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How, When & Why To Use A Blending Shear To Texturize Hair

Lya Navarra

Author Lya Navarra

When do you use a blending shear vs. a straight shear? If your objective is to remove weight easily and quickly, work smarter and pick up your  blending shear.

What is a blending shear?

A blending or thinning shear typically has evenly spaced teeth on one side and a straight blunt blade on the other. It is used to remove weight and yes, blend the hair!

How do you use a blending shear?

We hear from many stylists who are utilizing their blending shear to complete and entire haircut – especially on men and women with shorter hair. Scissor over comb is cinch with a blending shear and the time you save along with the textured end result is well worth the effort.

There are many techniques that can be done with a blending Shear. Sam and Andrew will show a couple of techniques in this video using a blending shear. They find that many stylists are only aware of one blending technique – walking the shear down a section – many are really unaware of the versatility a blending shear can offer.

The two techniques shown in this video are perfect for extracting weight without much effort and without aggressive layering on long hair. Never let a shear control you in terms of the amount of hair to be removed. Discover how the right technique and the right hand positioning keep YOU in control of how much weight you would like to take out!

Sam Villa offers two types of blending or thinning shears to choose from, depending on the end result you would like to achieve:

Reversible Blending Shear

Sam Villa Signature Series Reversible Blending Shear

  • 42-tooth radial pattern eliminates all blunt lines
  • Perfect for extracting weight and adding controlled texture
  • Ideal for scissors over comb techniques
  • Dual finger rests allow the shear to be flipped for all cutting positions
  • Hand honed from 100% Japanese Molybednum Alloy for strength and durability
  • Handcrafted convex blades start out sharper and hold their edge longer vs. machine beveled blades

Essential Series Blending Shear

Sam Villa Essential Series Reversible Blending Shear

  • 30 teeth for light to moderate weight removal in the hair
  • Designed to extract weight and control texture
  • Ideal for creating softer edges and removing smaller amounts of hair
  • Dual finger rests allows for changing cutting position by flipping the shear
  • Convex blades provide the smoothest, longest lasting cut available – these type of blades are the same as our Signature Series Shears

Sam and Andrew also remind us that curly hair is the one hair type that will not benefit from most techniques utilizing a blending shear. You may have heard this from both of them – “The Ends Need Friends”! A blending shear will most likely over-soften the ends of curly hair – weight is needed for a smooth curl formation. Click here to learn more about how to cut curly hair.

Watch the video and remember to always keep a different way of thinking and doing in you head to change things up behind the chair!