Quick Insight on the utility of Different Shears for blending, thinning, and texturizing

Texturizers may be referred to as thinners, however many people are unsure of the difference between the two. When it comes to shears, there are three primary types, those that blend, those that thin, and those that are used to create texture.

Does blending shears differ from thinning shears, or from texturizing shears?

It is technically possible to categorise a blending shear as either a thickener or a texturizer. It all comes down to the hairstyle you’re trying to mix when it comes to blending a haircut. The shear may need more or fewer teeth depending on the situation. Shorter haircuts benefit from having more teeth for blending. Longer haircuts, such as those with layers, benefit from having fewer teeth for blending. The shear with the most teeth is often used to cut the thinnest material.

Texturizing shears, on the other hand, are similar to thinners in that the only main variation is the number of teeth and the amount of hair they remove. Texturizing shears, for example, have from 5 to 24 teeth. The term “texturizing shears” refers to a tool that removes a large volume of hair in order to give the hair more movement or structure.

Using thinning shears, how do you blend?

The ‘Scissor over comb’ is a classic method for blending hair using hair thinning shears. Straight blade scissors can be used to blend out the hair in a short style just as you would with a conventional straight blade. This technique is frequently employed by barbers and hairstylists to create short back and Sides haircuts for both men and women.

Choosing a pair of thinning or texturizing shears

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it might be difficult to find the correct thinning or texturizing shears. Make sure you’re getting a high-quality steel scissor when you buy your first, second, or third straight blade shear. When it comes to your thinners and texturizers, the same holds true. When going through hair, low-quality steel will snag and pull more easily. A decent quality steel thinner/texturizer is even more vital than your regular scissors because you don’t use your thinners and texturizers as often, so who can say if one of the teeth breaks.

You should also consider what you intend to use the shears for and how many teeth are needed to get the job done before making a purchase. You can choose between 27 and 42 teeth on your thinning shears if all you want is the ability to thin or blend your hair. Keep in mind that the more teeth on a shear, the less hair will come out in one snip and pull down. Having less teeth (from 27 teeth) means more hair is likely to come out from one snip and pull down if you are truly using them for this purpose.


With that being said, picking for the right pair of shears for your specific hairstyle isn’t that difficult!? As long as you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for and how to use it, you’ll be fine. A bad shear will destroy your client’s hair just like your scissors, so please, please, choose your shears carefully.


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