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How To Use Thinning Shears To Get A Better Hair Cut

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If you want to cut your own hair, you may need to invest in a pair of thinning shears. Thinning shears are one of the most common tools you will find in any hairdresser's tool chest and may be an essential tool for you have to have as well if you plan on cutting your own hair. Here are a few things you need to know about thinning shears before you go to work on your own hair.

Thinning Shears Are Not For All Hair Types

Although thinning shears are a common tool in most hairdresser tool boxes, it does not mean that they should be in yours. Thinning shears are designed for specific types of hair.

They are not designed to be used with curly, frizzy or kinky hair. If your hair falls into one of these three categories, you don't need to purchase thinning shears to help you cut your own hair. It is just too easy to thin one's hair incorrectly with thinning shears when you have these styles of hair. If your hair is not thinned correctly, you will end up with out of control-curly-hair that does not fall naturally or look flattering. 

Thinning shears also do not work very well on extremely thin hair. On very thin, straight hair, thinning shears can leave behind teeth marks. They should only be used on very thin, straight hair by a professional. 

Thinning Shears Should Be Used Only On Dry Hair

Many hairdressers like to cut hair when it is either damp or wet; however, thinning shears should not be used on damp or wet hair. If you are cutting your own hair, make sure that your hair is dry before you cut it with thinning shears.

Thinning shears are designed to run down your hair shaft and cut a specific amount of hair off as you pull them through your hair. This is what helps reduce the thickness of your hair and makes it more manageable. 

When your hair is wet or damp, the hair shafts tend to clump together. When you run thinning shears through wet or damp hair, they can inadvertently remove too much hair because it is clumped together instead of spread out more naturally.

Thinning Shears Need To Be Held A Certain Way

Finally, thinning shears need to be held a specific way. They are not designed to be held like scissors. They should be held at about a forty-five degree angle to your hair. 

They should never be placed right at the root of your hair. You should start using your thinning shears a couple of inches below your roots. Once you place the thinning shears in your hair, you need to smoothly glide the shears over your hair all the way down to the end of the shaft of hair. As you glide your thinning shears through your hair, they will remove and cut your hair so that it is not quite as thick as it is right now. 

Generally, thinning shears should be used near the end of your haircut to fine tune the other work you have done on your hair.

Thinning shears are a very helpful tool if you cut your own hair and have very thick, straight hair. Remember, they should be used to fine-tune your haircut and should only be used on dry hair. 

If you're interested in making money by cutting other hair besides your own, contact a cosmetology program in your area.


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