Hair-cutting shears

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Hair-cutting shears

Hair-cutting shears are scissors that are specifically designed for cutting hair. They are also known as barber shears, hairdressing shears, or hair shears. Hair-cutting shears are significantly sharper than scissors, and designed specifically for cutting hair. Shears range in size from about 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 cm) long.[1] They commonly have an appendage, known as a finger brace or tang, attached to one of the finger rings.[1][2] This gives the user additional control when cutting.

Texturizing shears[edit]

Blades of a pair of texturizing shears

A specialized type of hair-cutting shears known as texturizing shears are used to reduce hair thickness, to create texturizing effects, or to blend layered hair. Texturizing shears have a pair of pivoted blades in the same way as normal shears, but one or both blades have teeth on the edge like a comb. Texturizing shears may also be called thinning shears or chunking shears.


  1. ^ a b Beaudry, Mary C. (2006). Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 128–129. ISBN 0300110936.
  2. ^ Milady's Standard Cosmetology. Thomson/Delmar Learning: New York. 2004. p. 294. ISBN 1562538799.