Your Guide to Thinning Shears OR Pet Grooming shears.

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Published: 25th June 2008
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If you cut your own hair or anyone else's or by chance your pet hair, you may already be familiar with what thinning shears are and what they can do for hair. If you're not familiar with them, thinning shears are scissors that are used to thin and shape the hair without altering the style. While the shears to look like scissors, they are actually made up of two jagged blades that look like combs. They work by allowing some of the hair to be cut shorted than the rest when hair rests between the blade's gaps.

Thinning shears are great for those who need to thin down very thick or curly hair. It can help tame poofiness that thick and curly hair can acquire and make hair more manageable. They can also be used to blend hair when layering hair to prevent choppiness. They are not recommended if you have fine or already thinning hair. To use the thinning shears:

Begin by combing hair smooth and then place a strip of hair that is at least three inches away from your scalp, in between the shear's blades. Holding the shears at a 45-degree angle, slide them down and make a cut, then the slide the shears down a little more and make another cut of the hair. Repeat where desired.

NEVER use thinning shears near the root or ends of your hair. Always cut in the middle of the hair and be careful about removing too much hair at once or too often or your hairstyle will look stringy. Your best bet is to only use the thinning shears no more than three times per year.

When looking for a good pair of thinning shears, your best bet is to visit a beauty store. Now, decide what type of thinning shears you'll need.

If you only need to remove just a little hair, look for a pair whose have double rows of teeth. The more teeth the shears has, the less hair is generally removed. This is the best type of shear for simple thinning and blending of layers.

If you have naturally thick or curly hair look for sheers that have fewer teeth since they are ideal for removing bulk. This style of sheers is also the way to go if you need something for general purposes. Just remember, more teeth, more hair. Less teeth, less hair.

You will probably also want to keep in mind the sheer's quality. If you run out and purchase a cheap pair of sheers, don't expect them to stay sharp for very long. You're better off spending a little extra for a good quality pair that will last you in the end. For a good pair don't be surprised to pay anywhere from $30 to $125. Anything less and they'll probably need frequent sharpening.

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