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Left handed shears

Shop our collection of premium grade left handed barber scissors and left handed hairdressing scissors, all handmade from premium Japanese steels and designed to the highest levels of ergonomics for control, performance and comfort.

All of Akito left handed scissors are made with both hairdressers and barbers in mind, to provide them with the most versatile and all round performance whilst being made from a selection of exceptional steels including Hitachi and 440C, providing supreme sharpness and durability craftsmanship.

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Lefty shears - FAQs

With most brands either refusing to stock left handed hair cutting scissors or having only very few designs it's not surprising that so many as a left handed hairdresser and barbers feel so frustrated.

With that in mind we have made it a priority to provide high quality lefty scissors options to our customers, something we have plans to grow even further in the coming years.

In this information we are going to explain why it is so important as a lefty hairdresser or barber to use the correct left hand scissors for you and the negative effects that not using them can have on your body and career.

Feeling left out?

In 2017 we ran a survey that showed that 12% ( 12 in every 100 ) hairdressers and barbers are in fact left-handed but only 4 of those 12 (or 1 in 3) actually use left handed hair scissors.

Unfortunatley this is no real surprise, as we live in such a right-handed dominated world where the majority of every-day appliences and tools are made for right-handed people forcing left handers to adjusts and adapt to use these items.

This makes it very difficult for left handed stylists to gain access to left handed shears forcing hairdressers and barbers from very early in their careers to use right handed hair cutting scissors. This is caused by miss information that suggests that all they need to do to make a right handed sciissor into a left hand scissor is to simply "flip the right handed scissors around", this however is false and will lead to severe injuries.

How long will it take for me to retrain?

Many experienced left-handed stylists who have been using right-handed scissors find it hard to adapt to using left-handed scissors because the subconscious mind automatically works the opposite way round and the hand has been ‘trained’ to apply the claw style grip. 

It takes an estimated 30 days to un-train the brain, a 30 day period for re-training and then an additional 30 days for it to become ‘natural’. 

Left handed people are said to be more adept at making these changes from living in a predominantly right-handed world, but it takes time, dedication and determination, which in a busy salon working environment can prove to be a challenge, but the long term health benefits outweigh this.

What are the benefits of using Left handed hair cutting scissors - as a lefty.

Premium quality left handed scissors hairdressing scissors generally feature a Japanese convex edge which is characterised by featuring a curvature on the edge shape that performs the cutting action from the tension between the blades as they are opened and closed. 

Using the correct handed scissor allows the scissor to ‘do the work’ by simply opening and closing them with no additional strain on the hand.

Alghtough, the opposite is true when you are a lefty using right-handed scissors as a lot of additional force is required for the left handed hairdressing scissors to work thus causing strain.

The reduction of strain significantly reduces the risks of developing carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI career threatening injuries.

Types of left handed scissors

There are three main types of hair cutting scissors left handed that dominate hairdressing and barbering which we can break down by size. These three types are Precison that range between 4.5 - 5.0, All-round from 5.5 to 6.25 and Power that are 6.5 +.

Choosing the perfect size of hairdressing scissors left handed scissors is unique to each person and you should choose whatever feels both most comfortable and suits your cutting style the most.

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Left handed barber scissors & left handed barber shears.

Many barber cutting techniques are performed on dry hair and benefit from using a blade with a little extra weight (and length), as this aids blade momentum and is particularly beneficial for use with intensely repetitive cutting techniques such as scissor over comb by allowing the left handed barbering scissors do the work and therefore help reduce hand and wrist fatigue. 

Whilst there is no rule of one size suits all, it is often the preferred choice for left handed barbers to use longer length scissors of 6 to 7 inch to enhance performance in power cutting techniques unique to the barbering craft. 

The longer length in the blade and therefore additional weight supplies extra power to the blade's cutting edge and is of great benefit when used with dry cutting techniques, helping lessen fatigue by reducing the hand effort needed to perform the cutting action.

Left Handed Hairdressing Scissors & Shears

There are factors to be taken into consideration when choosing the length of a hairdressing scissor, which is not necessarily ruled by hand size. 

In daily hairdressing salon life we encounter many different lengths, textures and use numerous cutting effects to suit our guests needs.

For this reason, the choice of scissor length preferred by hairdressers is most often 5.5 to 6 inches as a great all rounder. 

These lengths provide an easy and well balanced weight to control and are suitable for use on short precision work and have a blade weight to help with blade momentum which is beneficial for use in cutting baselines or slicing and slide cutting

Best lefty scissor handle

By using ergonomic offset hair scissors left handed handles, our working hand is in a more natural and relaxed position with the freedom of movement and control allowing our hand to remain in an unstrained state.

These handles ensure our hands are in the most natural position possble when cutting, supporting a more open hand and further freedom of movement. This has a huge impact on reducing tension build up in the wrist and thumb area protecting you from injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Not only do these designs protect your hands but also improve your posture when cutting therefore reducing the risk of developing back, elbow and shoulder injuries.

We ensure that each and every Akito hair scissors left handed are made with this level of ergonomics to not only protect you but provide exceptional comfort.

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Best left handed scissors

The Spirit barber scissors left handed are very popular among barbers due to their long-lenght heavier-weight blades as they are perfect for performing barbering and heavier duty hair cutting techniques.

They also perform perfectly on wet and dry hair types, they're also available in 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0.

Best left handed barber scissors

The Zenith 7 inch left handed barber scissors ferature our longest and heaviest blade design making them perfect for dry hair cutting and barbering hair cutting techniques.

Best left handed hairdressing and barber scissors

The F-2 Black Edition is the perfect choice and one of the best left handed barber scissors and left handed hairdressing scissors due to it's exceptional design, available in 5.0 inch, 5.5 inch and 6.0 inch they've become one of the msot popular of any our designs.

Their slim desgin make them masters of precision and intricate cutting whilst the weighted blade and barrel provide the power to make them a true all round lefty hair shear.

Best left handed hairdressing and barber scissors.

The F-2 Black Silver edition similarly to its counterpart is one of the best left handed scissors for barbers and hairdressers on the market today, available in a variety of sizes including 5.0 inch, 5.5 inch and 6.0 inch, they've become a must for hairdressers and barbers alike.

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