shear, the stylist should be aware of these pros and cons to help them select the shear, which is right for them.

Shear Basics - The Finger Rest

Hikari #103 Precision Cutting Level-set Stylist Shear with Removable Finger Rest
Stylist shears come nearly always with either a fixed- or removable- finger rest. This finger rest can increase control and balance for the stylist, but stylists who prefer a shear with no finger rest should select either a shear with no rest, or one with a removable rest. Stylists who prefer a shear with a rest have the freedom to choose a shear with either type of rest, but may prefer one with a fixed rest, since it will not come loose or fall out like a removable rest can.

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The Importance of Proper Thumb Pressure While Cutting

Hikari Phoenix Cosmos Offset Stylist and Barbering Shear
Horizontal thumb pressure can lead to shears dulling quickly and hand and wrist fatigue and pain. This article covers the downside of excessive lateral thumb pressure, and how to avoid the problem.

Shear Basics - Shear Length

Hikari #B2 Crane-Handle Shear
One of the first questions stylists and barbers ask when selecting a shear is how long the shear is. So how do you measure a shear's length? This post answers this common question.

Weekly Shear Care

Mizutani Blacksmith Fit Shear in Titanium Black finish - available in 5.0", 5.5", 6.0", and 6.5" lengths
In this post we will outline the quick and easy steps stylists should also follow at the end of the week to keep their shears cutting and functioning properly.

Daily Shear Care

Daily Shear Care
Stylists should follow a daily routine to care for their professional salon shears. If they do, this will help keep their shears working properly, and will extend the time between having to have their shears sharpened.

Proper Care of YS Park Brushes

Proper Care of YS Park Brushes
YS Park sells the finest stylist brushes available on the market. In order to prolong the life of your YS Park brush, you should follow the important care instructions outlined in this post.

Proper Selection and Care of YS Park Combs

Proper Selection and Care of YS Park Combs

YS Park makes the finest line of stylist tools available to today's professional stylist. To prolong the life of your YS Park comb, follow these care and cleaning instructions. This post outlines how to care for your YS Park professional stylist comb, and also gives some pointers to help select which comb is right for you.

Pointy- vs. Rounded-Tips on Salon Shears

Pointy- vs. Rounded-Tips on Salon Shears
Stylists occasionally ask to have their shears made 'pointier' at the tips. For several reasons, it is better for shears to be purchased with pointy tips, than to have a shear sharpener perform this change on their shears after purchase.

As a hairstylist, what other things should I consider when buying a new shear?

Keiki 40-series Crane-Handle Shear
Selecting a shear can be overwhelming for any stylist. This post will give useful and important tips on how to best select your next pair of shears.