All About Chunking Shears
By Renee Gerber
, last updated December 22, 2011
Chunking shears are an essential tool for any professional hair stylist. When you do hair for a living, you simply cannot have only one type of scissor for cutting hair. It is important to own various pairs for different styling and cutting techniques.
Think about the way people look when they get their hair cut and styled in layers. Have you often wondered about how the stylist achieves this type of look, especially when the person has always been known for having their hair cut to a single length? This is where chunking shears -- also known as thinning or texturizing shears -- come into play.
Chunking shears are different from ordinary haircutting scissors because they have a special blade. They are designed to fit your hand ergonomically and have notches and teeth designed in the blades. This is so that, when cutting a customer's hair, the stylist can achieve an effect of creating different layers in the hair. They will remove considerably less hair in each snip, which is important when you are styling with layers.
Usually, when people think about hair being cut and styled in layers, they think of women, especially those with long hair. Well, chunking shears are also widely used in cutting shorter hair, including that on men. It is actually one of the most common haircutting tools used when giving a razor type cutting.
These special shears, just like regular haircutting scissors, are made from 100 percent stainless steel. The material is essential, as the tool will regularly get wet due to customers' hair being washed so that it is easier to cut and style it. You can expect a great layered cut when your stylist uses her or his chunking shears on your hair. If you have had your hair in a single length for a few years now and are considering getting layers, ask your stylist to show you his or her chunking shears during your visit. You will probably impress him or her with your knowledge on this very important haircutting tool!