3 Ways Your Shears Can Help You Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries are very common among hairstylists, especially injuries involving the wrists, elbows, and shoulders. The reason why is quite simple; hairstylists are moving constantly, performing delicate movements 8, 9, or 10 hours a day. And they're not always mindful of pain or their bodies while doing so.  

If you plan to cut hair for the next several years, you need to start taking measures now to protect yourself from repetitive stress injuries. Following are three ways your shears can help you avoid repetitive stress injuries. 

Use Sharp Scissors

The more pressure you have to use to close your scissors, the more likely you will be to injure yourself. Always cut hair with sharp scissors. If you feel like your shears aren't cutting through the hair effortlessly, they need sharpened. Also, do not use cheap scissors. It's very hard to get them as sharp as they need to be. You could sharpen them regularly and still be placing too much strain on your muscles, tendons, and bones when you use them simply because they aren't going to cut well regardless of how many times you sharpen them. 

Select Ergonomically Correct Scissors

There are dozens of styles of scissors. Some are offset while others have finger rings that line right up. Why are there so many options? Everyone is different. What may feel comfortable for one, may not be comfortable for you. Always choose shears that are comfortable for you. Avoid shopping from a catalog or online. Get the shears in your hand and try them out before making a decision. 

While cutting, the shears should be comfortable enough to allow you to cut hair without overextending your wrist in any direction. If you have to contort your wrist or fingers to hold the shears properly, they're not a good fit.  

Pay Attention to The Weight

Select scissors that are lightweight. Heavy scissors place too much strain on your delicate wrists. While heavier scissors may seem like they are higher quality, they are not. The best scissors are made from lightweight metals that maintain a sharp edge after hundreds of haircuts. 

As you can see, there are several ways you can prevent repetitive stress injuries with the right hair-cutting shears. Always select comfortable scissors that are lightweight and easy to handle. Also, be sure to have yours sharpened regularly. You should have yours sharpened approximately every 800 to 1,000 haircuts