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No, you should never use general purpose scissors to cut hair. Scissor that are not designed to cut hair will cause split ends. General purpose scissors are not designed or sharp enough to cleanly cut the hair cuticle. Therefore, it leaves a jagged edge which creates a split end. The same can be said for hair scissor that are not sharpen when needed.
Ask someone when they know to get a haircut. Here's some of the answers you'll hear."When I get split ends". "When I start getting knots that won't come out even with conditioner". "When I can't take it anymore" etc. Lots of us probably heard every 6-8 weeks. But that can't possibility apply to everyone. Hair textures and lengths are a big factor as well. Here's when it's truly time for a trim. If you have tight course curls (12 weeks). Long hair that's wavy or straight (8-12 weeks). Fine or medium curls (8-12 weeks). Long layers (6-8 weeks). Many different layers (6 weeks). Bob or lob (6 weeks). Fine hair that's wavy or straight (4-6 weeks). Short hair (4 weeks). Damaged hair (4 weeks). Read More
How do you know what to buy? The same way you would buy any expensive item like a car or electronic devices. You would go by past performance, reviews, reputation, test drive it, friends opinions, etc. Would you buy a new car based on specs? The specs of the car are great, but the car runs and rides horrible. It's no different with scissors. Anybody looking for specs on scissors to determine the best scissor, is really wasting their time!
Thinning Shears: Texture (or texturizing) and thinning shears look similar however each provide different results. Thinning shears remove excess weight from hair and use smaller teeth.These shears are designed to blend away demarcation lines left by hair scissor and soften the look. Newer models can have anywhere for 28-40 teeth.
This is one of the most asked questions. There is no specific time period. It's primarily based on care and maintenance. Daily care and maintenance should be performed. This includes cleaning and oiling, along with correct tension and adjustment. Other factors are the hair texture, dry vs. wet, number of cuts performed over a period of time and quality of the scissors. Scissor Sharpening