Cutting and Trimming
The case for using a pair
of good quality hair scissors
Recently, I saw an online post where someone was asking for advice on doing their big chop, but didn’t have money to go to a barber or beautician to get it done. Posted advice included telling the young lady to cut her hair with just any kind of scissors. I had to weigh in on that with a resounding noooooooooooo! You don’t go cutting or trimming your hair with a regular pair of scissors. In her case, I don’t think I got to her soon enough because she later posted that she had used a pair of finger nail scissors. Now that’s just asking for trouble. Even with the highest quality pair of shears, which are designed to leave a good clean edge, cutting the hair traumatizes the shaft…so just imagine what any ole pair of scissors will do to your hair. Well actually, no need to imagine. Simply take a look at the picture below:
Even if you think your regular scissors is sharp enough, they’re likely not, and you’ll run the risk of leaving your hair even more prone to tearing and splitting. In fact, if you do your big chop with poor quality scissors, you may be contributing to a condition known as scab hair — rough, dry hair that’s hard to keep moisturized. Scab hair can be very frustrating and discouraging for new nappies who experience it so if you can do anything to not contribute to this condition, your hair will be better off for it.
So do yourself a favor and invest in a good pair of hair shears. You don’t have to break the bank to do it. You can buy a pair at places like Sally Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart or Walgreens for under $10. In the end…yes the pitful pun was intended, isn’t your hair worth it?