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Wellness: How To Pick the Right Pair of Shears

(New York, NY) – It’s soon to be 2024, time to reassess life and incorporate healthy habits for the new year.  For hairdressers, it’s a great time to reevaluate the arsenal of shears and how they relate to body positioning and control. 

Hairdressers use very specific areas of their bodies – fingers, hands, wrists, elbows – replicating the same movement over and over, day after day.  When that movement includes reaching the thumb back towards the ring finger, the thumb tendon is compromised with stress and inflammation.  And if the elbow is held high to cut, it puts pressure on the neck and elbows.  It all equals PAIN.  Sam Villa, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken was also having pain in his hands, so he consulted with a doctor to design shears that actually feel good in the hand and reduce and eliminate pain. 

Villa says, “These are like a pair of Louis Vuittons, they may take a week to get used to, but after that you’re performing at a higher level.”  See Villa explain how to hold hands to properly fit a pair of shears here.

Sam Villa Shears have an ergonomic forward set thumb position that forces the elbow down while cutting, eliminating neck and should pain. 

Traditional Shears
Elbow forced into a raised position
Stress on thumb tendon
Greater motion needed to open and close

Sam Villa Shears
Relaxed position with thumb forward and elbow down
Reduced thumb motion

Villa designed the shears to provide unparalleled comfort, precision and control to maximize longevity behind the chair.  The 100% Japanese steel and handcrafted convex blades glide smoothly though wet or dry hair and stay sharper longer.  And the dual finger tang stabilizes the top blade allowing a stylist to cut straighter, more precise lines using just the thumb blade.

Learn more about Sam Villa Signature, Essential, Streamline and Classic Series Shears here.

Sam Villa is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Sam Villa Company (Allvus, LLC), a leading education and styling tool company for the professional hair industry. He is also Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, a L’Oreal brand. Villa is the recipient of the 2023 INKD Icon Leadership Award, 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year, Hair Awards USA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2021 AHP Icon Stylist Influencer of the Year, 2020 International Hairdressing Awards ‘International Hair Influencer of the Year,’ the 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007) and Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). His inspiring education and innovative ergonomic styling tools can be experienced on The Sam Villa brand brings free digital education to everyone including hot tips and techniques, as well as access to livestreamed educational events. The company also offers professional tools for consumers so they can achieve salon-quality results at home with minimum effort. 

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