You've probably been in this situation before: You're wildly overdue for a haircut, but you just can't find a way to get to a salon or barbershop for an appointment. Becoming your own at-home hairstylist may sound daunting, but the good news is that with the right set of tools, anyone can freshen up their own locks. To start, you'll want to get yourself a pair of the best hair cutting shears so that you tackle your grooming needs the proper way.
When shopping for hair shears, it's important to know that they're not interchangeable with the craft scissors from your junk drawer or the pair in your kitchen knife set. If you use either type for a DIY haircut, it will do more harm than good as they are too blunt and can bend the hair, making cuts way less accurate.
Dedicated hair cutting scissors, on the other hand, are much sharper. They are also typically crafted from durable stainless steel, have a finger rest for a better control, and feature a screw that lets you fine-tune the tension to your liking.
Beyond that, there are a few other key specs you may need to consider:
Blade length: Shears with a blade length of 6 to 7 inches is ideal for cutting both short and longer length hair. Any less than that is optimal for trimming facial hair and sideburns.
Hand position: The majority of options are intended for right-handers, so lefties need to make sure to pick shears that are designed for them.
Future needs: If there's a chance your at-home grooming may need to serve multiple needs (or people), consider a kit that comes with additional tools like thinning shears for softening ends or a razor comb for defining edges.