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Do I need special scissors to cut hair?

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MaggieFS Mon 06-Apr-20 11:03:30

I've just tried to trim DS' fringe and it looks like I've used a pudding basin even though I didn't! Would scissors sold online as hair scissors make any difference? Why are texturing/thinning scissors?

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Toddlerteaplease Mon 06-Apr-20 11:07:31

Probably not helpful. But I use thinning scissors to trim my Persian cats hair round her face. It makes it look less blunt!

Minesacider Mon 06-Apr-20 11:07:55

I'll say upfront I'm not a hairdresser.

I guess you used kitchen scissors. Hairdressing scissors are much sharper, and obviously will cut better, but I think decent ones are quite expensive. Did you cut across rather than snipping into his fringe? If you snip into it, it will look far less blunt than going across.

Justgivemethehobnobs Mon 06-Apr-20 11:08:21

Oo I'd also like to know this. My hair definitely needs a trim. Wondering whether to let my husband loose with the kitchen scissors..

StarUtopia Mon 06-Apr-20 11:09:44

Christ. Yes, Hairdressing scissors are much much sharper and they're expensive. Don't just use kitchen scissors!

MaggieFS Mon 06-Apr-20 11:10:07

They were more like school scissors than the kitchen ones as they were less bulky. I did try snipping at it, but it didn't make a lot of difference. I probably need to watch a you tube on it but I'm struggling for time as it is!

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Minesacider Mon 06-Apr-20 11:10:10

Kitchen scissors are apparently liable to give you split ends (and an extremely blunt cut). I watch a lot of Brad Mondo's videos in YouTube, great entertainment! I've done it myself but I would always use proper hairdressing shears if the urge came again.

YogaLite Mon 06-Apr-20 11:12:17

I use sewing long scissors and snip in.

@Toddlerteaplease your lucky cat wink

Shmithecat2 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:12:32

What @StarUtopia said, hairdressers scissors are far better than kitchen scissors! You'll have to cut 'up' into the fringe to stop it looking blunt (although the scissor point needs to very fine). The is a reason why people train for years to cut hair....

ACupOfTeaSolvesEverything Mon 06-Apr-20 11:13:34

Depends how desperate you are. I cut my own hair with kitchen scissors last week grin

Tish008 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:14:33

Yes hairdressing siscors are several hundred pounds each.

You need to feather a fringe, maybe look up some YouTube videos?

NiteFlights Mon 06-Apr-20 11:15:45

I’ve got hairdressing scissors for trimming my fringe. I have cut my own hair before but am going to put it off as long as possible. I think the next best option would be sewing scissors or if you have clippers, just give him a buzz cut?

NiteFlights Mon 06-Apr-20 11:16:42

Should clarify that my hairdressing scissors aren’t professional ones, they were about £10 from Boots IIRC but I never ever use them for anything but hair.

BiarritzCrackers Mon 06-Apr-20 11:20:43

I've cut my own and DS' hair for about ten years, and have only done it once with hairdressing scissors (but just cheap Boots ones); I always used whatever schools type scissors were around. Technique really helps - snipping up into the fringe, and just take of teeny bits at a time, then sit back and appraise it. But if you haven't much time, wait until you have!

1300cakes Mon 06-Apr-20 11:24:49

I'm sure hairdressing scissors are a bit nicer, but they aren't magic, you probably just didn't do a good job as you aren't a hairdresser! No offence intended, I'd do a far worse one even if I had the best hairdressing scissors in the world available.

Mummy103 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:28:41

Make tiny upward snips along the fringe. No more than half a cm up.
If you do this it wont looks as blunt, softens the look. Good luck op.

LadyMadderRose Mon 06-Apr-20 11:30:38

I have some feathering/thinning scissors and for cutting I use some very sharp, pointy surgical scissors. You need to cut into a fringe with the pointy tip to make it less blunt.

I’m not a hairdresser either though, just trim my own the dc hair sometimes!

Hoggleludo Mon 06-Apr-20 11:30:45

I'm not a hairdresser. My friend is however and showed me how to cut my dd fringe!! When I first had a go. It looked like a bowl. You later it slightly. Much better

I brought some scissors off amazon! They are fab! Like £9?

Hoggleludo Mon 06-Apr-20 11:30:59

Layer. Not later!

Verily1 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:33:06

£30 will get you decent hairdressing scissors.

Hair cutting just takes practice.

Copy what hairdressers do!

GotTheCityOnLockdown Mon 06-Apr-20 11:34:18

Kitchen scissors are far too blunt to use for cutting hair grin

You don't need to spend £££ (I saved up for about 5 months to buy my pair!) but definitely get some that are specifically for hair.
They'll be lighter, sharper and much easier to use.

Circletime27 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:34:37

In my experience no, you don’t need special scissors but don’t expect great results if you use a combination of kitchen and nail scissors 🙈

tainot Mon 06-Apr-20 11:39:26

I brought a set off Amazon for £18 normal scissors and thinning pair. They are excellent, very sharp.

MaggieFS Mon 06-Apr-20 11:42:12

Thanks everyone, I have completely unmanageable hair so I've always been in awe of my hairdresser and never doubted how skilled she is. Happy to admit I'm clueless, plus I don't have a fringe so I've never watched one cut. Just checking how much difference the scissors make before I get something. As mentioned, I used school style scissors - think cutting paper, crafts stuff etc so a bit finer than the kitchen scissors. Also found a pair that were noticeably sharper than the first pair.

And this is just DS.... goodness knows what will happen when DH needs doing gringrin
(My own will be nasty with roots and bouffy but can just be tied back!)

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MichaelBoobins Mon 06-Apr-20 11:46:13

I ordered some on eBay the other day. Be warned though hairdressing scissors are very very sharp.

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