“ Type: Scissors / Brand: Boots / Sub-type: Hair Accessories - Scissors „
I bought my Boots Professional Hairdressing Scissors when my daughter needed her first hair trim. I couldn't see the point in paying about £10 to go to the hairdresser, and all my friends seem to cut their own kids hair which saves money. I think the scissors were about £8 so with children I have definitely saved quite a bit in haircuts, especially as I have one boy whose hair needs cutting quite regularly.
They are quite a basic pair of metal scissors, silver in colour with a ledge on on of the scissors handle holes. I'm not actually sure what this ledge is for as I use my index finger and a thumb, but I think hairdressers use their thumb and fourth finger and then balance the scissors on the third.
The scissors are sharp and cut the hair very evenly with having to pull, a snip gives a nice clean cut. The end of the scissor blades is pointed so useful for cutting odd hairs and hair around the back of the neck.
I am no hair cutting expert, however I can neatly cut my daughters long hair which is wavy so it is straight along the bottom and also my son's hair into a longish crew cut, he has quite curly hair. I have even had people compliment me on my kids hairstyles, so my hairdressing can't be that bad!
A couple of times I have cut my own, just a trim along the bottom, however I don't find it very easy to do the back and it really makes my arms ache. Therefore, as I also prefer to have layers I do go to the hairdressers to get my own hair cut.
I guess cutting my own kids hair probably saves me at least £50 a year, so in the four years I have been cutting my daughter's hair and two year my son's it money well saved. The scissors show no sign of wear and area still as sharp as the day I first bought them, so I will continue to cut my kid's hair as long as they will allow me to!
~Boots Professional Hairdressing Scissors~
I have had 2 pairs of these Boots Professional Hairdressing Scissors and have found them to be quite reliable and easy to use. I had my first set of these scissors in use as something to trim hair with for a year or so before I had to get a new pair, although I am pleased to say that my second set of these scissors have out lived the first pair and remain in regular use. My first set of these became blunt after they were used to cut things other than hair with, which dulled the cutting blades. I have taken more care with the second set of scissors and kept them only for cutting hair with, which has protected them.
I bought my first set of scissors in the sale where they were reduced to just £2, which I feel was very good value for a pair of hairdressing scissors. The second set that I bought cost £7 at the time of purchase (which was the full price), although the scissors have gone up a little in price since then. When I bought both sets of scissors they came simply packed in a plain clear fronted plastic hang bag that showed the scissors off well, so that I was able to make up my mind about whether to buy them without having to take them out of the pack. Even though I bought my sets of scissors more than a year apart the design seems to have remained the same as they look identical.
~Using the scissors~
Once out of the pack these scissors have a set of sharp and smooth cutting surfaces to them which give a good clean cut through wet or dry hair. The scissors have stainless steel blades that are sturdy and well formed, which do keep nice and sharp if used only to cut hair with. You can adjust the closeness of the cutting blades slightly if wanted, although I left both sets of scissors as they were straight out of the pack when I got them, as they seemed to function well enough and needed no adjustment. There is a finger rest provided which is there so as to offer greater control when cutting hair and I feel this is helpful to have.
In use the scissors work well and are easy to handle in my opinion. I have used my second set of scissors to cut hair with on a regular basis and found them to be very easy to work with. The scissors give a nice clean cut once you get used to using them and can be used for styling and trimming hair. I have made sure that I have used the second set of scissors only for cutting hair so as to keep the cutting blades nice and sharp, which has helped them stay in good condition. The first set I bought are still in use for cutting paper and card with as they have lost their sharpness.
~Product rating/ price~
My rating for these well priced hairdressing scissors is 4 stars as I feel that they are reasonable to buy and work well once in use. I would look to buying from this range again should I need to replace my scissors, as I find that results given have been rather good with the second set I bought. You can end up paying far more money for a good set of hair dressing scissors, which is why I feel that these particular ones are a good buy as they give a nice precise cut at a fair price. The price for the scissors at the moment is £8.29.
I've always hated the hairdressers, not the people but the whole experience, which is strange because there is nothing I love more than a nice head massage from the other half. The last time I went was about a month before my wedding in 1987. I don't really have a style as such, not since I grew out my fringe and I just need something to keep the ends of my hair looking neat. You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find a decent scissors just to do this minor and relatively simple task. Scissors to cut hair, and fabric need for some reason to be much sharper than those used for other everyday tasks, otherwise the hair slips around between the blades and the line of cut is uneven with each snip.
I can't afford to splash out on a razor sharp professional pair from a trade magazine or similar so when I saw the Boots 'professional' hairdressing scissors for (when I first bought them) about £6.00 I was keen to give them a try. I've been through lots of scissors including 'hairdressing' scissors from my local pharmacy (which weren't bad but a bit short) and have been a bit disappointed with the results, so hoped these would perform better. They currently cost £8.12 with 32 advantage points, and are part of the current 3 for 2 offer on haircare, this all including the price will fluctuate.
They are a nice looking pair of scissors and don't have the gold plated/toned handles you so often see in this design, which I prefer I think the silver colour looks nice and sleek and clean. The shape is the traditional sharp pointed style for fine snippy work (so of course don't allow children to use them or the other half if they are anything like mine) with that little metal tail on the hole where your middle finger goes, that you often see on hairdressing scissors, I find that my ring finger rests comfortably on this and gives good non slip control of the scissors.
