Hair: Q&A – Thinning Scissors

Today’s question is from Lucy.

Lucy asked:

I am wondering how to repair hair that has been hacked with those silly shear type
scissors(like pinking shears)…My hair has a big patch of split ends on one side.
Is there a type of shampoo/conditioner that will help splilt ends?

Ok, the scissors you are referring to are “thinning scissors”.
Instead of a blade they have teeth.
The idea of thinning scissors is to remove bulk, rather than actually
altering your hairstyle. They are great for use of people with
thicker hair, or for making a style look and feel lighter.
They are fabulous for adding texture to shorter styles.

Here’s what a pair of “thinning scissors” look like…

There’s always a BUT!!!!
But, they should be used sparingly. A few snips with thinning
scissors can make all the difference. This is where some hairdressers go wrong.
You can cut too much using thinning scissors and you do need to know what
you’re doing before you pick up a pair.

Lucy, the split ends feeling is from the thinning scissors.
I’d say the hairdresser has thinned it a little too much.
If you put your fingers in toward the roots, does it feel spikey?
That’s a sure sign a little too much has been taken out.

There’s not a lot you can do about it, it just has to grow.
Next time you go for a cut, ask that they don’t thin it out.
Just ask for a blunt cut. Depending on how quickly your
hair grows will determine if it’s a haircut or two before that hair
gets back to normal.

As for using a shampoo or conditioner to help the split ends,
it’not that kind of split ends that you can rejuvenate with a shampoo
and conditioner.

I hope that answers your question a little better, Lucy!

Chat soon,

6 replies
  1. shears
    shears says:

    Some while ago I received an interesting e-mail to ask how best to use the thinning scissors, I thought that this question was so good that I would have to share your answer.

    Thinning scissors are something you can buy, and usually you just try, because there are no guide lines of their place of work, down side to this is that you are going to disrupt someone's hair or loses confidence with your mistakes.

    These scissors make an even amount of hair one section, they are made to cut below the top of your article, something about a centimeter or half an inch, gaining weight or "thin" hair instead of leaving a blunt edge to your haircut. This is normally done by the top of the haircut.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks Chelle… I didn't go back to that hairdresser and ask now that those type of scissor not be used on my hair.

    Lucy xx

  3. Joewell
    Joewell says:

    You're quite right about ensuring you don't do too much with the thinning scissors, otherwise it's a repair job working around the rest of the head.


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