What Are the Best Hairdressing Scissors to Buy?

The best hairdressing scissors cost anything between £10-20, and we here at the Shaving Emporium, consider that to be a worthwhile investment. When you think of the many items that you have to buy for the house, investing in a pair of good quality scissors, that should only ever be used for cutting hair is just a very good idea.

If you decide to do that, then never use these quality of scissors, for any other type of task, other than cutting hair.

​There are any number of brands who make and sell these types of scissors. Here we have looked at the many types, shapes and sizes that are available, and we have then picked out what we believe to be some of the very best on the market today.

best hairdressing scissors

When we started our research on these, we honestly expected these to cost an absolute fortune. We were actually surprised when we found that they were not actually priced that badly. There are of course some very high end brands, but we will cover those later in this article.

​More and more people are starting to use hair clippers at home. These clippers usually come in a boxed set with combs etc. Many of these will also usually have a pair of scissors. Now clearly these will do the job, but if you want an even better and more accurate cut, then you should consider getting salon quality scissors. They are not a huge investment and will just do a more professional job.

​he top of the range scissors that professional barbers and hairdressers use will cost around £20-25, but you often find them discounted. For example we found many reduced from just under £25 down to under £6-12 over at Amazon.

Top 5 Buyer Rated Hairdressing Scissors

Below we have put together a table that shows the top 5 hairdressing scissors, that are currently available on the UK market. We have listed them by the highest buyer rated, and also on the best value for money.

Please note if you click on the product name, it will take you to Amazon UK, where you can read the actual buyer reviews. If you prefer, we have done an individual review, on each of the scissors, under the table, where you can get more information.​

It is clear to see from the table above, that the top 3 do pretty much stand out from the rest. Now we have done an individual, and more detailed review on each, down below.

No 1 Scissor Choice - Sanguine Professional Hairdressing Scissors 5.5 inch Review

no 1 rated hairdressing scissors
  • These are professional deep black 5.5 inch scissors
  • They are handcrafted from Japanese steel (J2 Standard)
  • Very sharp blades which do not damage the hair or cause split ends
  • They have a removable finger rest
  • There is a tension screw system for blade tuning when required

Underneath I have broken down the number of people who rated these Sanguine scissors. Buyers rated these based on a 5 star system, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

You can see the percentage breakdown of star awards below.​

85 %
5 STARS
11 %
4 STARS
2 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STARS

85 out of 100 buyers gave these a 5 star rating. 96% rated them 4 stars or higher. Only 1% deemed them worth a 1 star rating. They cost on average £12-15.


No 2 Scissor Choice - Sanguine Hairdressing Scissors 5.5 inch with presentation case Review

no 2 rated hairdressing scissors
  • These are also from the same Sanguine brand, shown for the first pair of scissors.
  • They are also professional multi-coloured 5.5 inch scissors
  • They are handcrafted from Japanese steel (J2 Standard)
  • They come in a very nice presentation box and are very high quality. The importance of hairdressing scissors is that they are very sharp, and as such will not cause split ends in your hair. They also give a very clean cut, and that is important when dealing with fine hair.
  • They have a removable finger rest
  • There is a tension screw system for blade tuning when required

These particular ones also come with what is called a finger rest, which of course rests the finger, but also allows a much larger degree of control. If you don't like that, it can simply be screwed off and put to one side.

Personally, we would recommend keeping it on for the control purposes. The company are so confident in their product that they are happy to exchange or refund with no questions asked.

Underneath I have broken down the number of people who rated these Sanguine scissors. Buyers rated these based on a 5 star system, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

You can see the percentage breakdown of star awards below.​ They turned out to be the same as the number one on our list.

85 %
5 STARS
11 %
4 STARS
2 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STARS

85 out of 100 buyers gave these a 5 star rating. 96% rated them 4 stars or higher. Only 1% deemed them worth a 1 star rating. They cost on average £10.50-13.


No 3 Scissor Choice - Professional Hairdressing Scissors for Barber Salon Review

no 3 hairdressing scissors
  • Made from 100% stainless steel
  • They are 6" cutting scissors that weigh only 2 ounces
  • They have an easy grip handle
  • There is a tension screw system for blade tuning when required

Some people prefer the classical look and feel of the traditional barber scissors, and if that is the case, then we would highly recommend these. They are used up and down the length of the UK in many barber shops. They are made from stainless steel as you would expect, have an adjustable tension screw and cost around £6

When you look at the picture, you can see the way that the handles have been shaped to suit and fit the natural contours of your hand. That is important especially when you are just trying to concentrate on cutting the actual hair. Ordinary scissors do not have these types of shapes in them, and when doing delicate jobs, it is important that there is no slipping.

These scissors have razor sharp edges and a really natural balance to them. A few of the guys here at the Emporium will only ever use these as they are tried and tested and used by professionals.

Underneath I have broken down the number of people who rated these Sanguine scissors. Buyers rated these based on a 5 star system, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

You can see the percentage breakdown of star awards below.​ They turned out to be the same as the number one on our list.