I've owned two pairs of these scissors as my eldest nicked my first pair, and both are still nice and sharp. There has been some deterioration in the older one but it still does a decent job. Of course they don't get the frequency of use that a salon pair would and if using in any semi professional capacity or for a large family that needs frequent hair cuts you'd probably find them dulling after a while, and may find they need a little sharpen. I have to resist the urge to use them to cut anything else as you are not supposed to use haircutting shears for everyday use or you will mess up the blades. I worked in a clothing factory for a year in between Laboratory (school labs) and secretarial jobs in the 80's. Hand cutting lining for bespoke menswear, our shears were our bread and butter and prized possessions. So imagine my horror when I found my father in law cutting his new carpet (he was laying it himself) with them! They had to go straight off to be professionally sharpened. You wouldn't want to try that with these!
The grip is very comfortable, and the blades slide across each other nicely and have a good tight fit. They don't tug at the hair, well not much, it has happened once or twice but nothing compared to the problems I've had with some other similarly priced scissors.
I've started cutting the husbands hair now too, since a number two cut went up to £8.00 at our local hairdressers, WAY to much in my opinion. I will invest in one of those buzzy shears before too long, but in the mean time these scissors make light work of a job I frankly hate, and give a nice even finish once the job is done. With the slim pointed blades it is nice and easy to get in around his big flappy ears - though he has screamed like a girl on occasion when I've got a 'little' too close for comfort, and copes well with the nape of his short stubby neck... I do love him honest. I think it's very important that hair cutting scissors are sharp meet well right to the very tip, too many only give a good cut near the 'hinge', but these while not perfect give a more than good enough cut right along the length of the scissors.
I wouldn't say these are a genuinely professional level product, and our house hold does not challenge them much in terms of creating styles, but for our needs we find them one of the best of the cheaper range of hair scissors that we have tried, and would certainly buy them again in the future.
I have never liked going to the hairdressers to have my hair cut. I always think it is wasting my money which I could be spending on other things that are more important. I used to have a friend who cut my hair at home but after she stopped doing it I grew it long for a few years while I was working then when I left my job I decided to have it all cut off in a short style. My OH paid for me to have it done at the hairdressers but I was not at all comfortable being there and decided when I got home that from then on I would try to keep it the same style by cutting it myself and getting my family to help me with the bits I can't see at the back.
I decided to have a look in Boots at their hairdressing range and found these scissors in there. They were not that expensive to buy (Currently £8.12) so I left my hair to grow out about an inch and then I had a go at it.
My way of thinking was that if my hair is growing at the same rate all over then if I cut one inch off of every hair then it would go back to the style I already had. So I wet my hair and started at the front where I could see in the mirror. I lifted my hair up and snipped about an inch off the top and carried on doing this over all my head. The scissors were very easy to use, the holes in the ends where you put your fingers through were really comfortable and mean they did not slip as I was cutting. Also they felt really sharp so they cut through the hair at the first snip without having to chop at the hair to make it all come off. I also found they were really good at trimming the bits around my ears and shaping the sides as they cut a nice line through the hair and where they are pointy at the ends you can snip just a small amount if you want to.
When I had finished cutting I styled my hair the way I had been styling it and it looked really nice. My other half said it look nice too when he got home. Since that day I have never been to the hairdressers again. My youngest daughter started to help me do the back of my hair as my arms were playing up and I couldn't reach round there, and then she started doing the whole of my hair. Between us, we have started to change the style over the years so that its not all the same length all over anymore. The last time I cut it which was last week, I cut most of the front and top and then my other half cut the back for me with me telling him what to do. It looked fine in the mirror afterwards.
The scissors are still as sharp as when I first bought them, you can wipe them with a piece of kitchen roll after use. It is best to keep these scissors just for hair cutting though as I think if you used them for something like cutting paper then they might blunt easily and you wouldn't be able to use then on your hair anymore without having to chop at it.
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I bought these scissors as I like to cut my daughters own hair, I paid £7.99p for these scissors and lets say they were a very good buy, I was paying £6 a time for her hair cutting at the hairdressers and she only ever used to get a trim, eventually I realised that I would save a fortune buying some proper scissors and cutting it myself.
The scissors are totally metal, and silver in colour, on the hoops where your fingers go you have a ledge sort of thing to put your thumb on, I find that doing this is easier as its easier to keep hold of the scissors and keep your fingers in place.
The scissors are pretty sharp and cut through hair really easily, I have never yet messed up on my daughters hair and saved a fortune from the hairdressers, they seem to cut really straight and the edges are really straight. I will say they are not the lightest of scissors but they are not too heavy either.
I have used these scissors quite a few times now, as I cut my daughters hair every 6 weeks, and they have not lost their sharpness yet, although I do think they will eventually, If they did I would buy these scissors again, I even have my mam phoning me to ask me to trim here, I will say I will only ever trim hair as I do not trust myself to cut too much off, but so far they have done the job I have needed them for so they were well worth the money I have paid for them, I would even recommend them to professionals, although if you are not confident in yourself to cut hair then I would not even try loll