Thinning shears are scissors that have one blade with teeth and one blade without. These teeth are little grooves on the blade that will quickly take your hair out in even sections to help alleviate the excess weight, soften any lines, and blend between sections.
These thinning shears are used to remove bulk from the hair and give the ends a softer, more blended appearance. You can also use them to add texture to your hair and diffuse strong lines in a haircut. Now that you know more about what they are, you may be curious about and want to know how to use hair thinning scissors on yourself.
Buy the Right Pair
Your first step when using hair thinning scissors on yourself is to find and buy the right pair. You want to have thinning scissors that can both blend and texturize your hair. They’re also great for blending different levels of your hair naturally. Keep in mind that they’re versatile and get the job done quickly. You can use them to cut about 40-70 percent of hair off in a few quick cuts. There are typically 25 teeth on this specific type of shear. Another type you can buy, chunking scissors, are best used only when working with very thick hair.
Find thinning scissors that have adjustable screws to make your job easier. You can adjust the screw based on how much tension you need and want and what feels comfortable for you. It can make a big difference when you’re using hair thinning scissors on yourself.
Comb through Your Hair
Your next step after buying the right pair of hair thinning scissors is to comb through your hair. It’s best if your hair is freshly washed and still a bit damp. Comb your hair thoroughly and then run your fingers through your hair to ensure there are no tangles. You want to check for bulges or knots and comb through them before you begin.
Grab A Section of Your Hair & Begin Cutting
Begin by grabbing a section of hair (about ½ inch thick) from the front of your face. Hold the strands of hair in your hand away from your face about two to three inches. You should be holding the thinning scissors in your other hand and then start to cut hair diagonally about one inch inward from the outer tips.
Continue the process by grabbing another section of hair behind the first section you just cut and begin to thin your hair out using your scissors. Make sure you get all of your ends by repeating the process until you’ve gone all the way around your head. Be mindful not to cut too much at once and remember you can always go back and trim up spots you missed or want thinner.
Finally, take a towel or use your hands to clean your ends off. You can also rinse or wash your hair to ensure the loose ends are gone completely. You should now feel comfortable using and know how to use hair thinning scissors on yourself successfully.