Clippers or shears? There’s a general consensus among beauty industry educators and leaders that the average hairdresser needs to be equally skilled with both. Shears dominated the industry before. Using shears is a time-tested skill that every seasoned stylist learned early in their career. Now, clippers are beginning to overshadow other tools in the industry and techniques using shears are losing a little focus.

The details achieved using clippers or shears may appear very similar unless you are looking close. Clippers leave a mechanically defined cut because of the speed and precision of the tool. Shears allow you to control the small details and gives the hair cut a natural touch. Mastering both tools provides a better experience for the client overall.