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Difference Between Hair Shears and Clippers for Cutting Hair

Updated on June 29, 2013

Each one of us needs a haircut and mostly we visit a salon to get a new hairdo. While cutting hair, some hairstylists use professional hair shears while others use clippers. So what is the difference between the two?

Hair shears vs Clippers

Hair shears and clippers are good tools to cut hair. Hair-cutting is fast while working with clippers and stylists use them when a client wants a simple haircut. However, when a new style has to be achieved, hair-cutting scissors prove to be more helpful.

The primary reason why stylists love using haircutting scissors is because it allows them more flexibility to cut hair in tight places. Hair shears also allows more dynamic range of motion and cutting angles which is not possible with clippers.

One of the common misconceptions amongst many of us is that clippers can’t be used to cut women’s hair. However, this is not the case. Just like hair shears, clippers too can be used to cut hair for men as well as women.

The world's fastest hair-cutter, Ivan Zoot, popularly known as the Clipper guy had shown women’s haircut using clippers when he was featured on ScissorBoy TV, an online cosmetology education program.

Watch the video below to see Ivan demonstrate how a hairstylist can use various clipper adjustments to achieve different styles while working on different hair textures.

Haircutting scissors are still widely used by stylists for various barbering actions. The availability of different scissors like Thinning shears, Lefty scissors, Kasho scissors, etc. makes them popular over clippers. Each of these scissors is used for specific activity, for example, Kasho scissors are used because they are specially hand-crafted and durable.

At the end of the day, every client would always want to feel happy about their style while stepping out of a beauty salon. To ensure a happy client, hairstylists have to make sure they use only good quality haircutting scissors or clippers and use them intelligently to achieve the desired style for their clients.


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      Aimee 2 years ago

      The article addresses scissors and clippers, which is also reflected in the photo of the model holding scissors and clippers.

      Where is the commentary on shears?