85 %
5 STARS
11 %
4 STARS
2 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STARS

85 out of 100 buyers gave these a 5 star rating. 96% rated them 4 stars or higher. Only 1% deemed them worth a 1 star rating. They cost on average £10.50-13.


No 4 Scissor Choice - Manicare 16.5cm Hairdressing Scissors Review

no 4 rated hairdressing scissors
  • Made from 100% Japanese steel
  • They are 16.5 cm (6.5") cutting scissors 
  • They have precision ground blades
  • There have a finger rest and pouch

These are around £6 which makes buying hairdressing scissors affordable for anyone. These are made from Japanese stainless steel with high precision blades. They also have a finger rest and come with a pouch to keep them clean. They will never rust and the main difference between these and those we have reviewed above, is that they have no adjustment screw.

They can be used on either wet or dry hair. They also have 24 karat gold plated handles which really sets them off, and the grip is larger than the other two we have reviewed above. Many reviewers at Amazon who are actually hairdressers say that these are very good. Here is one short example of what we mean

Underneath I have broken down the number of people who rated these Sanguine scissors. Buyers rated these based on a 5 star system, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

You can see the percentage breakdown of star awards below.​ They turned out to be the same as the number one on our list.

57 %
5 STARS
15 %
4 STARS
11 %
3 STARS
5 %
2 STARS
11 %
1 STARS

57 out of 100 buyers gave these a 5 star rating. 72% rated them 4 stars or higher. There were however 11% deemed them worth a 1 star rating. They cost on average £6-8

No 5 Scissor Choice - Neverland Professional 6" Salon Cutting Hairdressing Scissors Review

no 5 rated Hairdressing Scissors
  • Please note that these are thinning scissors.
  • Durable, meticulous workmanship, good sharpness, and 6" long
  • High quality steel, and very sharp

These are around £6 and ideal for anyone who likes a touch of pink in their scissors.

Underneath I have broken down the number of people who rated these Sanguine scissors. Buyers rated these based on a 5 star system, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

You can see the percentage breakdown of star awards below.​ They turned out to be the same as the number one on our list.

65 %
5 STARS
18 %
4 STARS
8 %
3 STARS
3 %
2 STARS
6 %
1 STARS

65 out of 100 buyers gave these a 5 star rating. 83% rated them 4 stars or higher. There were however 6% deemed them worth a 1 star rating. They cost on average £6-8

Video on How to Choose the Right Scissors

Hairdressing Scissor Buying Guide

If you are just buying a pair of scissors to use at home for family haircuts, then there is no need to buy the many different types that you would find in a professional barbers or hairdressers.

Ideally you want a pair that feel comfortable in your hand and are nicely balanced. When it comes to picking scissors, then you should know, that the length of scissors are measured from the tip of the blades to the end of the longest finger hole.

There are two different types of blades known as:

  1. Convex
  2. Bevelled

Experienced hairdressers will use convex blades as they are very sharp, and are super useful for certain styling techniques. For the average person at home though, bevelled blades are ideal. They are nice and light, can be used for cutting hair when it is dry and are excellent for general purpose cutting.

Scissor Handles

For the average person the handles on scissors is seldom a feature, that we would pay a great deal of attention to. At the end of the day we only use these for general purpose cutting activities.

They are not in our hands for very long so we don't give them a great deal of thought, if indeed any at all. For barbers and hairdressers these are an essential tool of the trade. Therefore comfort in their fingers is a primary concern as they will have these in their hands for long parts of their working day.

For those interested there are 3 types of handles:

  1. Even handle - the basic look
  2. Offset handle - one handle is slightly longer than the other - much more comfortable
  3. Crane handle - like the offset though the top handle is very straight

The single purpose of the offset and crane is to help avoid user fatigue and finger cramp. They almost force the elbow into a lower position and that stops arm fatigue.

Other Types of Hairdressing Scissors

Now there are other types of scissors used by hairdressers such as thinning, texturising and slicing but for most people doing their own hair, or their family's hair, these are best to be avoided. Using these requires specialist training otherwise you will make a mess of it. Please do not be tempted.

Sharpening Your Scissors

It will all come down to how much use they get but you should have them sharpened once a year. The only problem you will have is trying to find someone who can do this for you. I know where I live there really isn't anyone with that specialist skill. I just buy a new set as it is probably just as cheap

Expensive Hairdressing Scissors

expensive hairdressing scissors

There are of course expensive, but very high quality hairdressing scissors available. These are from brands such as Tsubame, Suvorna, Jaguar, Koi Evolution, Sensei, Saki Saki, Joewell, Olivia Garden and others.

These can set you back anything between £50-200 for your scissors.​ As an example of this, these Jaguar Diamond scissors, shown to the right, cost around £160. I understand how professional hairdressers and barbers, can justify that spend. For the home hair cutter like me, it would break my heart.

For most people, the hairdressing scissors we have shown you in our top 5 list, are an excellent choice, for your home hairdressing needs.

Enda
 

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