A survey report published in 2020 suggested that 11 percent of the top professional hair stylists were left-handed. That’s a good number and for this reason all major shear manufacturers such as ScissorTech, Sam Villa and Hattori Hanzo have dozens of left-handed options. This article covers the top 5 brands that sell left handed hair cutting scissors.
HH4L Menuki by Hanzo
Let’s begin with Hattori Hanzo’s HH4L Menuki. These $900 are simply the best available in the market – although not very economical. These shears have a crane shaped handle which I love, a permanent finger rest, and countersunk tension control. The high price is justified by the use of premium molybdenum alloy and the anatomic thumb allows a decent range of motion. This allows hairstylists to create some intricate hairstyles. The HH4L Menuki shears are best suited for blunt and point cutting techniques. Additionally, many hairstylists use them for wet and dry hair. Overall excellent shears, free shipping, lifetime warranty and 15 day refund policy.
Akito F-2 Silver Left Handed Hair Cutting Scissors
The shears were first designed in 2016 and were a big hit. Akito standing true to its innovation tradition redesigned the shears in 2018 and remade it with full 100 percent Japanese Convex edge. These left handed hair cutting scissors are available in a wide array of sizes, ranging from 4.5 inches to 6.5 inches. It uses a UFO Counter-Lock Tension System for velvet smooth cutting that creates an excellent balance. The F-2 weight is distributed throughout the tension system which makes cutting an enjoyable experience. Its 3d thumb allows for a natural and versatile thumb position. Personally, I prefer Japanese steel over cobalt 440C but it still is durable enough with a 25 years claimed life. The Akito F2 Silver is an overall good tool for the price.
Essential Series Shear by Sam Villa
The Essential Series Shear is an amazing $300 shear by Sam Villa that gets the job done. Its proprietary handle design is unique and purpose-built to keep the wrist relaxed. It keeps the elbow in a safe downward position to prevent repetitive strain injuries. It comes in two sizes: 5.5 inches and 6.0 inches. Sam Villa claims that its smooth and long last convex blade can cut better than a Japanese shear. This shear is made with Japanese 440C stainless steel that is cryogenically tempered with steel to enhance the durability by up to 40 percent.
Lefty Matsui Rose Gold Aichei Mountain Offset Scissors by ScissorTech
ScissorTech has numerous left handed hair cutting scissor options but the Matsui Rose Gold is the most affordable one. At $250, these are probably one of the most affordable yet durable left handed scissors available in the market. These come in two sizes: 5.5 inches and 6.0 inches.
It is not a Japanese steel but rather made with cobalt infused steel which is perfect for slide cutting technique. It comes with scissor tech essentials such as a case, scissor oil, cleaning cloth, finger inserts and a tension adjuster which is a good thing as you don’t have to spend a lot of money on accessories. Matsui Rose has an offset handle and a solid finger rest which never gets loose. Overall good option to try on a limited budget.
HH3L Kenta by Hattori Hanzo
The HH3L Kenta is my favorite point-cutting tool. While there are numerous companies making left handed hair cutting scissors, there are not many which have swivel or double-swivel options. The Kenta is available in 5.5 and 6.0 inches size, in both single plus double-swivel versions. These shears are made with the tried and tested molybdenum alloy with a permanent finger rest, a screw-in bumper and countersunk locking tension control mechanism which is almost standard in all Hanzo shears.
The swivel functionality is beneficial as the stylist opens the shear, the thumb is permitted to swing outward and keep the top of the hand still. Now, the rest of the arm is in a much more straight and neutral position.