Do you have long hair or are you growing your hair longer? Then it’s important to find a quality pair of hair-cutting scissors with sharp blades. Why get special hair-cutting scissors for attaining long hair goals? Because one of the best tricks to growing long, healthy, bouncy hair is regular “dusting” trims.
“Dusting” is trimming just 1/4 inch from the ends of hair, sometimes even less if your scissors can handle it. Dusting is beneficial to anyone attempting to retain hair length while still removing split ends and giving hair movement, volume, lift and bounce. Dusting is a hair maintenance routine you can easily do yourself with a good pair of scissors. Dusting prevents split-ends from breaking further up the hair shaft, meaning tiny trims save hair length over time. But long hair is also fragile hair, so don’t use just any scissors on your lovely locks, invest in a hair-friendly scissors that can trim hair precisely and cleanly without the blades being dull and damaging the hair shaft. A quality set of scissors we like is the ShearGuru Professional Barber Scissor Hair Cutting Set. We especially like ShearGuru scissors because the blades stay sharp.
ABOUT THE SHEARGURU SCISSORS SET
The ShearGuru Professional Hair Cutting Set contains two pairs of scissors: a Straight Edge Hair Scissor and a Texturizing Thinning Shears. The set comes in a sturdy, thick faux leather zippered, hard leather case. Each pair of scissors is strapped across the body of the scissors with a strap and snap and has a triangular pocket to protect the scissor tips.
SHEARGURU SCISSOR FEATURES
JAPANESE STAINLESS STEEL
The ShearGuru set is made of hand-sharpened Japanese stainless steel that retains its sharp edge up to 5x longer than regular stainless steel. Japanese Stainless Steel is a harder steel that requires less sharpening, and it is often used for high-quality Japanese chef knives.
What does being made of Japanese Stainless Steel mean for the ShearGuru scissors? The blades won’t get dull. Suitable for both professional and at-home use, these are a great set for trimming your own hair or for doing family hair cuts. A dull blade can harm the hair because it may require several cutting attempts on the hair shaft to cleanly trim the hair strands, but a sharp blade makes one clean cut that leaves the delicate hair ends in good shape.
TENSION ADJUSTABLE SCREW DESIGN
This adjustable screw design means the blades move fluidly and won’t lock up, and an adjustable screw can slide the blade adjustment to custom fit your hand. Keep the screw as tight as is comfortable for your hand grip.
LIFETIME GUARANTEE: The ShearGuru Professional Barber Scissor Hair Cutting Set comes guaranteed. If you aren’t satisfied, SheerGuru returns your money, no questions asked.
MY EXPERIENCE USING SHEARGURU SCISSORS
Both pairs of scissors are constructed well and are easy to handle and use; the loops are easy to grip, and the blades move smoothly. A feature I particularly like is the tension adjustment screw; it makes the motion of the blades when opening and closing a very smooth one. I like how easily they glided in movement during rapid trimming and did not get stuck or click during use.
I was able to use the straight-edge scissors for very fine, precision trims of my hair and split-end removal, cutting just the tiniest lengths of hair exactly as I wanted. It is precise enough to focus just on cutting a single hair with a split or damaged end, and strong enough to blunt-cut thick sections of hair in a single stroke. I like not hacking away at hair trying to get a precise cut. If you like to gather hair into a ponytail and do a single blunt trim, ShearGuru scissors can do the trick cleanly and quickly.
USING SHEARGURU TEXTURIZING SCISSORS ON CURLY HAIR
The ShearGuru texturizing scissors are very useful for curly, thick or unruly hair, or for adding texture to very straight hair ends for more movement. Curly hair can present challenges when cutting. If your hair is too curly to cut well with straight edge scissors, a texturizing scissors cuts about 40-80% of the hair per cut, giving more control over curled ends to see their shape, help them form and provide some structure. Comb through dry hair, and while holding the scissors so that the tips of the scissors are pointing up (towards the ceiling) trimming small sections at a time. For a cleaner edge, cut the same hair section again, but with the tips facing downwards. The curls will take on more definition without as much bulk.
USING SHEERGURU SCISSORS FOR HAIR DUSTING
Ideally, with quality scissors such as the SheerGuru scissors, you can trim even less than 1/8″ inch about every three weeks, and your hair will still be noticeably healthier. It seems counterintuitive to growth, but removing such small amounts off the drier ends of hair is barely noticeable lengthwise and makes a huge difference in how the hair appears.
HOW TO PERFORM A DUSTING
1. Only dust-trim dry hair.
2. Clip hair into four sections, and take one-inch sub-sections, and with the ShearGuru straight-edge scissors, trim less than 1/4 of an inch.
3. Once the one-inch hair sub-section is done, clip it away from the rest and take another section, and repeat until all your hair is trimmed.
4. Assess overall length of hair for evenness.
HOW OFTEN TO DUST: Thicker, colored, or heavily processed hair should get a dusting about every four weeks, healthier, thinner or unprocessed hair can be about every six. As a rule, I dust my hair each time I touch up my hair color, about once a month.
TRIMMING SPLIT ENDS
In a 2013 Glamour Magazine interview, Blake Lively said she trims her split ends by putting her hair into two braids and trimming off any split ends that stick out of the braids. This method does not replace full trims and regular dustings. It is, however, a useful idea for those with very long, layered hair. I found the SheerGuru Scissors easy to use for Blake’s method, the blades move fluidly and cut crisply and precisely. I also like to twist a section of hair and clip the little split-ends that stick out all along the sides of the twist.
ShearGuru Professional Barber Scissor Hair Cutting Set is an ideal tool for the regular mini-trims that are necessary to grow long, strong, healthy hair. These trims can be easily done at home by yourself or by a friend by using these high-quality scissors. Suitable for professional and at-home use, these are sturdy, easy-to-grip scissors made of high-quality Japanese Stainless Steel. The cut is precise and clean. I like the natural, fluid motion of the scissors, easy to use and handle, and I especially like that the blades do not dull, meaning they not only cut with precision but that the blades are gentle and safe for trimming the fragile ends of long hair.
SEE THE SHEERGURU SCISSOR SET IN ACTION
To see how I use the SheerGuru scissors to give a trim to someone with hard to cut, very thick and curly hair, watch the video below. I use the texturizing scissors to at first cut through a cowlick of a curl to only thin out a curl to give it definition so that it is easier to cut and shape, then follow up with the straight-edge scissors to trim. Then at the 6:30 mark, see how quickly the SheerGuru straight-edge scissors removes split-ends from the length of hair using the twist and trim method described in the “Trimming Split Ends” subheading.
I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review and received compensation for my time and effort. However, my experience with the product and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.