By thinning shears, I mean these.
My hair is pretty short [important fact WRT to my question] so I get it cut every six weeks or so. I’ve had good haircuts and bad, sometimes from the same hairdresser and sometimes in short succession.
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a hairdresser said to me, “don’t ever let anyone use thinning shears on your hair.” The hairdresser I’m going to now does use them, and I quoted that former hairdresser to her and asked her what she thought, and she said, “Well, yeah, if you don’t know what you’re doing.”
But thinning shears seem to me like a quick and dirty way of removing bulk (I’m talking about a short haircut here, similar to this) because you don’t have anything better in your box of skills. My assessment as a non-professional haircutter but an experienced user of haircutting *services *is that a skilled use of scissors or the razor eliminates the need for thinning shears. Thinning shears, applied within a clump of bulky hair, seem to me like hacking away with no control.
Anyhoo…any opinions from hairdressers/customers on the use of this tool?